Operation Pacific: The Royal Navy's War Against Japan, 1941-1945 - Edwyn GrayLondon: Leo Cooper, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded at the spine, and on to the margins of the panels. Pages deeply tanned by age.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Hollywood’s version of the Naval War in the Pacific has led many people to believe that it was an all-American affair and that the Royal Navy took no part in it. But, as Edwyn Gray shows in Operation Pacific, such a scenario is a travesty of the truth. In fact, the Royal Navy and its Commonwealth partners played a very significant role in the Pacific War and waged a vigorous non-stop battle with the enemy from the earliest days of defeat and disaster through to the ultimate triumph of victory. And, indeed, it is not generally realized that Japanese troops actually landed in Malaya and opened hostilities against Britain a full ninety minutes before Nagumo’s dive-bombers swept down on the unsuspecting American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor to bring the United States into the war.
Operation Pacific is the first book to provide a full and detailed account of Britain’s naval contribution to the ultimate defeat of Japan — a saga that ranges from the darkest days of December, 1941, to the vast carrier operations and kamikaze attacks of the final battles of 1945. And, while in no way disparaging the heroic achievements and fighting courage of the US forces in the Pacific, Edwyn Gray reveals that the Royal Navy’s cooperation was not always welcomed by her over-mighty Ally and that America’s top brass, notably Admiral Ernest King and General Douglas MacArthur, were implacably opposed to British involvement in the Pacific for both practical and political reasons.
Offering a clear, concise, and comprehensive picture of the part played by the Royal Navy and Commonwealth forces in the Far East War, Operation Pacific is an absorbing story handled with all the skill which readers have come to expect from one of the leading popular naval historians of our day.”