Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945 [NOOK Book]


As the final book in Bruce Gamble?s esteemed trilogy on the War in the Pacific, Target: Rabaul picks up where Fortress Rabaul, the second installment, leaves off?and sets the stage for the major Allied aerial engagements of 1943?1954, which would result in the defeat of Japan.?March 1943, Washington, D.C.: Major General George Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force, begins to formulate plans for Operation Cartwheel?a mission to neutralize Rabaul, Japan?s most notorious stronghold, with the use of unescorted ...
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Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945

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As the final book in Bruce Gamble’s esteemed trilogy on the War in the Pacific, Target: Rabaul picks up where Fortress Rabaul, the second installment, leaves off—and sets the stage for the major Allied aerial engagements of 1943–1954, which would result in the defeat of Japan. March 1943, Washington, D.C.: Major General George Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force, begins to formulate plans for Operation Cartwheel—a mission to neutralize Rabaul, Japan’s most notorious stronghold, with the use of unescorted daylight bombing raids against the base and the heavily-defended satellite installations nearby. But the undertaking would prove to be anything but straightforward, and the story of Rabaul’s destruction remains one of the most gripping of World War II’s Pacific Theater. In Target: Rabaul, award-winning military historian Bruce Gamble expertly narrates the Allied air raids against the stronghold: the premature celebrations by George Kenney and Gen. Douglas MacArthur; the bequeathing of authority to Adm. “Bull” Halsey; the unprecedented number of near-constant air battles that immediately followed; the Japanese retreat to Truk Lagoon in 1944; and their ultimate surrender to Allied forces in August 1945. This amazing story, one that profiles the bravery and resolve of the Allies in the horrific Pacific battleground, is the turbulent conclusion to an acclaimed trilogy from one of today’s most talented nonfiction military authors.
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"Bruce Gamble has done it again! An impeccable researcher and master storyteller with a keen eye for detail and characters, Gamble presents Target: Rabaul, a powerful conclusion to his must-read trilogy on the battle over Japan's Southwest Pacific stronghold. The heart-pounding stories of aerial combat read like a thriller—and show why he is one of the finest writers working today." - James Scott, author ofThe War Below andThe Attack on the Liberty

"With the publication of this magnificent Rabaul Trilogy, former Navy flight officer Bruce Gamble has established himself in the foremost rank of Pacific War historians. In a compelling narrative that reads like an exciting novel, Gamble details "a history of World War II's longest battle," from the capture of Rabaul, New Britain, by the Japanese in January 1942, to its isolation, bombardment and final liberation by Allied forces in August 1945." - Armchair General

"This is Bruce Gamble's final book in the Rabaul battle trilogy and shows well his 15 years of research as well as his deep understanding of its complex history. Without Gamble's work it is entirely possible this significant and incredibly long battle would be largely forgotten to most." - Travel for Aircraft

"The new book offers the same strengths as the first two: Serious research, strategic and operational background, mission-by-mission action, and compelling stories about the human dimension of warfare in the Pacific, including painful accounts of POWs in Japanese captivity. And—as with the first two books—Gamble continues to demonstrate his mastery of writing history that hooks the reader and engages as it informs. Target: Rabaul ends up being packed with mountains of hard data about the air siege of Rabaul, but Gamble wraps the strategic and operational history in plenty of human-interest stories, making the book a quick and pleasurable read." -

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610589574
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 179,573
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Since the publication of his first book in 1998, Bruce Gamble (Lynn Haven, FL) has rapidly gained recognition as one of the most respected authors writing on the war in the Pacific. His narrative style and depth of research have earned critical acclaim in such publications that include Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In addition to writing popular history books, Gamble has given numerous public presentations and has been the featured historian in documentaries produced by the History Channel, Fox News Channel, PBS, and the Pritzker Military Library. The winner of two literary awards in 2010, Bruce is a member of the Authors Guild and holds life memberships in the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and Paralyzed Veterans of America. He is the author of The Black Sheep and Black Sheep One (both from Presidio Press) as well as Zenith Press titles Swashbucklers and Black Sheep, Invasion Rabaul (originally published as Darkest Hour), Fortress Rabaul, and Target: Rabaul.
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Table of Contents



1 A Pirate Goes to Washington 
2 Steppingstones: The Elkton Plan 
3 New Guinea Graveyard 
4 The Heart of Darkness 
5 Lethal Moonlight 
6 Zeamer and Sarnoski 
7 The Big Feud 
8 Wewak 
9 The Hornet’s Nest 
10 Primary Colors 
11 The Buccaneers Attack 
12 Stormy Weather 
13 Bloody Tuesday 
14 Redemption for the Pond Lily 
15 Carrier Raid Redux 
16 Ferdinand the Bull 
17 The Twisted Code 
18 Transition 
19 The Ace Race 
20 Feeding Frenzy 
21 Fortress Rubble 
22 Island of Despair 
23 Glory 

Appendix A: The Prisoners of Rabaul 

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