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Santa Cruz 1942: Carrier duel in the South Pacific
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Santa Cruz 1942: Carrier duel in the South Pacific

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by Mark Stille
 

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Despite myth, the Japanese carrier force was not destroyed at Midway but survived to still prove a threat in the Pacific Theater. Nowhere was this clearer than in the battle of Santa Cruz of October 1942. The stalemate on the ground in the Guadalcanal campaign led to the major naval forces of both belligerents becoming inexorably more and more involved in the fighting

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Despite myth, the Japanese carrier force was not destroyed at Midway but survived to still prove a threat in the Pacific Theater. Nowhere was this clearer than in the battle of Santa Cruz of October 1942. The stalemate on the ground in the Guadalcanal campaign led to the major naval forces of both belligerents becoming inexorably more and more involved in the fighting, each seeking to win the major victory that would open the way for a breakthrough on land as well. The Japanese were able to gain a tactical victory at Santa Cruz and came very close to scoring a strategic victory, but they paid a very high price in aircraft and aircrew that prevented them from following up their victory. In terms of their invaluable aircrew, the battle was much more costly than even Midway and had a serious impact on the ability of the Japanese to carry out carrier warfare in a meaningful manner.

Editorial Reviews

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“If you want insight into an operation that has not really had that much 'press,' and you want a fascinating read, then this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I'm sure you will as well.” —Scott VanAken, Modeling Madness (November 2012)

“Artwork by Howard Gerrard, campaign maps and 80 historic photographs complement this superlative account.” —Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (July 2013)

“...provides a fine history of the carrier battle of 1942 and tells how the Japanese carrier force was not destroyed at Midway, but was rebuilt in time to join the Guadalcanal campaign.” —James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780968964
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2012
Series:
Campaign , #247
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,277,643
File size:
25 MB
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From the Publisher
"If you want insight into an operation that has not really had that much "press," and you want a fascinating read, then this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I'm sure you will as well."
- Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2012) 

"...provides a fine history of the carrier battle of 1942 and tells how the Japanese carrier force was not destroyed at Midway, but was rebuilt in time to join the Guadalcanal campaign."
- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

Meet the Author

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 30 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is also the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific. He is also the author of several wargames.

Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey. Howard lives and works in Kent
Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 35 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific.

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