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Task Force 58 the US Navy's fast carrier strike force that won the war in the Pacific Rod Macdonald

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Macdonald, Rod 1959-  Search this
United States Navy Task Force 58 History  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 504 pages illustrations, maps 25 cm
Pacific Area
United States
Pacifique, Océan
20th century
20e siècle
First published: Great Britain : Frontline Books, 2021
Purchased from the S. Dillon Ripley Endowment
Machine generated contents note: i. The Political Situation in 1930s Japan -- Manchuria -- ii. Palau -- iii. Truk -- i. USA -- ii. Japan -- iii. US Preparations -- iv. The US Pacific Fleet Moves to Hawaii -- i. 7 December 1941 -- Japan's Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor -- ii. Japan's Second Offensive -- i. Command Appointments -- ii. Early US Fast-Carrier Operations, 1942 -- iii. Halting the Japanese Expansion -- a. Battle of the Coral Sea, 4-8 May 1942 -- b. Battle of Midway, 3-7 June 1942 -- i. Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24-5 August 1942 -- ii. Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942 -- iii. Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 12-15 November 1942 -- iv. US Fleet Reorganisation Post Guadalcanal, March 1943 -- i. Allied Timetable of Operations -- Rainbow 5 -- ii. Two-prong Advance Across the Pacific -- iii. The Japanese Position Deteriorates, Reorganisation and New Carriers -- i. The Fast Carriers -- ii. US Navy Aircraft -- a. Fighters -- b. Dive-bombers -- c. Torpedo-Bombers -- i. The Isolation of Rabaul -- Operation CARTWHEEL, 13 June 1943-20 March 1944 -- ii. The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay -- Operation CHERRYBLOSSOM, 1-2 November 1943 -- iii. The Gilbert and Marshall Islands Campaign the Central Pacific Drive Begins, Operation GALVANIC, 20-8 November 1943 -- a. Strike Force Composition -- b. Battle of Tarawa, 20-8 November 1943 -- c. Battle of Makin, 20-3 November 1943 -- i. Rear Admiral Marc 'Pete' Mitscher Takes Command, 23 December 1943 -- ii. Service Squadrons 4 and 10 -- iii. Task Force 58 is Formed, 6 January 1944 -- i. The Invasion of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls -- Operation FLINTLOCK, 29 January 1944-7 February 1944 -- a. The Invasion of Majuro Atoll, 31 January 1944 -- b. The Invasion of Kwajalein Atoll -- ii. The Invasion of Eniwetok Atoll -- Operation CATCHPOLE, 17 February 1944 -- iii. Task Force 58 Smashes Truk -- Operation HAILSTONE, 17-18 February 1944 -- a. DOG-DAY-MINUS-ONE, 17 February 1944 -- b. DOG-DAY, 18 February 1944 -- i. Scouting the Marianas -- ii. The First Air Assault on Palau -- Operation DESECRATE 1,30 and 31 March 1944 -- a. K-DAY, 30 March 1944 -- b. K-DAY PLUS ONE, 31 March 1944 -- c. Aftermath -- iii. The Hollandia and Aitape Landings -Operations RECKLESS and PERSECUTION, 22-7 April 1944 -- iv. Fast-Carrier Strikes Against Truk, 29-30 April 1944 -- i. Battle of Saipan, 15 June-9 July 1944 -- ii. First Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19-20 June 1944 -- i. Guam and Tinian, July 1944 -- a. 2nd Battle of Guam, 21 July-10 August 1944 -- b. Battle of Tinian, 24 July-1 August 1944 -- c. Aftermath -- ii. Aerial Photo-reconnaissance and the 2nd Palau Air Assault -- Operation SNAPSHOT, 23-30 July 1944 -- iii. Raiding the Jimas and the Bonins, August 1944 -- iv. Task Force 38 is Formed -- v. New Carriers and New Planes -- vi. Japan -- i. Operation STALEMATE II, 15 September-27 November 1944 -- i. The Battle of Leyte Gulf, 23-6 October 1944 -- a. Prelude to Battle -- Initial Submarine Action in the Palawan Passage, 23 October 1944 -- b. Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944 -- c. Battle of the Surigao Strait, 24-5 October 1944 -- d. Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944 -- e. Battle off Cape Engano, 25 October 1944 -- i. Raiding Tokyo and the Invasion of Iwo Jima Operation DETACHMENT, February-March 1945 -- ii. Invasion of Okinawa -- Operation ICEBERG, 1 April-22 June 1945 -- i. Invasion of Kyushu -- Operation OLYMPIC, 1 November 1945 (Projected) -- ii. Invasion of Honshu -- Operation CORONET, 1 March 1946 (Projected) -- iii. Endgame -- iv. Aftermath 467 Appendix Dramatis Personae -- i. Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King (23 November 1878-25 June 1956) -- ii. Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz (24 February 1885-20 February 1966) -- iii. Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr, KBE (30 October 1883-16 August 1959) -- iv. Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance (3 July 1886-13 December 1969) -- v. Admiral John Henry Towers (30 January 1885-30 April 1955) -- vi. Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher (26 January 1887-3 February 1947) -- vii. Admiral John Sidney McCain Sr (9 August 1884-6 September 1945) -- viii. Admiral Frederick Carl Sherman (27 May 1888-27 July 1957)
The new breed of American fast aircraft carriers could make thirty-three knots, and each carried almost 100 strike aircraft. Brought together as Task Force 58, also known as the Fast Carrier Task Force, this awesome armada at times comprised more than 100 ships carrying more than 100,000 men afloat. By 1945, more than 1,000-combat aircraft, fighters, dive- and torpedo-bombers could be launched in under an hour.The fast carriers were a revolution in naval warfare - it was a time when naval power moved away from the big guns of the battleship to air power projected at sea. Battleships were eventually subordinated to supporting and protecting the fast carriers, of which, at its peak, Task Force 58 had a total of seventeen.This book covers the birth of naval aviation, the appearance of the first modern carriers in the 1920s, through to the famous surprise six-carrier _Kidō Butai_ Japanese raid against Pearl Harbor on 8 December 1941 and then the early US successes of 1942 at the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. The fast carriers allowed America, in late 1942 and early 1943, to finally move from bitter defense against the Japanese expansionist onslaught, to mounting her own offensive to retake the Pacific.Task Force 58 swept west and north from the Solomon Islands to the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, neutralizing Truk in Micronesia, and Palau in the Caroline islands, before the vital Mariana Islands operations, the Battle of Saipan, the first battle of the Philippine Sea and the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. The strikes by Task Force 58 took Allied forces across the Pacific, to the controversial Battle of Leyte Gulf and to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Task Force 58 had opened the door to the Japanese home islands themselves - allowing US bombers to finally get close enough to launch the devastating nuclear bombing raids on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Task Force 58 participated in virtually all the US Navy's major battles in the Pacific theater during the last two years of the war.Having spent many years investigating naval shipwrecks across the Pacific, many the result of the devastating effectiveness of Task Force 58, diver and shipwreck author Rod Macdonald has created the most detailed account to date of the fast carrier strike force, the force that brought Japan to its knees and brought the Second World War to its crashing conclusion.-- Publisher description
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