Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

The Coral Sea 1942: The First Carrier Battle by Mark Stille (Osprey Publishing November 2009, 96 pag

Discussion in 'The Pacific and CBI' started by dgmitchell, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. dgmitchell

    dgmitchell Ace

    May 9, 2008
    Likes Received:
    As a reviewer, I read a lot of books. Some are good and some less so. Over time, however, I have come to realize that I can always rely on Osprey Publishing to deliver excellent, concise studies of very specific aspects of World War II that are both very well researched and entirely engaging. So it was with a great deal of happy anticipation that I attended a five hour track meet today accompanied only by a cooler of diet cola and Mark Stille's The Coral Sea 1942: The First Carrier Battle. I was not disappointed.

    Stille presents America's first strategic victory in a thorough and well-organized fashion. He sets the stage by exploring the condition and constitution of the American and Japanese fleets in the Pacific during the months leading up to the MAy 1942 battle and he explores the personalities of the various commanding officers of the combatants. After providing ample background, Stille takes his readers through the actual battle and the aftermath of the battle, noting the connection between the American success (or more accurately, perhaps, the Japanese failures) in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the later success of the American carrier force in the Battle of Midway.

    As I have mentioned in past Osprey reviews, each title in the various Osprey series offers (Campaign, Fortress, Elite, Raid, etc.) is a portable, highly detailed study of a small aspect of the war and each series, as a whole, provides a wonderfully compact succession of books that can make any interested reader into a very knowledgeable student of the arena that the series considers.

    Several other Osprey titles have been released in the past month. You may also want to consider the following titles:

    Duel Series
    Book #22 USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser: Guadalcanal 1942 by Mark Stille

    Elite Series
    Book #175 World War II US Cavalry Units: Pacific Theater by Gordon L. Rottman

    Book #176 World War II US Armored Infantry Tactics by Gordon L. Rottman

    Book #177 German Special Forces of World War II by Gordon Williamson

    Fortress Series
    Book #89 The Atlantic Wall (2): Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway by Steven J. Zalonga

    Raid Series
    Book #3 The Cabanatuan Prison Raid: The Phillipines 1945 by Gordon L. Rottman

    Warrior Series
    Book #141 Merrill's Marauders by Edward Young

    Book #142 Blue Division Soldier 1941-1945: Spanish Volunteer on the Eastern Front by C Caballero Jurado

Share This Page