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    DescriptionIn 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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    The British Pacific Fleet
    The Royal Navy's Most Powerful
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Hobbs
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 1,169 g
    ISBN 13: 9781848320482
    ISBN 10: 1848320485

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: JWF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    DC22: 940.54
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    DC22: 940.545941
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS027150
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, JWCK
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seaforth Publishing
    Publication date
    16 June 2011
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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