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A Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945 by Paul Kemp

By Paul Kemp

An illustrated paintings overlaying the naval portion of global warfare II. the topic is mentioned in accordance with kind of motion, together with fleet activities, provider battle, submarine struggle, coastal forces and precise forces. The ebook additionally includes illustrations of existence at sea and hand over ceremonies.

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Here the Japanese carrier Shokaku turns under attack on 8 May. Left, centre: The end of the USS Lexington, sunk in a counter-attack by seventy Japanese aircraft. Great efforts were made to save her but she went down on the evening of 8 May after a series of internal explosions. Although the Americans lost more materiel in the battle, they won the strategic advantage. Left, bottom: The Japanese carrier Akagi circling and on fire dUring the Battle of Midway, 46 June 1942. This battle marked a turning point in the Pacific war: the Japanese lost four carriers (Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu and Soryu) with more than 200 aircraft and their experienced crews.

The American battleships sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor, with the exception of Arizona and Oklahoma, were salvaged and recommissioned after refit and they played an important role in the subsequent defeat of Japan. Left, top: After Pearl Harbor the Japanese carriers turned west into the Indian Ocean where their aircraft sank the old British carrier Hermes on 9 April 1942. Left, centre: The American response to Pearl Harbor: a B25 bomber takes off from the USS Hornet to attack Tokyo in the famous 'Doolittle Raid' on 18 April 1942.

All ships were required to sail in convoy except for those with a speed greater than fifteen knots. It was felt, correctly, that these ships possessed sufficient speed to outrun a U-boat in all but the most unfavourable circumstances. given protection and the aggressors, be they submarines or surface raiders, are denied the initiative. During the Second World War Britain used the convoy system both to protect her maritime trade and to deploy the forces necessary to pursue the war in overseas theatres such as the Middle East and the Pacific.

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