The Rising Sun in Total Eclipse: The Imperial Japanese Navy Plans and Operations in Defence of Empire 2016
I commenced this study from when World War Two in the Far East was almost thirteen months old. The reason I have done this is because the Japanese Empire had already reached the limit of its expansion by August 1942 and the American counter attack in the South Pacific began on the 7th of that month, with the landings at Tulagi and Guadalcanal. Although the Guadalcanal campaign involved some of the most violent sea fighting in world history, from August 1942 through November 1942, the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy fought six major battles involving heavy losses on both sides. It is clear that, from late 1942 the Imperial Japanese Navy was on the defensive and never regained the initiative. A total of four aircraft carrier battles were fought in six months during 1942. However another would not take place for a period of twenty months, until June 1944. Therefore I decided to begin this study from January 1943, with the earlier operations being covered briefly in the introduction.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 204 x 295 x 13mm | 560g
- 01 Sep 2016
- Ron Mortensen
- Inala, QLD, Australia
David William Spethman was born in Brisbane on 24th November 1949. His interest in ships continues his family involvement with the sea which can be traced back to the 1870's. David's interest in the colonial defence forces dates from 1963, when he joined the Australian Sea Cadet Corps unit T.S. "Paluma" which was named after a colonial gunboat. He joined the Army's Water Transport in 1980, serving part time for nineteen years. From 1996 until the present he is a Chief Petty Officer Instructor, serving in the Australian Navy Cadets as coxswain of his former unit T.S. "Paluma".David also has various maritime qualifications with Queensland Transport and Yachting Australia. He also serves as a guide at Fort Lytton National Park in his spare time.
Table of contents
List of Maps and TablesList of PhotographsConversion TablesGlossary of AbbreviationsAuthor's PrefaceINTRODUCTION: The Carrier War in the Pacific up to October 1942Chapter 1: The Solomons, New Guinea and the Aleutians January - June 1943Chapter 2: The Solomons, New Guinea and the Bismarck Barrier 1st June 1943 - 31st December 1943Chapter 3: The Indian Ocean, South Pacific and Central Pacific Theatres 1st November 1943 - 31st May 1944Chapter 4: The Battle of the Philippine Sea, Morotai, Peleliu and Ulithi 1st May 1944 - 25th November 1944Chapter 5: The Indian Ocean and the Battle of Leyte Gulf July 1944 - December 1944Chapter 6: The Campaign in the Philippines November 1944 - December 1944Chapter 7: The Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific December 1944 - April 1945Chapter 8: Okinawa, Luzon, Borneo and the Japanese Home Islands 19th February 1945 - 6th August 1945Chapter 9: The Final Milestone - Defeat and Surrender 17th July 1945 - 13th September 1945Appendix I: Opposing Fleets at the Battle of the Philippine Sea 19th - 20th June 1944Appendix II: Opposing Fleets at the Battle of Leyte Gulf 23rd - 26th October 1944Appendix III: Some Japanese Weapons Mentioned in the TextAppendix IV: Japanese Naval Air Training 1940 - 1944BiographyBibliography