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ddsflyer
01-15-2006, 04:29 PM
"Fire In The Sky - The Air War In The South Pacific" by Eric M. Bergerud is THE definitive treatise on WWII Pacific aerial combat. A fantastic wealth of information.

ddsflyer
01-15-2006, 04:29 PM
"Fire In The Sky - The Air War In The South Pacific" by Eric M. Bergerud is THE definitive treatise on WWII Pacific aerial combat. A fantastic wealth of information.

LEXX_Luthor
01-15-2006, 05:38 PM
Hardcore all the way, and 700 pages of sofback for 20$ you can't beat. Its still focuses mostly on the usa side, but the japanese side does get some good coverage though. Aussies seem to get some coverage as well, especially the Wirraways support aircraft.

Wirraway link
~> http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-air-support/ww2-allied/wirraway.htm

Bearcat99
01-15-2006, 06:51 PM
Absolutely..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

zoinks_
01-15-2006, 07:07 PM
looks good. Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway is turning into a very good read as well...though not required.

ElAurens
01-15-2006, 07:41 PM
Many interesting conclusions to be drawn from Fire In the Sky, some of which our Navy fanbois won't take to kindly to either. To wit: The heart of the Japanese Army Air Corps was ripped out over the skys of New Guinea in 1943 by US Army pilots, mostly flying obsolete P40s and P39s.

VT-51_Razor
01-16-2006, 08:15 AM
Please, everybody go back and read the cover of Mr. Bergerud's fine book, and see what it says. It's about the air war in the SOUTH PACIFIC! It is all about the campaign in the Solomons and New Guinea. The guy actually makes the statement in there that, "...aside from the carrier vs carrier battles that took place in the Coral Sea, and at Midway, carrier aviation didn't significantly contribute to the rest of the war"! or words to that effect. Anyway, I read that in a post by SkyChimp somewhere and got all excited, being the Navy fanboy that I am. Then I read the book - a great read by the way - and realized that his whole frame of reference is in the South Pacific. The rest of the war in the Pacific was only possible by the carrier task forces and their ability to eliminate air resistance before an invasion was even attempted.

Bergerud's primary frame of reference in his book is the USAAC, and their part in the war in the South Pacific, which was significant, no doubt. So, don't think that Bergerud is trying to say that the USAAC won the war single handedly, or that the Navy carriers didn't pull their weight. He's just talking about a small part of the big picture.

jds1978
01-16-2006, 09:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">VT-51_Razor Posted Mon January 16 2006 07:15
Please, everybody go back and read the cover of Mr. Bergerud's fine book, and see what it says. It's about the air war in the SOUTH PACIFIC! It is all about the campaign in the Solomons and New Guinea. The guy actually makes the statement in there that, "...aside from the carrier vs carrier battles that took place in the Coral Sea, and at Midway, carrier aviation didn't significantly contribute to the rest of the war"! or words to that effect. Anyway, I read that in a post by SkyChimp somewhere and got all excited, being the Navy fanboy that I am. Then I read the book - a great read by the way - and realized that his whole frame of reference is in the South Pacific. The rest of the war in the Pacific was only possible by the carrier task forces and their ability to eliminate air resistance before an invasion was even attempted.

Bergerud's primary frame of reference in his book is the USAAC, and their part in the war in the South Pacific, which was significant, no doubt. So, don't think that Bergerud is trying to say that the USAAC won the war single handedly, or that the Navy carriers didn't pull their weight. He's just talking about a small part of the big picture. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Agree 110%

Tater-SW-
01-16-2006, 10:30 AM
Fire in the Sky is pretty good.

Shattered Sword should be required reading. It is the definitive english language account of Midway from the IJN perspective, and correts many errors in USN accounts that took the discredited Fuchida book as gospel (US accounts have, not realizing that japanese historians have discounted that book since the 1960s).

The First Team and The First Team: Guadalcanal are also required reading for Navy/USMC stuff.

McArthur's Eagles is very good for the 5th AF reduction of Wewak. WARPATH is a fantastic unit history of the 345 BG in the SWPA.

For Guadalcanal in general, the definitive book is Richard Frank's Guadalcanal. His other book, Downfall is also excellent.

Combined Fleet Decoded is also required reading IMO.

Background on the japanese forces would result in a required reading list that included Kaigun, Sunburst, and Soldiers of the Sun : The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army.

tater