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USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship

The Pacific 1942-44. Duel 83

By (author) Mark Stille
Illustrated by Alan Gilliland, Paul Wright
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Published: 30th Nov 2017
Dimensions: w 175mm h 253mm d 5mm
Weight: 265g
ISBN-10: 1472817192
ISBN-13: 9781472817198
Barcode No: 9781472817198
In the build-up to World War II both the United States and Japan believed their battleships would play a central role in battle, but after the Pacific War began in December 1941, the role of the battleship proved to be much more limited than either side expected. There would be only two battleship vs battleship actions in the Pacific in World War II, both of which are assessed in this engaging study. At Guadalcanal in 1942, Kirishima faced two modern US battleships, USS Washington and USS South Dakota. In the Surigao Strait in 1944, two World War I-era Japanese battleships, Yamashiro and Fuso, faced six American battleships supported by four heavy cruisers in history's last-ever clash between battleships. Employing full-colour artwork, carefully selected archive photographs, and expert analysis, former US Navy Commander Mark E. Stille examines the two head-to-head clashes between the battleships deployed by the United States and Japan in the struggle for control of the Pacific during World War II.

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"As with all Osprey titles, this is certainly a welcome addition to my growing library of reference material." - IPMS / USA

..".a quick and enjoyable read. Unlike other books on surface actions in WW II, the "Duel" series overall offers an interesting perspective." - The Hook Magazine, Journal of Carrier Aviation