BOOK REVIEW | How Carriers Fought – Carrier Operations in World War II


By Lars Celander

Presenting exactly what its cover describes, this fine book tells the reader how the aircraft carrier concept developed at the end of World War I. It proceeds to describe their rapid development by the British, Americans and Japanese between the wars. That development, of course, was accelerated by the simultaneous and very rapid development of fighter aircraft.

In great detail, the doctrine, operations, manning, victualling, fuelling, economics, defences, equipment, structures, tactics, strategies, command and control of aircraft carriers is described here. The development of the aircraft they carried is also detailed as are their operations, strategies and tactics. All of this is described against the intense operational activity of World War II.

Logically laid out and presented with first rate photographs, drawings and maps, the book provides a very valuable overview of carrier operations up to, through and even after World War II.

Available from Casemate UK, Oxford, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone. A globally recognised expert on ferry safety, his doctoral thesis “Fatal Ferry Accidents, Their Causes and Prevention”, is still widely considered to be the bible on the subject.