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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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The Battle of the Java Sea 1

The Battle of the Java Sea 1

(p.45) III The Battle of the Java Sea1
Old Friends New Enemies

Arthur J. Marder

Oxford University Press

The first section of this chapter compares the Japanese and Allied forces. It looks at the IJN offices, the Dutch strategy, Vice-Admiral Helfrich's and Admiral Doorman's dispositions, the lack of Allied air cover, the multinational force's lack of common signalling system, the strain on naval personnel, and the Exeter. The second section describes Doorman's ship-handling, the conservatism of Japanese tactics, the disintegration of the Allied line, and the fall of Doorman together with his flagship. The third section describes the Exeter's last fights and Helfrich's determination to fight to the last. The last section examines the balance sheet, the survivors, the Japanese triumph, British assessments of Doorman and of Helfrich, and the limitations of the Exeter.

Keywords:   air cover, Allied forces, Admiral Doormn, Vice-Admiral Helfrich, Exeter

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