The First South Pacific Campaign

Pacific Fleet Strategy December 1941 - June 1942
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Published:April 15, 2014
By John B. Lundstrom (Author)

On May 7 and 8, 1942, fast carrier task forces from the United States and Imperial Japanese met in combat for the first time in the Battle of the Coral Sea. A strategic victory for the U.S. despite the loss of the carrier Lexington, the battle blunted the Japanese drive on Port Moresby, a valuable Allied air base on the island of New Guinea. Lundstrom offers a detailed analysis of the fundamental strategies employed by Japan and the U.S. in the South Pacific from January to June 1942, the efforts of Adm. Ernest J. King to reinforce the area in spite of Roosevelt’s Europe First grand strategy and Adm. Chester Nimitz's aggressive plans to fight in the Coral Sea. Now in paperback, The First Pacific Campaign provides a superb overview of the crucial first six months of the naval war in the South Pacific.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 29 b/w photos; 7 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 15, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1591144175
  • ISBN-13: 9781591144175
  • Product Dimensions: 6.125 X 9.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 13.76 oz

John B. Lundstrom is the author of several books on the Pacific War, including The First Team and The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign. He is the recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, the Hook Contributor’s Award and the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award by the National Aviation Museum. He is a resident of Milwaukee, WI.

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