The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful

The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful

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By (author) David Hobbs

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  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 42mm | 1,161g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Barnsley
  • ISBN 10: 1848320485
  • ISBN 13: 9781848320482
  • Sales rank: 347,628

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In August 1944 the British Pacific Fleet did not exist. Six months later it was strong enough to launch air attacks on Japanese territory, and by the end of the war it constituted the most powerful force in the history of the Royal Navy, fighting as professional equals alongside the US Navy in the thick of the action. How this was achieved by a nation nearing exhaustion after five years of conflict is a story of epic proportions in which ingenuity, diplomacy and dogged persistence all played a part. As much a political as a technical triumph, the BPF was uniquely complex in its make-up: its C-in-C was responsible to the Admiralty for the general direction of his Fleet; took operational orders from the American Admiral Nimitz; answered to the Government of Australia for the construction and maintenance of a vast base infrastructure, and to other Commonwealth Governments for the ships and men that formed his fully-integrated multi-national fleet.This ground-breaking new work by David Hobbs describes the background, creation and expansion of the BPF from its first tentative strikes, through operations off the coast of Japan to its impact on the immediate post-war period, including the opinions of USN liaison officers attached to the British flagships. The book is the first to demonstrate the real scope and scale of the BPF's impressive achievement.

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It is impossible to do full credit to this book in a brief review. The author, as a Royal Navy 'insider' occasionally shows himself to be in thrall to some of that service's mythology. The book is well - produced on good quality paper, there are some useful maps (including some striking contemporary US Navy target maps), and the photographic illustration is remarkable. - Naval Book of the Year