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Bombers versus battleships : the struggle between ships and aircraft for the control of the surface of the sea
Hamer, David, 1923-2002.
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xv, 399 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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First published in 1998 by Allen & Unwin.
Beginnings of air power -- Between the wars -- Norway: 9 April-13 June 1940 -- Taranto: 11-12 November 1940 -- Crete: 20 May-1 June 1941 -- Hunt for Bismarck: 21-27 May 1941 -- Pearl Harbor: 7 December 1941 -- Sinking of Prince Wales and Repulse: 10 December 1941 -- Channel dash by Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: 11-12 February 1942 -- Ceylon: 3-9 April 1942 -- Coral Sea: 3-8 May 1942 -- Midway: 3-7 June 1942 -- Malta convoy: 10-15 August 1942 -- Santa Cruz: 25-27 October 1942 -- Bismarck Sea: 1-4 March 1943 -- Philippine Sea: 15-20 June 1944 -- Leyte Gulf: 20-25 October 1944 -- Tirpitz: 11 November 1944 -- Okinawa: 1 April-21 June 1945 -- Post-war developments: 1945 onwards.
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Who should control the surface of the sea? This ongoing and as yet unanswered question has been debated since aircraft were first introduced to warfare and remains one of the fascinating conflicts of the twentieth century. This book describes the struggle from World War I and the debates of the interwar years to the great battles of World War II and the development of missiles for attack and defense in the post-war years.

Twenty key battles are presented in vivid detail and analyzed in terms of the combatants' preparation, flaws in planning, mistakes made, and lessons learned. The contributions and shortcomings of the various navies and airforces involved in each battle are explained fully and fairly by a former captain in the Australian Navy who participated in some of the actions described. Such an approach provides the reader with an excellent understanding of not only the historical background to the adversarial relationship between ships and aircraft, but also its present status and itslikely developments.