Carrier War

Carrier War

Aircraft Carriers in World War II

Book - 2001
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World War II navy veteran and award-winning author Tom McGowen saw the need for books about the famous fighting forces of the world, the spectacular battles they fought, and their lasting effects on history. The latest additions to the Military Might series focus on the history of aerial bombardment and aircraft carrier-based warfare. Fascinating discussions on strategy and detailed descriptions of battles make these ideal for both the researcher and the military history fan.
Publisher: Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780761318088
0761318089
Characteristics: 64 p. : ill. ; 26 cm

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vfryzek
Aug 14, 2012

Should have been called Air Craft Carriers in the Pacific of WW2. Seemed to be geared towards kids.

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dixiedog
Jun 09, 2012

“Carrier War” – Aircraft Carriers in World War II by Tom McGowen is a very quick and informative read. This book is a brief and not too an overly detailed account of the development of the Aircraft Carrier which replaced the Battleship as the backbone of the American and Japanese Navies. In 1940, planes from the British Carrier Illustrious flew to the naval base Taranto on the coast of Italy and made an attack on the main Italian fleet anchored there. The planes heavily damaged three Italian battleships. This attach, convinced a few visionaries like Japan’s Admiral Yamamoto that aircraft carriers could be a far more dangerous weapon than generally believed at that time. This book walks the reader through Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour, December 7, 1941, and then briefly touches on: the battle of the Coral Sea, 5-8 May 1942; the Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19-20 June 1944; and regretfully, far too briefly, what is considered as the largest naval battle of WW II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf also called the "Battles for Leyte Gulf", and formerly known as the ‘Second Battle of the Philippine Sea.’ The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted of four separate engagements fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte and Samar from 23–26 October 1944 between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy.This is a good but very brief reference book for any juvenile or teen and an interesting read for any History enthusiast. There are also several great movies available like the 1976 - War Classic titled ‘Midway,’ starring Charlton Heston and Henry Ford - highly recommended. Don’t miss reading Tom McGowen’s book ‘Sink the Bismarck,’ another raise your interest type of book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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