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US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1942-45 [Kindle Edition]

Mark Stille , Tony Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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"The superlative images in the book are further enhanced by the artwork of Tony Bryan... this is a book that ship fans will just have to have in their libraries and the rest of us will find it an excellent primer on the types." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com"

"The book does its job well in describing the Essex and Independence class carriers. There are also many photographs and paintings of the carriers while either on a regular cruise or in combat actions. In all, a good book from Osprey to read for those interested in US carriers and their operations." - Andrew Nguyen, "ww2db.com" (October 2009)

Review

"The superlative images in the book are further enhanced by the artwork of Tony Bryan... this is a book that ship fans will just have to have in their libraries and the rest of us will find it an excellent primer on the types." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com"

"The book does its job well in describing the Essex and Independence class carriers. There are also many photographs and paintings of the carriers while either on a regular cruise or in combat actions. In all, a good book from Osprey to read for those interested in US carriers and their operations." - Andrew Nguyen, "ww2db.com" (October 2009)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10939 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; annotated edition edition (23 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X3M43I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #524,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars review 16 Dec. 2010
By me
Format:Paperback
Bit on the thin side but adequate for the price. Covers the basics but not in too much detail so ideal for beginner but not as good for someone with a bit of knowledge of the aircraft scene. Ideal starting book, if it can be called a book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific naval war winners. 5 Jan. 2010
Format:Paperback
An excellent almost pocket reference book on the US navys war winners. A good place to start on a huge subject. Some very good pictures and diagrams and lots of technical information. Read with the similar book on the pre-war classes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good pictures & some new info 3 Feb. 2013
By PSU spouse - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a number of photos in the book that I had not seen before, as well as good information on the summaries of the individual ship careers. However, there was a minor error, in that it described CV-31 Bon Homme Richard as the "last of the short hull" Essex's completed during the war. It was the last short hull ship, period. The way it was written created an incorrect impression that some short hull vessels were completed post war, when in fact all of the remaining vessels were of the long hull. Still, I enjoyed it and consider it a good investment.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, 1942-45: WORLD WAR II-BUILT SHIPS 12 Nov. 2010
By Robert A. Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, 1942-45: WORLD WAR II-BUILT SHIPS
MARK STILLE
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2007
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $15.95, 48 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ILLUSTRATIONS

From the moment Japanese carrier aircraft struck at the U.S. Pacific Fleet on 7 December 1941, a new era in naval warfare was born. Although naval air power had already proved its ability to strike at an enemy fleet in its own harbors, Pearl Harbor was the dawn of carrier warfare across the broad oceans, in a way that pre-war theorists had never imagined. The reason for this lay in the fact that the battleships with which aircraft carriers had meant to fight were now sunk or disabled. For at least six months, the U.S. Pacific Fleet could only take the offensive with its carriers, and so the concept of the fast carrier task force was created, using the carrier dive- bombers and torpedo-bombers as long-range substitutes for the 16 inch (406 meters) guns. Because the tactics and the aircraft were comparatively primitive, the first attempts by the U.S. Navy to carry the war to the Japanese were barely effective, and there was little that could be done to stop the Japanese carriers from overrunning the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. The first pitched battle, in the Coral Sea was fought in May, 1942 to stop the Japanese from gaining a foothold in Port Moresby, New Guinea. It cost America one of their biggest carriers, the USS Lexington, but the amphibious operation was called off after the small Japanese carrier Shoho was sunk. What distinguished this battle was that the opposing fleets never saw each other: it was the first carrier-versus-carrier battle. A rash attempt by the Japanese to capture Midway Island brought on the next battle in June, 1942, but superior U.S. intelligence and much improved tactics made the Battle of Midway decisive. The Japanese lost four of their front-line carriers in quick succession and with them the best-trained aircrews in the world. In the months that followed, the Japanese squandered the lives of their carrier aircrews faster then they could be replaced. Thus, when the Allies took the offensive by landing in the Solomons, the Battles of the Eastern Solomons and the Santa Cruz Islands thinned the ranks of Japanese naval aviators to a fateful degree. In contrast, the U.S. Navy replaced lost naval aviators with thousands of new aircrews and a generation of more powerful aircraft. In June, 1944, the U.S. assault on the Marianas brought on another great carrier battle, the Philippine Sea. "The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" saw the slaughter of hundreds of semi-skilled naval aviators and when four months later the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Navy were flung into the Battle of Leyte Gulf; there were hardly any naval aviators left for the carriers. From October, 1944, the surviving Japanese naval aviators of the once-mighty force were sunk at their moorings in Japan, unable to move because of the total lack of fuel for their aircraft. Aircraft carriers were the U.S. Navy's principal weapon against Japan during the Pacific War. Development of the Essex Class began in 1939, becoming the largest class of carrier ever to be built. Early in the Pacific War, it became renowned for its "Sunday Punch" of 36 fighter aircraft, 36 dive bomber aircraft, and 18 torpedo aircraft. Alonside the lighter Independence Class, these carriers formed the formidable Fast Carrier Force in the Pacific. Featuring artwork detailing the interior and exterior features of these ships, U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, 1942-45: WORLD WAR II-BUILT SHIPS explores their design, development, and the actions they saw in the Pacific, including the climactic Battles of the Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa.

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 2 July 2013
By rokpyle - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been interested in World War II in the Pacific since my grandparents gave us two books on it many years ago. This book is a great introduction to the American aircraft carriers involved in the Pacific. I didn't give it five stars because its brevity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview 28 July 2013
By L. T. Jellow - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a good overview of a 1942-45 built up and continuous improvement within the carrier fleet. Would recommend this book to anyone wishing to have an well written synopsis of this period.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read 5 Dec. 2012
By John Cedric Boyer III - Published on Amazon.com
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Very nicely and efficiently written. Short, clear, concise and to the point. Excellent. Just the facts and no extraneous verbage.
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