NAVAL STAFF HISTORY, SECOND WORLD WAR. BATTLE SUMMARY NO. 47 : NAVAL OPERATIONS ON THE ASSAULT AND CAPTURE OF OKINAWA, MARCH-JUNE, 1945. (OPERATION ICEBERG). COPY NO. 391.

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Tactical & Staff Duties Division, Historical Section Naval Staff, Admiralty, 1st.ed., 1950. Xii + 205 pp., 12 plans (all fldg., some partly cold. All marked CONFIDENTIAL) + a table (fldg.). Blue cloth ; gilt with gilt fouled anchor to front board. (The gilt CONFIDENTIAL on covers, Copy number, etc., has been run through at a later date with a black pen but is still clearly visible). 25 x 16cm. Small dent to fore-edge of rear board o/w V.G. Although the Battle of Okinawa was chiefly an American affair, the British Pacific Fleet played a significant role. Okinawa was a series of battles that lasted 82 days and included the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War – the invasion of Okinawa itself. The kamikaze attacks were particularly fierce and the battle was extremely bloody with over 82,000 direct casualties on both sides – some 77,500 being Japanese – plus some 149,500 Okinawans. The mighty Japanese battleship YAMATO was sunk. The British Pacific Fleet, under Vice-Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, consisted of 4 carriers, 2 battleships, 5 cruisers, 14 destroyers and a fleet train. Britain also provided about a quarter of Allied naval air power (450 aircraft) and were responsible for neutralizing Japanese airfields in the Sakishima Islands which it did successfully. The Royal Navy also provided naval bombardment and as its carriers had armoured decks, they withstood suicide attacks better than the US carriers, and were quickly back in action after sustaining damage. HMS FORMIDABLE, for example, on fire following a kamikaze attack, was only out of action for 50 minutes. This is the official post-war Admiralty account of Okinawa, divided into 14 chapters : The Strategic Situation, The Objective : Okinawa Gunto, Organization of the Allied Forces, Preparatory Operations, The Landing, Defence of the Invasion Shipping, The Struggle for Air Supremacy, Progress of the Operation, Battle of the East China Sea, Operations of the American Carriers, Logistics, Operations of the British Pacific Fleet, The Fleet Train (BPF), and Conclusion. The book is illustrated with 12 folding plans and a folding table. SCARCE.


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