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Fire in the Sky : The Air War in the South Pacific (edition 1999)

by Eric M Bergerud, Eric Bergerud

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Title:Fire in the Sky : The Air War in the South Pacific
Authors:Eric M Bergerud
Other authors:Eric Bergerud
Info:Basic Books (1999), Hardcover, 752 pages
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Tags:miltary history, military avaiton, USN, South Pacific

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Fire In The Sky: The Air War In The South Pacific by Eric M. Bergerud



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This book is a very, very thorough account on the air battle for the South Pacific 1942-44. Describing anything from tactics, strategy, industrial capacity, logistics, training of personnel, the capacity to develop new, second generation fighters and bombers to diseases and the standard of living for the troops. I really enjoyed reading it. ( )
  JesperCFS2 | Mar 13, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0813338697, Paperback)

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 combat.

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