World War II: Carrier War

World War II: Carrier War

by Stephen W. Sears

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At dusk on December 8, 1941, the carrier Enterprise and her escort of cruisers and destroyers entered Pearl Harbor. Officers and men lined the rails, watching in stunned silence. The twisted, smoldering superstructure of the Arizona was still aflame, and there was a stench of charred wood and fuel oil in the air.

"Morale went to nothing just about then," said an officer on one of the escorting cruisers. "We were sick and shocked. We couldn't believe that this had happened to us." Through the night, the crew of the Enterprise, under the command of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, took on fuel, provisions, and ammunition. Before dawn it was back at sea.

The Enterprise was just one of the carriers that won the war in the Pacific. Here is the extraordinary story of the men and ships that turned the tide of the war.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151229906
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 03/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,143,364
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Stephen W. Sears is one of the world’s foremost military historians and a former editor of American Heritage. His books include Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and World War II: Desert War.

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World War II: Carrier War 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gottliebpet More than 1 year ago
If you want a book with all the WWII carrier battles, this is for you. Unfortunately, that doesn't leave much room for the other important aspects of the Pacific war: the land battles, the submarine battles, the surface fleet battles, and the strategic bombing of Japan itself. Of course, the WWII buff already knows those subjects fairly well, but then he/she also already knows the carrier battles as well. The other problem with subject is that there was no logical progression through the several carrier battles. They were mostly unique, so the reader can never find any lessons learned or improvements in strategy or tactics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book adequately identifies and follows all of the aircraft carriers on both sides of the conflict. It gives a rather high-level view of the engagements and tactics, with an occasional individual story of heroism. While a good read, the main problem is that the book is simply too short! At only 125 pages there isn't enough detail to fully tell the incredible story of the aircraft carrier in the Pacific. There are other books on Midway, Wake Island, etc. that give a much more complete picture of the tactics, challenges, and just dumb luck associated with naval warfare.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read summarizing the use of carriers in the Pacific during World War II.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok first off the Alutian campain was not a diversion. It was a act of straigic idiocy for the most part, second midway, first off no there was no strike lined up readt to takeoff. That story has been shown to be a lie by one of the Japanese Officers tyring to put a spin on what actualy happened, the burnig aircraft wrre there but were CAP fighters caught on deck. The bombers and there weapons (torpedoes and bombs) were below deck, which contributed to the fires and exploseions as they burned in the hangers. Being charitable the book is wildly out of date and shold only be used as an example of Did Not Bother To Actualy Do Proper Research.
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