Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and Its Influence on World Events, Volume II: 1946-2006

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 31, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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In the post-1945 era, the aircraft carrier has remained a valued weapon despite the development of nuclear weapons, cruise and ballistic missiles, and highly capable submarines. At times, as in the early days of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and in the Falklands conflict, carriers alone could deploy high-performance aircraft to the battlefield. In other operations, such as enforcing the no-fly zones and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, only carriers could provide the bases needed for sustained combat and support operations.

This second volume of Norman Polmar's landmark study details the role of carriers in the unification of the U.S. armed forces and strategic deterrence, fiscally constrained Great Britain, the development of British Commonwealth and ex-colonial navies, and the efforts of France and the Netherlands to rebuild their fleets. The role of the modern carrier-nine nations currently possess them-is discussed, as are the issues confronting nations that might acquire them. Chapters on the Soviet Union's effort to produce carriers are included for the first time. The development of both carrier planes and the many "oddball" aircraft that have flown from carriers-such as the U-2 spy plane-are also examined. Appendixes include comprehensive data on all carriers built and converted through 2006.

This volume is a valuable companion to the critically acclaimed Volume I, which covers aircraft carrier development and operations from 1909 to 1945.
  

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Contents

1 Wings Over the Sea
1
2 The First Aircraft Carriers
23
3 Between the Wars
39
4 Building Carrier Fleets
53
5 Preparing for War
71
6 War in the West
95
7 War in the Mediterranean
113
8 War in the Pacific
141
19 The Invasion of Europe
331
20 Across the Broad Pacific
355
21 The Biggest Carrier Battle
377
22 Marianas Aftermath
401
Setting the Pieces
409
The Battles
423
25 The End of the Japanese Fleet
445
26 The Final Battles
463

9 Date of Infamy
165
10 Japanese Triumph
179
11 Offensive Defense
195
12 The First Carrier Battle
211
13 Midway
223
14 Midway Aftermath
247
15 Building Aircraft Carriers
259
16 The First Assault
281
17 The Solomons Won
301
18 The European War
311
27 New Ships and Planes
495
28 Carriers to Japan
509
Appendixes
529
Aircraft Flown to Malta 19401942
531
Convoys to Malta 19401942
533
Notes
535
Index
557
Author Biographies
575
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About the author (2008)

Norman Polmar is a leading expert on naval and aviation matters. An internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author, Polmar has written more than 40 books, including, with K. J. Moore, Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines (Brassey's, ISBN 1-57488-594-4) and Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine (Brassey's, ISBN 1-57488-572-3). He is a columnist for the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History magazines. Polmar lives in the Washington, DC, area.

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