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Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific

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In the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most sophisticated technology available at the time in a strategically crucial war of aerial attrition. In one of the largest aerial campaigns in history, the skies of the South Pacific were dominated first by the dreaded Japanese Zeros, then by Allied bombers, which launched massed raids at altitudes under fifty feet, and finally by a ferocious Allied fighter onslaught led by a cadre of the greatest aces in American military history.Utilizing primary sources and scores of interviews with surviving veterans of all ranks and duties, Eric Bergerud recreates the fabric of the air war as it was fought in the South Pacific. He explores the technology and tactics, the three-dimensional battlefield, and the leadership, living conditions, medical challenges, and morale of the combatants. The reader will be rewarded with a thorough understanding of how air power functioned in World War II from the level of command to the point of fire in air-to-air combat.

Synopsis:

An exploration of the battles and tactics of the air war in the Pacific, including discussion of combatants, their morale, their planes, living conditions, and leadership.

Synopsis:

"Refreshingly multidimensional, with battle tales carefully crafted within the context of the overall campaign, this meticulously documented work portrays both the stark conditions and the high stakes of one of the largest wars in history".--"Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

Eric M. Bergerud is professor of military and American history at Lincoln University in San Francisco and the author of Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific, Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning and The Dynamics of Defeat.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813338699
Author:
Bergerud, Eric M.
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
2001-4
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 28.5 oz

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History and Social Science » Military » Aviation History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Aviation
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Pacific
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
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An exploration of the battles and tactics of the air war in the Pacific, including discussion of combatants, their morale, their planes, living conditions, and leadership.
"Synopsis" by , "Refreshingly multidimensional, with battle tales carefully crafted within the context of the overall campaign, this meticulously documented work portrays both the stark conditions and the high stakes of one of the largest wars in history".--"Publishers Weekly"
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