Carrier Clash

Carrier Clash

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CARRIER CLASH The Invasion of Guadalcanal a the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, August 1942 Eric Hammel The Battle of the Eastern Solomons was historya€™s third carrier clash. A collision of U.S. Navy and Imperial Navy carriers in the wake of the invasion of Guadalcanala€”whose airfield the United States desperately needed and the Japanese desperately wanted backa€”the battle was waged at sea and over Guadalcanala€™s besieged Marine-held Lunga Perimeter on August 24, 1942. Based upon the first half of Eric Hammela€™s acclaimed 1987 battle narrative, Guadalcanal: The Carrier Battles, and in large part upon important new information obtained from both Japanese and American sources, Carrier Clash unravels many of the mysteries and misconceptions that have veiled this complex battle for more than a half century. Beginning with detailed descriptions of the history of the aircraft carrier, the development of carrier-air tactics, the training of carrier pilots, and numerous operational considerations that defined the way carrier battles had to be fought, Carrier Clash takes the reader into the air with brave U.S. Navy fighter pilots as they protect their ships and the Guadalcanal invasion fleet against determined Japanese air attacks on August 7 and 8, 1942. After he sets the stage for the August 24 Battle of the Eastern Solomons, author Hammel puts the reader right into the cockpits of U.S. Navy Dauntless dive-bombers as they dive on the Imperial Navy light carrier Ryujoa€”and hit the ship with 500-pound bombs! Once again, in this strange tit-for-tat battle, U.S. Navy Wildcat fighter pilots must defend their ships against an onslaught by Imperial Navy Val dive-bomber pilots determined to sink the U.S. carriers, or die trying. Hammela€™s coverage of the bomb damage to the USS Enterprise and subsequent fire-fighting and rescue efforts by her crew are especially compelling. Carrier Clash is the definitive combat history of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, historya€™s third battle (of only five) between American and Japanese aircraft carriers. Critical Acclaim for Eric Hammela€™s earlier books about the Guadalcanal Campaign: Seapower Magazine says: a€œAcclaimed military historian Eric Hammel presents a landmark history of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons.a€ Kirkus Reviews says: a€œHammel is as adept at conveying the terrors of fighting fire on a ship . . . as he is at providing concise evaluations of top commanders. a€œOfficial histories apart, [Guadalcanal: The Carrier Battles is] the most thorough appreciation yet of Guadalcanala€™s turning-point carrier battles; praiseworthy.a€ Lansing State Journal says: a€œFor the military buff, [Guadalcanal: Starvation Island] is an excellent resource. For the casual reader, it is a well-written account of one of the most crucial times in the history of the United States.a€ ALA Booklist says: [Eric Hammel] a€œeffectively utilizes the accounts of the battle participants to provide a vivid dimension to the fighting . . . a€ Library Journal says: a€œHammel does not write dry history. His battle sequences are masterfully portrayed.a€ Canadian Military History says: Hammela€™s descriptions of engagements on land, air and sea are fast-paced and engagingly written, and he has a knack for weaving together character and circumstance into a very readable story.a€ Book World says: [Guadalcanal: Starvation Island] is stark, naked, and brutal. . . . It is an excellent, toughly drawn account of the awesomeness of war and is worthy many times over of being in any library worthy of the name.a€... USAAF Bell Airacobra fighter (export model) Pancake Radio code for a€œland immediatelya€ PB Patrol boat PBY USN Consolidated a€œCatalinaa€ twin-engine amphibian patrol bomber Pete IJN Mitsubishi F1M reconnaissance floatplane Pfc Privateanbsp;...

Title:Carrier Clash
Author:Eric Hammel
Publisher:Pacifica Military History - 2010-01-24


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