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Lundstrom, John B, THE FIRST SOUTH PACIFIC CAMPAIGN PACIFIC FLEET STRATEGY DECEMBER 1941 JUNE 1942

Lundstrom, John B: THE FIRST SOUTH PACIFIC CAMPAIGN. PACIFIC FLEET STRATEGY DECEMBER 1941 - JUNE 1942 , Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1976

Hardback, first edition, red cloth boards with unclipped d/w, 240 pages with b/w photographs and illustrations, 9.25" x 6.25". Light wear to spine of d/w, all else exceptionally good condition. ===== On May 7 and 8, 1942, fast carrier task forces from the United States and Imperial Japanese navies met in combat for the first time in the Battle of the Coral Sea. A strategic victory for the U.S. in spite of the loss of the carrier Lexington, the destroyer Sims and the fleet oiler Neosho, the battle blunted the Japanese drive on Port Moresby, a valuable Allied air and naval base controlling the western Coral Sea and northern Australia. But much more was at stake than Port Moresby.The decisions which placed the forces in battle in the Coral Sea represented fundamental strategic planning undertaken by both the U.S. and Japanese high commands, with the bloody Battle of the Coral Sea serving as the culmination of the "First South Pacific Campaign." Lasting from January through May 1942, the campaign encompassed Japanese invasions of Rabaul on New Britain, Lae and Salamaua on the north coast of Papua, Tulagi in the Solomon Islands, and attempted invasions of Port Moresby; Ocean and Nauru Islands.John B. Lundstrom offers the first detailed analysis of the fundamental strategies employed by Japan and the U.S. in the South Pacific from January to June 1942, including Japanese equivocation regarding advances in the South Pacific and the vigorous actions of Admiral Ernest J. King to reinforce the area in spite of the presidential decision to concentrate American efforts on Europe and the problem of Germany.Writing in clear, concise, and readable style, Lundstrom combines strategic insight and careful scholarship with previously untapped source materials to present a book which may make previous writing on the first six months of the naval war in the South Pacific obsolete. (Book ref. 255 )  £ 95.00

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