Rabaul 1943–44

Reducing Japan's great island fortress

Rabaul 1943–44 cover

Rabaul 1943–44

Reducing Japan's great island fortress

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In 1942, the massive Japanese naval base and airfield at Rabaul was a fortress standing in the Allies' path to Tokyo. It was impossible to seize Rabaul, or starve the 100,000-strong garrison out. Instead the US began an innovative, hard-fought two-year air campaign to draw its teeth, and allow them to bypass the island completely.

The struggle decided more than the fate of Rabaul. If successful, the Allies would demonstrate a new form of warfare, where air power, with a judicious use of naval and land forces, would eliminate the need to occupy a ground objective in order to control it. As it turned out, the Siege of Rabaul proved to be more just than a successful demonstration of air power--it provided the roadmap for the rest of World War II in the Pacific.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Attackers' Capabilities
Defenders' Capabilities
Campaign Objectives
The Campaign
Aftermath and Analysis
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Jan 23 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472822444
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Air Campaign
Short code ACM 2
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Lardas

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Mark Postlethwaite

Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1…

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