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Aircraft Carriers: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Important Warships

By MICHAEL E. HASKEW

From Zenith Press:

"Step aboard the floating cities that patrol international waters, launch aircraft from their decks, and decide the fate of war. Behold the king of naval warfare: the aircraft carrier.

Soon after the Wright Brothers' historic flight in 1903, officials explored the airplane's military applications. The seaplane and the flying boat were conceived to combine air and naval operations, but their potential proved limited. Aircraft that could operate from the deck of a ship, however, offered tremendous possibilities. A few visionaries seized the opportunity, and by mid-century the aircraft carrier eclipsed the battleship as the preeminent weapon of naval warfare."

Releases 15 February 2015; 240 pages

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IWO JIMA: SEVENTY-ONE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH


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the World at war: february & MARCH

Stalingrad, Soviet Union; 2 Feb 43: The Battle of Stalingrad ends » In the Soviet Union, the Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end with the official surrender of the German 6th Army. The Battle of Stalingrad and the Soviet victory would mark the turning point of the war on the eastern front as well as World War II. The combined casualties are estimated at two million combatants for the eight month long battle.

Kursk, Soviet Union; 9 Feb 43: The Battle of Kursk begins » The Battle for Kursk had the costliest single day of aerial warfare to date as well as the largest armoured battle in the war on the eastern front. It was also the last strategic offensive Germany would be able to mount in the war on the eastern front.

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; 9 Feb 43: Guadalcanal is finally secured » It was the first major offensive launched against the Empire of Japan. The victory would require the best from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Army, and was key for further advance in the Solomon Islands. The Marine Corps would gain valuable jungle fighting experience which would be key throughout the Pacific War.

Dresden, Germany; 13 Feb 45: The Bombing of Dresden, Germany »The highly controversial destruction of the city of Dresden has been debated for years. The British and American commanders justified the action as strategic for military and indutrial targets while others viewed it as unnecessary and potentially a war crime.

Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 45: The Battle of Iwo Jima begins » 28% of the 82 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. Marines during WWII were awarded on Iwo Jima. This speaks to the ferocity of the battle between the the Marines and the Japanese forces. The fight for Mount Suribachi and flag raising on 23 February 1945 would forever become the symbol of U.S. Marines Corps heritage.

Red Beach II - Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 45: Medal of Honor winner John Basilone at Iwo Jima » Many U.S. Marines were heroes in World War II, but a select few stand taller than others. Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism at Guadalcanal and would go on to win the Navy Cross on Iwo Jima. His actions saved many of his fellow Marines on that first day at Iwo. He was also the only enlisted Marine to win the CMOH and the Navy Cross in WWII.

Iwo Jima, 23 Feb 45: Two Flag Raisings on Iwo Jima » The names of Harlon Block, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley and Michael Strank were forever immortalized in the legendary photograph by Joe Rosenthal as the "Flag Raisers of Iwo Jima." This immortal shot was the second flag raising on Iwo, with the first flag raising photographed by USMC SSgt Louis Lowery. Its "raisers" have been identified (and disputed) as: Harold Schrier, Ernest Thomas, James Michaels, Henry Hansen, and Charles Lindberg.

 

 Bismarck Sea; SW Pacific area; 2 March 1943:  Battle of the Bismarck Sea » The Japanese commanders had decided to move over 100k troops from China and Japan in to the New Guinea area. The Japanese convoy of eight destroyers, eight troop tarnsports and 100 fighter aircraft moving the 51st Infantry Division were intercepted by the USAAF and RAAF on the 1st and 2nd of March.

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Philippines, Pacific Ocean; 11 March 1942:  General MacArthur ordered to leave The Philippines »  On this date President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered General MacArthur to leave his command post in the Philippines due to the potential and impending loss by U.S. forces to the Japanese. Prior to his departure to Austrailia by PT boat and aircraft, he makes his famous declaration,"I shall return".

Bougainville, Solomon Islands; 15 March 1944:   The Bougainville Campaign continues » The Allied forces consisted of major units from all US branches as well as forces from New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. The 93rd Infantry Division would later reinforce and become the first African-American infantry unit to see action in WWII.

 

Iwo Jima, Japan; 20 March 1945:  Correspondent Robert Sherrod on Iwo Jima » Robert Sherrod was best known for his years of writing and editing for TIME and LIFE magazines during WWII. He accompanied the US Marines at Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tarawa and Attu. Sherrod said of Iwo Jima, "at the end of a fortnight's bloody fighting there is no longer any doubt that Iwo is the most difficult amphibious operation in U.S. history."

Iwo Jima, Japan; 26 March 1945:  The fighting on Iwo Jima ends » The 35-day battle finally came to an end on this day. The Battle of Iwo Jima, or Operation Detachmentas it was known by the U.S. forces, saw some of the most brutal combat of the Pacific War. The strategic importance of victory on Iwo was for its two airfields, which would prove vital for B-29 landings and ultimate delivery of the atomic bombs.

 
 
 

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Aircraft Carriers: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Important Warships

By MICHAEL E. HASKEW

Releases 15 February 2016

From Zenith Press: "Step aboard the floating cities that patrol international waters, launch aircraft from their decks, and decide the fate of war. Behold the king of naval warfare: the aircraft carrier. Soon after the Wright Brothers' historic flight in 1903, officials explored the airplane's military applications.

Please join us Thursday evening, 18 February 2016 in the Victory at Sea: U.S. Navy, Coast Guard & Merchant Marine group. This event is sponsored by our good friend Nichole Schiele at Zenith Press and Quarto Knows.

The Summer of '45: Stories and Voices from VE Day to VJ Day

By KEVIN TELFER

Available Now on Quarto Knows »

From Aurum Press: "On 8 May 1945 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill finally announced to waiting crowds that the Allies had accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and that the war in Europe was over. For the next two days, people around the world celebrated. But the “slow outbreak of peace” that gradually dawned across the world in the summer of 1945 was fraught with difficulties and violence."

Please join us Thursday evening, 3 March 2016 in the British Forces & The Battle of Britain Group. This giveaway is sponsored by Nichole Schiele and Quarto Knows (Aurum Press).

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