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Reducing Japan’s great island fortress
LARDAS Mark: Rabaul 1943–44. Reducing Japan’s great island fortress
Englisch, 96 Seiten, zahlreiche Abbildungen, Bibliographie, Register, broschürt
In 1942, the massive Japanese naval base and airfield at Rabaul was a fortress standing in the Allies‘ path to Tokyo. It was impossible to seize Rabaul, or starve the 100,000-strong garrison out. Instead the US began an innovative, hard-fought two-year air campaign to draw its teeth, and allow them to bypass the island completely.
The struggle decided more than the fate of Rabaul. If successful, the Allies would demonstrate a new form of warfare, where air power, with a judicious use of naval and land forces, would eliminate the need to occupy a ground objective in order to control it. As it turned out, the Siege of Rabaul proved to be more just than a successful demonstration of air power – it provided the roadmap for the rest of World War II in the Pacific.
– Attackers‘ Capabilities
– Defenders‘ Capabilities
– Campaign Objectives
– The Campaign
– Aftermath and Analysis
Mark Lardas has been fascinated by things related to the sea and sky his entire life. From building models of ships and aircraft as a teen, his maritime interest led him to study Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but his interest in aviation led him to take a job on the then-new Space Shuttle program. Over the next 30 years he worked as a navigation engineer on the Shuttle program. Currently he works developing commercial aircraft systems as a quality assurance manager. He has written extensively about aircraft and warships and is the author of 25 books, all related to military, naval or maritime history.