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Old Friends New EnemiesVolume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945$
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Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen, and John Horsfield

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201502.001.0001

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Main Fleet to Okinawa

Main Fleet to Okinawa

(p.404) XIV Main Fleet to Okinawa
Old Friends New Enemies

Arthur J. Marder

Oxford University Press

The first section of this chapter describes Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, Commander of the British Pacific Fleet; Admiral Sir Philip Vian; the composition of the British Pacific Fleet; the enhanced capabilities of British fleet carriers; the Allied strategic position; the American plans for defeating Japan; and the importance of Okinawa in their scheme of things. The second section discusses the Japanese preparations, kamikaze training and tactics, and the Allied defensive measures. The third section describes the death-ride of the Yamato. The fourth section examines the British in the Sakishima Gunto. The last section describes the bombardment of Japanese airfields, the accomplishments of the Pacific Fleet, the success of kamikazes, and the importance of British carriers in the American order of battle.

Keywords:   Bernard Rawlings, British Pacific Fleet, Japan, kamikaze training, Sakishima Gunto

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