The Conquering Tide

The Conquering Tide

War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

Book - 2015
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"This ... history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War--the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944--when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a 'conquering tide,' concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393080643
Branch Call Number: 940.542 TOLL
Characteristics: xxxi, 622 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Sep 30, 2017

A horrifying story of a crushing defeat.

Jun 29, 2016

This is an excellent history of the critical actions of the period between Operation Watchtower (the invasion of Guadalcanal) and the Battle of the Philippine Sea (the Marianas Turkey Shoot). As such it focuses on the operational and strategic levels of combat. Indeed, the strategic ability of the United States to build up and resupply and reinforce its 5th Fleet in the Central Pacific, and the degradation of the Japanese ability to maintain their Mobile Force, had made the individual tactical decisions of American commanders irrelevant to the outcome of the war. Although the scale is theater or front-level, the author has plenty of first-hand descriptions of the different actions on sea, air and land, the personal rivalries of commanders, and the Japanese perspective.


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