Commander (retired) Mark E Stille served as a career Naval Intelligence Officer, spending over five years of his naval career assigned to various US Navy carriers. He continues to work in this field in a civilian capacity. He holds an MA from the Naval War College and has had several wargames published. This is his second book for Osprey. He lives in Virginia, USA.
US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1922-45: Prewar classesby Mark Stille, Tony Bryan
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The USS Langley, the first American aircraft carrier, entered service in 1922. Despite being converted into an aircraft tender, it was the first step in a new direction for the US Navy and naval warfare. This book covers the design, development and operation of USN aircraft carriers built prior to World War II, including their aircraft and weaponry. It also explains their various successes and losses such as the first carrier vs carrier battle at Midway; the battle of the Coral Sea; the battle of the Philippine Sea; and the Operation Torch landings.
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If you're looking for a basic overview of prewar US carrier construction this is a good book for you. The authors provide background information and photographs of all US carriers built before the outbreak of the Asia-Pacific War. It is a general overview of each ship, not a highly detailed history.