Early Pacific Raids 1942: The American Carriers Strike Back: Campaign

Autor Brian Lane Herder Ilustrat de Adam Tooby
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 22 iun 2023
A fascinating exploration of how between February 1 and March 10, 1942, three small US task forces launched several unexpected raids across the Japanese defensive perimeter in the Central and South Pacific. After the devastating Japanese blows of December 1941, the Allies found themselves reeling with defeat everywhere in the Pacific. Although stripped of his battleships and outnumbered 10:3 in carriers, the US Navy commander-in-chief Admiral Ernest J. King decided to hit back at Japan's rapidly expanding Pacific empire immediately, in an effort to keep the Japanese off-balance. On February 1, 1942, Vice Admiral Bill Halsey led the US Pacific Fleet carriers on their first raid, using high-speed hit-and-run tactics to strike at the Japanese, at a time when most of the Japanese carrier fleet was in the Indian Ocean. Halsey's aggressive commitment inspired its American participants to invent the mythical "Haul Ass With Halsey" club. The last of the 1942 US carrier raids in March 1942 would form a defining moment in the Pacific War, prior to a new phase of high-seas battles between the opposing fleets.This superbly illustrated book documents for the first time in a single volume this little-known but important World War II naval campaign. The fabulous illustrations, including maps and colour artworks, bring to life the US air and naval raids on the Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, Rabaul, Wake Island, Marcus Island, and Lae and Salamaua in northern New Guinea.
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ISBN-13: 9781472854872
ISBN-10: 147285487X
Pagini: 96
Ilustrații: Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensiuni: 184 x 248 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.31 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Osprey Publishing
Seria Campaign

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


This work explores the first combat actions of many junior US admirals or junior flight officers who would ultimately become much more famous: Bill Halsey, Raymond Spruance, Frank Jack Fletcher, Thomas Kinkaid, Jimmy Thach, and Butch O'Hare, among others.

Notă biografică

Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kansas in 2003, and a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2009. He is a legislative librarian for the Kansas state government and his historical research interests include the US military, naval warfare, and World War II.


ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGNPearl Harbor and aftermath, December 7-10, 1941Failed Wake Island relief, December 14-23Yamamoto's Submarine Offensive against Hawaii and the US West Coast, December 1941Reforming the US Pacific Fleet 1941-42Reinforcing the Central and South PacificCHRONOLOGYOPPOSING COMMANDERSJapaneseUnited StatesOPPOSING FORCESJapaneseUnited StatesMarshalls-Gilberts raid orders of battle, February 1, 1942OPPOSING PLANSJapaneseUnited StatesTHE CAMPAIGNCommander Michimune Inaba's I-6 torpedoes Saratoga, January 11, 1942US Pacific Fleet carrier plans, January 1942Operation R: the Japanese invasion of Rabaul and Kavieng, January 20-23, 1942Brown's aborted Task Force 11 raid against Wake, January 23, 1942Halsey and Fletcher raid the Marshalls and Gilberts, February 1, 1942US Pacific Fleet strategy, February 1942Japanese carrier actions, February 1-19, 1942Action off Bougainville, February 20, 1942Halsey's Task Force 16 raids Wake Island, February 24, 1942Halsey strikes Marcus Island, March 4, 1942Shokaku and Zuikaku redeploy to defend the Home IslandsThe Japanese invasion of Lae and Salamaua, March 8, 1942Brown and Fletcher strike Lae and Salamaua, March 10, 1942AFTERMATHTHE BATTLEFIELDS TODAYSELECT BIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX


An enjoyable read that covers a lot of action.