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- ISBN-10: 1780967888
- ISBN-13: 978-1780967882
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers: The Pacific 1942
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The initial section on design and development focuses on carrier doctrine, carrier design and carrier construction programs for both the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Herein, the author notes that the U.S. carriers were aided by earlier introduction of air-search radar, heavier anti-aircraft armament, better damage control and larger air wings. On the other hand, the Japanese opted for smaller aircraft with longer range, but otherwise the author views their carriers as generally inferior technically to their main U.S. counterparts. Color plan forms of the USS Enterprise and the IJN Zuikaku are included. The Strategic Situation section outlines the U.S. Navy's vulnerabilities after Pearl Harbor and the effort to mass a sufficient number of carriers to oppose the Kido Butai at a favorable moment. In the technical specifications section, the author details the U.S.Read more ›
Mark Stille's "USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers: The Pacific 1942" is a concise, clearly written analysis of these naval forces and their operations.
In "Design and Development", Cmdr Stille presents the carrier doctrine, design, and construction used by the US Navy and IJN. Both navies realized that destroying the enemy's aircraft carriers was the first goal, before the enemy battle fleet could be attacked.
The US Navy maintained that their entire air group must be launched at one time, and designed its carriers with this goal in mind. US Navy carriers had to be fast enough to keep up with the fleet and large enough to handle powerful four squadron air groups. The defensive armor was deemed not as important as having numerous, effective anti-aircraft guns.
Cmdr. Stille, also author of USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser: Guadacanal 1942 (Duel), explains that the IJN required aircraft and ships that were designed for very long- range operations.
Unlike the US Navy, the IJN concentrated carriers for mutual protection and for mass concentration of air groups. "In general, Japanese carrier design stressed speed and aircraft capacity."
The IJN circumvented the Washington Naval Treaty, "during the 1930s, by creating a shadow fleet of merchant ships and auxiliaries designed to be easily converted into carriers during the war.Read more ›
Stille reviews the history and development of U.S. and Japanese carriers from their early beginnings, culminating in the four crucial engagements in 1942. His book is almost a primer on the subject, clearly and concisely examining each part of the equation - philosophy/doctrine, ship design, aircraft design, training, etc. - before bringing all the elements together in his descriptions of those aforementioned battles. (I would have liked a bit more on U.S./Japanese attack tactics but that's just me).
Other would-be 'Duel' authors should peruse Stille's book before setting pen to paper. The book reads wonderfully well, distilling down such a huge topic into an 80-page paperback. The photographs, charts, graphs and maps - some of which made especially for this volume - are all quite useful in helping the reader understand the subject.
Bottom line: a super job, well worth the $17.95 price tag. I only hope other 'Duel' titles are as good. Highly recommended.
This is a book which, as the title suggests, provides an assessment of the US and Japanese carrier forces of 1942. We have a comparison of the ships - statistic by statistic, of the aircraft - by speed, weapons, role and range, of the men and, of course, of the commanders who made it all happen.
The author is a retired US Navy Commander who served on latter-day carriers and, therefore, understands the subject as well as any. The artwork, which plays an important part in explaining and portraying so much detail, is from some of the leading maritime artists in the business. The historic photographs include ships, aircraft, action and some of the men who took part, are as comprehensive as one might expect to find. Altogether, therefore, this is an informative book which is all the more remarkable for containing so much information in such a small space.
Of interest to the casual reader, serious historian and also those who seek relevant detail for making accurate models.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
PERFECT! I would definitely recommend this book any one who likes air craft carriers and world w a r twoPublished 10 months ago by Elizabeth
The Dual series is very helpful for providing quick, concise insight to opposing weapons. Mark Stille outlines the aircraft carriers of the US against the Japanese in WWII. Read morePublished 12 months ago by matt8386
I found this to be a really great explanation of the different direction the US & IJN went in their carrier design & the strengths & Flaws in those designs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gullyraker
More of a book for a novice historian than an established reader , quite a few of the photos are it's best feature since I haven't seen them before. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
This series of books is handy and fun to read, esp. if you're reading something more substantial, like Toll's Pacific Crucible or Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by F. E. Smith
This book gives a basic overview of such a large topic. It is good for someone who just wants a little information. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Rob Newman
This is a good book for someone with little knowledge of the subject of early carrier warfare and a good place to start to learn more.Published on April 25, 2013 by B. Green
Very interesting stuff in this issue. It is good to have readily available information on these WWII Japanese vessels. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Larry Thurman