Fire In The Sky

Fire In The Sky : The Air War In The South Pacific

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In the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most sophisticated technology available at the time in a strategically crucial war of aerial attrition. In one of the largest aerial campaigns in history, the skies of the South Pacific were dominated first by the dreaded Japanese Zeros, then by Allied bombers, which launched massed raids at altitudes under fifty feet, and finally by a ferocious Allied fighter onslaught led by a cadre of the greatest aces in American military history.Utilizing primary sources and scores of interviews with surviving veterans of all ranks and duties, Eric Bergerud recreates the fabric of the air war as it was fought in the South Pacific. He explores the technology and tactics, the three-dimensional battlefield, and the leadership, living conditions, medical challenges, and morale of the combatants. The reader will be rewarded with a thorough understanding of how air power functioned in World War II from the level of command to the point of fire in air-to-air more

Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 55.88mm | 703.06g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations portraits, maps
  • 0813338697
  • 9780813338699
  • 336,164

About Eric M. Bergerud

Eric M. Bergerud is professor of military and American history at Lincoln University in San Francisco and the author of Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific, Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning and The Dynamics of more

Table of contents

The Three-dimensional Battlefield * Defining the Battlefield: Air-Base Networks * The Land and Air Machines and Men in the South Pacific * Japanese Warplanes * Allied Aircraft * Airmen in the South Pacific Blood in the Sky: Air Battle in the South Pacific * Deadly Geometry: Fighter Warfare in the South Pacific * Making History: Bombers in the South Pacific * Conclusionshow more

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