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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935149415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935149415
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There seems to be a spate of kamikaze-themed books lately; witness AT WAR WITH THE WIND, DANGER'S HOUR and INFERNO. The latest 'Bodycrasher' entry is this well-researched, well-written account of the 'small boys' - the DDs, DEs, LSMs and misc. craft - who served as radar pickets off Okinawa in the spring and summer of 1945. Serving as the first line of defense for the American troops and naval ships besieging Okinawa, the picket ships fought off horrific attacks from Japanese aircraft.

Since the fall of Okinawa was seen as a precursor for an invasion of Japan, the Japanese military determined to eradicate the American invaders using the only effective weapon they had left - airpower. Yet the Bettys, Zeros, Tonys, Kates and other aircraft that soon swarmed towards Okinawa from Japan and Formosa were on one-way trips, determined to body-crash into USN ships. Though carriers and battleships were the preferred target, the radar pickets ievitably drew the bulk of the attackers. And, although American planners assumed attacks would come, they seriously underestimated the scale of those attacks and made other errors that resulted in the radar pickets being swamped by waves of kamikazes. Hundreds of Japanese aircraft were splashed but 29% of the radar pickets were sunk or damaged by the time the attacks ended in July/August.

Author Robin Reilly does a marvelous job of retelling the ordeal the radar pickets underwent. After chapters explaining the nature of picket duty, the navy ships assigned to that duty, the aerial adversaries that would clash over the radar pickets, Japanese tacics and so on, he chronicles the attacks that begun on 1 April 1945.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Cybriwsky on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of the valiant men that served as radar picket ships to warn the main US fleet of the approach of Japanese (often Kamikaze) aircraft. As these ships were generally small, isolated, and the first thing that the Japanese attackers saw, they often took the brunt of the attacks.

Rielly has picked what seems to be a relatively important, under-reported-upon topic. However, the telling is difficult (and the reading a bit tedious) due to two reasons.

First, there's no overall narrative to the underlying events (as there might be, to, say, the story of a battle) other than "somebody decided radar picket ships were a good idea. radar picket ships were put into place and over the course of their deployment the tactics and thinking changed slightly, but more or less what happened was that they got damaged and sunk a whole lot. then the war ended." So, taken as a whole, for most even pretty serious readers the book comes across as a general description of a phenomenon rather than the narration of a story. Rielly did what he could here and so I don't fault him as this might actually be the only way to tell this story, but this reality does no favors to the reader.

Second, it seems fairly clear that Rielly was doing his best but was working from a limited set of references. Since I don't have the book in front of me at the moment this is an educated guess, but basically I suspect much of middle of the book to basically be annotated after action reports. The problem with this is that both objectivity and "narrative effect" suffer. The author truly has done yeoman's work in getting the timetable right and fusing so many after action reports into, despite my previous paragraph, the closest thing to a narrative that could be hoped for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Daedalus on March 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rielly's book opens with a general description of the strategic situation and a slightly more detailed look at the equipment available to both the Americans and the Japanese. Some of it is a bit surprising. For instance, the Hellcat was more effective against the Japanese aircraft than the Corsair. The Corsair was slightly faster but it's very speed made it less maneuverable and therefore less useful against the slower and lighter Japanese airplanes. And the destroyer types that were used as pickets had a natural tendency to go to flank speed and maneuver radically when attacked by suicidal aircraft, but a slower speed and fewer tight turns would probably have worked as a better defense because the ship's gunnery would have been less likely to be thrown off, and, after all, a less pronounced wake draws less attention to the ship's presence. It's always interesting when hindsight tells us things that contradict common sense.

Some of the analytic material is repeated, along with some newer insights, in the conclusion. I'll briefly sum up the five points Rielly lists as contributing to the American's losses at the picket stations.

1. The Nature of the Kamikaze Attacks. Previous attacks had used only small numbers of Kamikazes. No one was expecting the hundreds that appeared during the invasion of Okinawa.

2. Improper Use of Support Gunboats. Three or four smaller vessels were attached to the two or three destroyer types at each picket station. The destroyer captains didn't want their ships to be hampered by the presence of support vessels during maneuvers, so the support vessels took up stations too far away to be of help in bringing down enemy aircraft.

3. Assignment of Ships Ill-Suited to the Task.
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