US Naval Aviation 1898–1945: The Pioneering Years to the Second World War

Leo Marriott

 
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
200 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526785398

Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 224
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Overview
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Dramatic shots of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the carrier battles of the Coral Sea and Midway with quality that is now expected from the Images of War series.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 sank or crippled almost all of the battleships belonging to the US Navy's Pacific Fleet, but the fleet's aircraft carriers survived to demonstrate that naval aviation was now the dominant factor in the struggle at sea, turning the tide of the Pacific War. That the US Navy had the necessary ships, aircraft and crews was the result of pioneering, far-sighted decisions made in the pre-war years. Before the First World War the navy had recognised the potential of aircraft at sea, and it went on to develop the techniques and equipment that contributed so much to the defeat of the Japanese. This is the fascinating story Leo Marriott tells in this photographic history.

In a selection of over 200 rare photographs he traces the growth of US naval aviation from the flimsy seaplanes of the first years of the twentieth century to the mighty armadas that challenged those of the Japanese and, after the carrier battles at Coral Sea and Midway, led the advance across the Pacific. Key aspects of the history are the navy’s first aircraft carriers of the 1920s and the tremendous progress made in the decades between the wars in tactics and strategy as well as in the design of ships and aircraft.

About The Author
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Leo Marriott has written numerous books on aviation, naval and military subjects including Treaty Cruisers, Catapult Aircraft, Jets at Sea and Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954. He is now retired after a fifty-year career as an air traffic controller but still maintains his pilot’s license flying a syndicate-owned Cessna 172. Apart from aviation and naval history, his other interests include sailing, photography and painting.

REVIEWS
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"...a fine inclusion into a popular series..."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"The extra text made this a good volume. Enjoyed it."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The photos give a very good impression of the nature of the war, and the text serves to explain it very well."

- IPMS/USA

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