The Coral Sea 1942: The first carrier battle

The Coral Sea 1942: The first carrier battle

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The Coral Sea 1942: The first carrier battle by Mark Stille, John White

Osprey's study of the Battle of the Coral Sea of World War II (1939-1945), whichis unique in the annals of naval history. It is the first battle in which enemy fleets never came within sight of one another. Instead, aircraft launched from carrier decks were sent out to attack the enemy with bombs and torpedoes.

In May of 1942, the Japanese fleet moved on Port Moresby, the last Allied base between Australia and Japan. Forced to respond, the Americans sent two aircraft carriers to protect the base. In the ensuing battle, one American carrier was destroyed and the other severely damaged. However, the Japanese also lost a carrier and decided to withdraw. Although bloody, it proved to be an important strategic victory for the Allies as the Japanese were forced to attempt future attacks on Port Moresby over land. Using the latest research and numerous period photographs, retired USN Commander Mark O. Stille tells the story of this important and unique battle in the Pacific War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846034404
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Campaign
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Commander (retired) Mark O. 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. He lives in Virginia, USA. The author lives in Dunn Loring, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing fleets /Opposing plans /The battle of the Coral Sea /The aftermath /Further reading /Index

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