Fist From the Sky: Japan's Dive-Bomber Ace of World War II

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Stackpole Books, 27. 9. 2006 - Počet stran: 192
  • Fascinating look from the Japanese side at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway
  • Fully authorized account including contemporary interviews with those that flew with Lt. Cdr. Egusa

    Lieutenant Commander Takashige Egusa was one of the Imperial Japanese Navy's most skillful and influential dive-bomber pilots. He led an attack force against Pearl Harbor, calmly circling his special flame-red Aichi dive bomber before selecting his target. Assaults on the deadly gun batteries of Wake Island followed, as well as air support for the invasion of Ambon. Badly burned at Midway, Egusa returned to duty, only to be killed on his final mission. As one Japanese officer said, "He was the 'God of Dive-Bombing.'" Fully placed in historical context and backed by a wealth of detail from archives, family records, photographs, and memories of contemporaries, the full story of Egusa's bravery, leadership qualities, and illustrious career comes to life.

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    Acknowledgements
    9
    Glossary
    13
    Introduction
    20
    Chapter One Egusas Childhood
    23
    Chapter Two Early Naval Life
    42
    Chapter Three To Distant Lands
    68
    Chapter Four The Blossoming of Japanese Naval Aviation
    87
    Chapter Five The War in China
    101
    Chapter Eight The Desperate Gamble Pearl Harbor
    160
    Chapter Nine Through the Southern Oceans
    177
    Chapter Ten Carnage in the Indian Ocean
    192
    Chapter Eleven The Biter Bit with Midway
    204
    Chapter Twelve The Last Sortie
    220
    Epilogue
    239
    Footnotes
    242
    Bibliography
    262

    Chapter Six Courtship and Marriage
    134
    Chapter Seven Prelude to the Pacific War
    146

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    O autorovi (2006)

    Peter C. Smith is a well-known authority on the history of dive-bombing and is the author of over sixty naval history books that are published on four continents. He currently lives with his wife and two Labradors in Bedfordshire, England.

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