WW2 Navies

Scroll down to see articles on the navies of Axis and Allied forces in World War Two

Scroll down to see articles on the navies of Axis and Allied forces in World War Two


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USS Enterprise (CVN-65): The Linchpin of the Pacific

The following article on the USS Enterprise is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. From the 1930s to the early 1940s, five carriers joined the U.S. Fleet, including the fifteen thousand-ton Ranger…

battle of leyte gulf

The Battle of Leyte Gulf: WW2’s Largest Naval Battle

The following article on the Battle of Leyte Gulf is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The pace of the Pacific War accelerated after the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign, with the…

midway class carrier

Midway Class Carrier: The Behemoth of the Navy

The following article on the Midway Class Carrier is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. During the Second World War, the Navy evolved the concept of the “battle carrier,” bigger and more capable…

battle of okinawa

Battle of Okinawa: AKA Operation Iceberg

The following article on the Battle of Okinawa is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Operation Iceberg—the code name for the Battle of Okinawa and the occupation of the Ryukyu Islands—began on…

british pacific fleet

The British Pacific Fleet in World War Two

The following article on the British Pacific Fleet is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The British Pacific Fleet (BPF) had been activated in November 1944, replacing the Eastern Fleet. Most significantly…

Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign

Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign

The following article on the Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Central Pacific Offensive—a campaign whose goal was to neutralize Japanese bases and provide…

Essex Class Aircraft Carrier

The Essex Class Aircraft Carrier

The following article on the Essex Class Aircraft Carrier is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. By 1943 momentum was moving in America's direction against Japan in the Pacific Theatre of…

battle of the santa cruz islands

Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands

The following article on the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The malarial Santa Cruz Islands bear three hundred miles east of the Solomons,…

Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Battle of the Eastern Solomons

The following article on the Battle of the Eastern Solomons an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Battle of the Eastern Solomons on August 24, 1942—part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in…

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