Pacific Carrier War: Carrier Combat from Pearl Harbor to Okinawa (Hardcover)

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A detailed and comprehensive study of the carrier formations of the Pacific War, including their origins, development, and key battles from the Coral Sea, through Midway and Guadalcanal to the battle of the Philippine Sea.

The defining feature of the Pacific Theater of World War II was the clash of carriers that ultimately decided the fate of nations. The names of the battles become legendary as some of the most epic encounters in the history of naval warfare. Pre-war assumptions about the impact and effectiveness of carriers were comprehensively tested in early war battles such as Coral Sea, while US victories at Midway and in the waters around Guadalcanal established the supremacy of its carriers. The US Navy's ability to adapt and evolve to the changing conditions of war maintained and furthered their advantage, culminating in their comprehensive victory at the battle of the Philippine Sea, history's largest carrier battle, which destroyed almost the entire Japanese carrier force.

Examining the ships, aircraft, and doctrines of both the Japanese and US navies and how they changed during the war, Mark E. Stille shows how the domination of American carriers paved the way towards the Allied victory in the Pacific.

About the Author

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) spent his naval career as an intelligence officer serving on the Joint Staff, the faculty of the Naval War College, and in the ship's company of two aircraft carriers. He is the author of over 40 Osprey titles, focusing on the naval history of the Pacific War. He recently retired from government service after a total of 39 years in the intelligence community and now lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Praise For…

“An excellent book, thoroughly recommended.” —Miniature Wargames

“An excellent introduction into the decisive role played by aircraft carriers in the Pacific campaigns.” —History of War

"Pacific Carrier War provided a thought-provoking, engaging read, and is recommended." - The Naval Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472826336
ISBN-10: 1472826337
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English