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The First South Pacific Campaign: Pacific Fleet Strategy December 1941-June 1942

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On May 7 and 8, 1942, fast carrier task forces from the United States and Imperial Japanese navies met in combat for the first time in the Battle of the Coral Sea. A strategic victory for the U.S. in spite of the loss of the carrier Lexington, the destroyer Sims and the fleet oiler Neosho, the battle blunted the Japanese drive on Port Moresby, a valuable Allied air and naval base controlling the western Coral Sea and northern Australia. John B. Lundstrom offers a detailed analysis of the fundamental strategies employed by ...

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The First South Pacific Campaign: Pacific Fleet Strategy, December 1941-June 1942
1976, Naval Institute Press

ISBN-13: 9780870211850

Unabridged

Hardcover

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