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The incredible true story of the most spectacular aircraft carrier battle in history—World War II’s Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.
In June, 1944, American and Japanese carrier fleets made their way toward one another in the Philippine Sea. Their common objective: the strategically vital Marianas Islands. During two days of brutal combat, the American and Japanese carriers dueled, launching wave after wave of fighters and bombers against one another. By day and night, hundreds of planes filled the skies. When it was over, the men of the American Fifth Fleet had claimed more than four hundred aerial combat victories, and three Japanese carriers lay on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Here is the true account of those great and terrible days—by those who were there, in the thick of the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Drawing upon numerous interviews with American and Japanese veterans as well as official sources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of those who fought and those who died in a battle that will never be forgotten.
“In his inimitable style, naval aviation’s most prolific historian comes through with a much-needed, comprehensive documentary on the greatest aircraft carrier battle of all time.”—Cdr. Alexander Vraciu, USN (Ret) Fighting Squadron 16, 1944
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.88(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Barrett Tillman, an aviation historian for the past thirty years, is the author of numerous military histories. He is a familiar television commentator on The History Channel and National Geographic Channel and his work has been cited in dozens of history books and has been used as course work by the Air Force, the Navy, and Marine Corps.
Table of Contents
|Part I||A Precarious Honor||7|
|Part II||"Cut Their Damned Throats"||52|
|Part III||"Your Signal: Buster"||106|
|Part IV||"Launch 'Em"||201|
|Part V||"Turn on the Lights"||241|
|Part VI||Final Cut||285|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By far the most balanced account of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. It makes clear why the Japanese who certainly, in at least shear numbers and combat assets, failed to put up an effective defense. The personal perspectives and stories really flesh out the narrative. A must read for Pacific Theater enthusiasts. BT
Just Dean Coonts' opinion of nothing relative to this work- totally misleading to call this a sample of a book I had intended to purchase. If you're going to call it a 14 page sample, could you at least give two pages of the actual text to read? What crap.