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Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm's Way (edição: 2013)

de Douglas V. Smith (Autor)

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A longtime professor at the Naval War College who once directed strategic and long-range planning for the Navy and Marine Corps in Europe considers the transformation of the U.S. Navy from a defensive-minded coastal defense force into an offensive risk-taking navy in the very early stages of World War II. Noting that none of the navy's most significant World War II leaders were commissioned before the Spanish-American War and none participated in any important offensive operations in World War I, Douglas Smith examines the premise that education, rather than experience in battle, accounts for that transformation. In this book, Smith evaluates his premise by focusing on the five carrier battles of the second world war to determine the extent to which the inter-war education of the major operational commanders translated into their decision processes, and the extent to which their interaction during their educational experiences transformed them from risk-adverse to risk-accepting in their operational concepts. His book will interest students of the Pacific War, naval aviation, education, and leadership.… (mais)
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Título:Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm's Way
Autores:Douglas V. Smith (Autor)
Informação:Naval Institute Press (2013), Edition: 1st, 346 pages
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This is a book with a useful premise, that there can be an analysis of the battles of the IJN-USN in 1942, that could be related to an outside critical framework; that there could be a comparison of the commanders and how they tried to carry out their roles to a relatively objective forum. It does come close, to being a three star work on this theme, but there are some simple errors that seem likely to limit its audience both famong the "buffs" and the professional communities.
Least problems first 10 the map suite is very badly chosen. the maps are neither big enough numerous enough, and badly legended. The reader doesn't learn enough from them, and especially doesn't get an impression of the huge spaces involved, and the small areas covered by the intelligence gathers available.
There's an example of poor research, the number of the airplanes carried by the Japanese Ship "Akagi." Smith gives the wrong number for the load carried to Midway by that ship. Then he includes a footnote stating that the Akagi after being sunk at Midway, was somehow refitted to the final aircraft load for the ship after it wa sunk! . This is very fuzzy thinking that could have avoided by reference to either of the two good handbooks about the IJN, either "Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869 - 1945", Jentsura, Jung and Mickel, translated to English by Antony Preston and J.D. Brown, Arms and Armour Press, London, 1977. or "The Imperial Japanese Navy, Antony J. Watts & Bryan Gordon,Macdonald London, 1971. Instead he seems to have relied on the "Janes Book of Fighting Ships," for the war period. The Janes books for this period are very unreliable as the Japanese do not seem to have informed these British publishers of real developments.
If this footnote, and the errors in other force balance charts are corrected, and the maps for the battles of "Coral Sea", "Eastern Solomons" and "Santa Cruz" are redrawn for legibility, a better time can be had by the reader.
There is an area where the book is interesting, and the reader is drawn to close examination of the milita-political treatment of Frank Jack Fletcher, victor, at least in the strategic sense of Coral Sea, Midway, and Eastern Solomons after the famous "Bull Halsey", a man of competence during the fleet problems and war games, emerged from Hospital ready for assuming Carrier Fleet Command. ...Very interesting questions are raised. ( )
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A longtime professor at the Naval War College who once directed strategic and long-range planning for the Navy and Marine Corps in Europe considers the transformation of the U.S. Navy from a defensive-minded coastal defense force into an offensive risk-taking navy in the very early stages of World War II. Noting that none of the navy's most significant World War II leaders were commissioned before the Spanish-American War and none participated in any important offensive operations in World War I, Douglas Smith examines the premise that education, rather than experience in battle, accounts for that transformation. In this book, Smith evaluates his premise by focusing on the five carrier battles of the second world war to determine the extent to which the inter-war education of the major operational commanders translated into their decision processes, and the extent to which their interaction during their educational experiences transformed them from risk-adverse to risk-accepting in their operational concepts. His book will interest students of the Pacific War, naval aviation, education, and leadership.

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