USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser

Guadalcanal 1942

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Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presents the cruiser clashes during the crucial battles for Guadacanal in 1942, highlighting the Battle of Savo Island on the August 9 and the Battle of Cape Esperance October 11-12th , 1942. The first was an overwhelming Japanese victory that resulted in the loss of four Allied cruisers. However, in the latter, the Americans managed to successfully turn the tables despite the fact that the was fought through the night under dangerous conditions.

This book presents a side-by-side view of the design and development of the opposing weapons systems, illustrated with newly commissioned digital artwork. It uses first-hand accounts to bring the desperate battles to life and explain why the American forces suffered early on, but eventually had their revenge.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Design and development:· Strategic situation: A review of the strengths and weaknesses of each cruiser force · Technical Specifications: A review of the main cruiser classes · The Combatants: A discussion of the training, training, and conditions of service for the cruiser sailors on each side. The mini-biographies will include command and ship captain level · Combat: The Battle of Savo and the Battle of Cape Esperance · Statistics and Analysis: Overall losses during the war, number of ships employed, how ships were lost and an assessment of the superior force · Aftermath: The fate of the two navies' cruiser forces after 1942. The focus will be a brief examination of the other cruiser actions that occurred after 1942.

Product details

Published Oct 20 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781846034664
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 52 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 22
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Mark Stille

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Paul Wright

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Howard Gerrard


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