USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser

USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser

Guadalcanal 1942

Duel 22
  • Author: Mark Stille
  • Illustrator: Paul Wright, Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: DUE 22
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2009
  • Number of Pages: 80
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Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presents the cruiser clashes during the battles for Guadacanal , highlighting the Battle of Savo Island and the Battle of Cape Esperance. The first was a Japanese victory that resulted in the loss of four Allied cruisers. However, in the latter, the Americans managed to turn the tables despite the battle being fought throughout the night. This book presents a view of the design and development of the opposing weapons systems, illustrated with newly commissioned digital artwork. It uses firsthand accounts to bring the battles to life and explain why the Americans suffered early on, but eventually had their revenge.

Biographical Note

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in history from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 30 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific. He is also the author of several wargames. Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Campaign 69: Nagashino 1575 and Campaign 72: Jutland 1916. Howard lives and works in Kent, and completed the battlescene and cover artwork for this volume. Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specialising in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brien, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. An Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey, and completed the gunsight views for this volume.


Introduction Chronology Design and development: Strategic situation: A review of the strengths and weaknesses of each cruiser force Technical Specifications: A review of the main cruiser classes The Combatants: A discussion of the training, training, and conditions of service for the cruiser sailors on each side. The mini-biographies will include command and ship captain level Combat: The Battle of Savo and the Battle of Cape Esperance Statistics and Analysis: Overall losses during the war, number of ships employed, how ships were lost and an assessment of the superior force Aftermath: The fate of the two navies' cruiser forces after 1942. The focus will be a brief examination of the other cruiser actions that occurred after 1942.

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