Paul Kemp's A Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945 PDF

By Paul Kemp

ISBN-10: 1557506744

ISBN-13: 9781557506740

An illustrated paintings overlaying the naval section of global battle II. the topic is mentioned in keeping with kind of motion, together with fleet activities, provider conflict, submarine conflict, coastal forces and specified forces. The e-book additionally includes illustrations of existence at sea and hand over ceremonies.

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42 CARRIER WAR Left, top: The Battle of the Coral Sea, 6-8 May 1942, during the Japanese advance on New Guinea and Australia, was the first of many Pacific battles which were conducted entirely by carrier aircraft - the fleets did not come into contact. 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.

There were two sorts of convoys: commerce and operational. Commerce convoys were those bringing the raw materials and food necessary to keep Britain's economy going and her people fed. Operational convoys were those in support of a specific political or military objective. These included convoys carrying supplies to North Russia after Britain's decision to aid that country following the German invasion in June 1941, convoys to support the beleaguered garrison at Malta and troop convoys carrying men and equipment to all parts of the world.

Left, bottom: Battleship Row after the attack. Arizona, California, West Virginia and Oklahoma were sunk: Maryland, Nevada, Tennessee and Pennsylvania were damaged. Three cruisers, three destroyers, a seaplane tender and a repair ship were also damaged, while a minelayer and a target ship were sunk. A total of 2,334 US personnel perished, including Vice-Admiral Isaac C. Kidd who was killed aboard the Arizona while manning a machine gun. He was the highest ranking US naval officer to be killed in the war.

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