The Little Giants

U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan
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Published:April 15, 2012
By William T. Y'Blood (Author)

The substantial accomplishments of the U.S. Navy?s mini-carriers in such battles as Leyte Gulf, Guadalcanal, the Marianas, and Okinawa never gained the attention given the fast carriers, but there is little question that their vital operations played an important role in the Pacific campaign. These remarkably versatile vessels--called CVEs, baby flattops, and even jeeps--hunted submarines, escorted convoys, provided air support, and performed dozens of other tasks that are vividly described in this book. Based on interviews with the CVE crewmen and on war diaries, ship histories, and other documents, it tells a moving story of escort carrier operations, from the work of the first CVEs to their final assignment transporting GIs home after the war. Seldom-seen photographs add to this fascinating portrait of the little giants.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 488 pages
  • Illustrations: 60 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1557509808
  • ISBN-13: 9781557509802
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 27.52 oz

William T. Y'Blood, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and later in commercial aviation, served as a historian for the Air Force. The author of eight books on World War II aviation topics, he died in 2006.

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