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Testing American Sea Power: U.S. Navy Strategic Exercises, 1923 – 1940
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 14:55

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Author: Craig C. Felker
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

From Baird Maritime:

This extensively and very carefully researched book rather turns on its head the conventional wisdom that the United States was unready for war in 1941.

You would think that the country’s rapid response to and recovery from the Pearl Harbour debacle would have eliminated that irrational notion. For various reasons it has not. Too many historians have persisted with that misconception. They have thus had it accepted almost as fact.

The author shows that, generally speaking, the opposite was the case. The U.S. Navy was steadily developing a new doctrine and new strategies. Aircraft and submarines increasingly became acceptable and well prepared over the nearly two decades examined.

The twenty-one major fleet exercises or “Fleet Problems” described show very clearly how the U.S. Navy’s remarkable awakening came about.

Ordering Information:

Texas A&M University Press
College Station, USA
Web: www.tamu.edu/upress

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The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot’s Forty Hours on the Run in Laos
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 14:53


Author: Kenny Wayne Fields
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

An exciting personal narrative of a US Navy A7 fighter bomber pilot shot down on his first combat mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Mixing adventure and misadventure in almost equal measure this exhilarating tale details the shooting down of his aircraft and, more importantly, and more excitingly, his 40 hours on the ground in Laos behind enemy lines.

The determined and, ultimately very expensive effort to rescue the author is told in considerable detail from the perspective of both rescuer and rescued. Almost unbelieveably, in addition to close encounters with the enemy, he experienced close calls with the local wildlife including a leopard and a tiger as well as the almost inevitable “friendly fire”.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.usni.org

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Voices From D-Day: Eye-Witness Accounts of 6th June 1944
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 14:51


Author: Jonathon Bastable
Publisher: David & Charles

From Baird Maritime:

As the 150,000 British, American, Canadian, French and German and other participants in the D-Day invasion of Normandy rapidly pass their allotted spans, it becomes urgent to record their experiences.

The author has done this and combined their recollections with the archive of the two main D-Day museums in England and the United States. The result is a very readable and informative summation of what really went on before, during and after that massive operation.

Never before or since have so many ships or boats been gathered in one place at one time. D-Day required the biggest amphibious assault in history. Even the eventual harbour walls had to be towed into place.

A very personal and lively record.

Ordering Information:

David & Charles
Cincinnati, USA
Web: www.davidandcharles.co.uk
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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Chronometer Jack: The Autobiography of the Shipmaster John Miller of Edinburgh (1802 – 1883)
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 14:50


Edited by Robin Craig, Ann Nix and Michael Nix
Publisher: Whittles Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Globe girdling and endlessly adventurous, the life of John Miller swept from Edinburgh to Launceston in Tasmania via China, India and many places between. After a financial disaster he finally returned to Britain where he re-established himself.

At age 17 he went to sea with the British East India Company and grew up very quickly. He was a good judge of character, a useful asset in the milieu he moved in. The India to China, opium trade provided a good grounding for his future as a ship owner.

Later experiences as a Coastguard and foundation member of the Royal Naval Reserve all contributed to a fascinating personal history of a distinctly exciting period.

Ordering Information:

Whittles Publishing
Caithnese, Scotland
Web: www.whittlespublishing.com
 
Inbooks
Frenchs Forest, Australia
Web: www.inbooks.com.au

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Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 14:48


Author: Joseph A. Springer
Publisher: Zenith Press

From Baird Maritime:

A very good oral history of a famous incident of World War II.

The Essex class aircraft carrier USS ‘Franklin’ was operating only 55 miles from the Japanese coast in the dying days of World War II. She was successfully targeted by a lone Japanese “Kamikaze” aircraft.

Badly damaged by the resulting fire, 798 of her crew were killed and 487 wounded. Thanks to an enormous and heroic effort by her remaining crew, with help from its escort vessels, the ‘Franklin’ miraculously survived. She returned under her own power to New York.

All this is described particularly eloquently by the ship’s surviving crew members and other contributors to her survival.

Harrowing but immensely impressive.

Ordering Information:

Zenith Press
St Paul, USA
Web: www.zenithpress.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.carpricornlink.com.au

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