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TRUK 1944-45

THE DESTRUCTION OF JAPAN'S CENTRAL PACIFIC BASTION

Autore: Mark Lardas

Codice: 228284026

€ 19,00

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A fully illustrated history of how the US Navy destroyed Truk, the greatest Japanese naval and air base in the Pacific, with Operation Hailstone, and how B-29 units and the carriers of the British Pacific Fleet kept the base suppressed until VJ-Day.

In early 1944, the island base of Truk was a Japanese Pearl Harbor; a powerful naval and air base that needed to be neutralized before the Allies could fight their way any further towards Tokyo. But Truk was also the most heavily defended naval base outside the Japanese Home Islands and an Allied invasion would be costly. Long-range bombing against Truk intact would be a massacre so a plan was conceived to neutralize it through a series of massive naval raids led by the growing US carrier fleet. Operation Hailstone was one of the most famous operations ever undertaken by American carriers in the Pacific.

This book examines the rise and fall of Truk as a Japanese bastion and explains how in two huge raids, American carrier-based aircraft reduced it to irrelevance. Also covered is the little-known story of how the USAAF used the ravaged base as a live-fire training ground for its new B-29s -- whose bombing raids ensured Truk could not be reactivated by the Japanese. The pressure on Truk was kept up right through 1945 when it was also used as a target for the 509th Composite Squadron to practise dropping atomic bombs and by the British Pacific Fleet to hone its pilots' combat skills prior to the invasion of Japan.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHRONOLOGY

ATTACKER'S CAPABILITIES

Long-range air power in 1944

DEFENDER'S CAPABILITIES

The ‘Gibraltar of the Pacific'

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

Keystone of the Pacific War

Allied objectives and plans

Japanese objectives and plans

THE CAMPAIGN

From feared bastion to the Allies' punchbag

Background: 1939-January 1944

Operation Hailstone: February 1944

April Showers: April 1944

Truk Besieged: March 1944-June 1945

Operation Inmate: June 14-15, 1945

AFTERMATH AND ANALYSIS

Surviving Aircraft

FURTHER READING

INDEX

 

Lingua

INGLESE

Illustrazioni

Riccamente illustrato a colori e in bianco e nero

Pagine

96

Misure

18,5 x 25

ISBN
9781472845856

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