Clash of the Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II

Clash of the Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II


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In June, 1944, American and Japanese carrier fleets made their way through the Philippine Sea, both hoping to take control of the vital Marianas Islands. When they met, they embarked upon a naval engagement that escalated into the most spectacular aircraft carrier battle in history. Here is the true account of the battle, told from both sides-by those who were there. Drawing upon numerous interviews as well as official sources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of those who fought and those who died in a battle that will never be forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451216700
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Barrett Tillman has been an aviation historian for the past 30 years, having written over 500 articles in leading military journals, as well as four novels, a novella, a screenplay, and 30 works of nonfiction. Author website:

Table of Contents

Part IA Precarious Honor7
Part II"Cut Their Damned Throats"52
Part III"Your Signal: Buster"106
Part IV"Launch 'Em"201
Part V"Turn on the Lights"241
Part VIFinal Cut285

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Clash of the Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clash of the Carriers is Barrett Tillman's new accounting of the epic Battle of the Phillipine Sea in June 1944. Dubbed 'The Marianas Turkey Shoot' because of grossly disproportionate Japanese losses, the battle cost the enemy three aircraft carriers, 476 planes, and 445 pilots and aircrewmen. Imperial Japan's desperate attempt to prevent the capture of the Marianas islands (future B-29 bases) was perhaps the final nail in its coffin, the first being its debacle at Midway two years previously. But 'Clash' would be a rather ordinary book if it only told the story of the Turkey Shoot. Instead, Tillman has gone deep into the battle's background, comparing it to other great naval battles in history (it surpasses nearly all of them in some regards) and providing important insight into its principal personalities as well as the aircraft, ships, and fleet structure of both sides. He provides additional important background by painting a picture of America of the 1940s, a time and a culture that is unknown, even alien to most Americans of today. That unique character of the Greatest Generation's society played an important role in bringing about the smashing victory in the Marianas and beyond. As for the battle itself, though, the narration is all-encompassing, with nonstop action in the air as well as on and under the sea. It would be tough to conceive of any element of the wide-ranging conflict that isn't covered in gripping detail. It should be said that those favoring a scholarly reference on the Battle of the Phillipine Sea may find 'Clash' disappointing. That's because Tillman's style is more of a storyteller rather than a historical archivist. But for those who just want a darn good nonfiction account of blistering naval combat, Clash of the Carriers is a first class winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author lays out the strategic situation in the beginning of the book, introduces you to the command staff, carrier officers and pilots, then proceeds to give you an exciting blow-by-blow recounting of the strategic and tactical aspects of the engagement. As the book progresses, he re-enacts the battle with little vignettes probably written based on interviews with the survivors/victors, and official reports. All-in-all, a pretty interesting read once you get through the introductory stuff, although that is even understandable for the casual reader.
drbubbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I rarely abandon a book, but this one I did. In the 50 pages I managed there was much about every aspect of WW2 carrier warfare except the ostensible subject of the book.Those first 50 pages are written as though by a bad sportswriter, with lots and lots and lots of facts and figures, connected only by being about WW2 naval operations, but presented in a painfully meandering style. It's as if he took his notes, threw them in the air, and wrote about them in the order he picked them up. Consequently there are lots of non sequiturs, un-referenced statements that seem bogus on their face, and an overall lack of clarity as to what point, exactly, he might be trying to make in any given paragraph/page/section/chapter. It doesn't help that he tried never to use the same word twice, or an ordinary one where jargon is available: the text is a mish-mash of four different vocabularies all at once: regular English, official US Navalese, US naval slang, and Japanese. Then there's the editing, which appears to have been performed solely by his word processor's spelling checker. In an unwonted grant of the benefit of the doubt, I actually gave it two stars because for all I know it gets better after page 50. But if I were you, I wouldn't risk your time on that chance.
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