On 4th May 1942 the Battle of the Coral Sea was begun and continued with fierce clashes for 5 days. 


Fought between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States and Australian naval and air forces, it was the first battle to have ever been fought between two fleets of aircraft carriers.

To read more about this important and unique battle of the Pacific War, why not pick up The Coral Sea 1942, by retired USN Commander, Mark Stille?

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