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US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships

US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2016 Title US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships
Author Mark Stille Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2015 ISBN 9781472808493
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95


Many historians mark 7 April 1945 as the death of the “Battleship Era”.

That’s when US Navy carrier-borne aircraft sunk Imperial Japan’s massive, mighty Yamato – sole survivor of the largest and most powerful battleship class ever constructed.

Now author Mark Stille tells the tale in US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships: Pacific Theater 1944–45 – 69th installment in Osprey’s fascinating “Duel” series.

Stille’s study pits two American warplane types – Curtiss’ SB2C Helldiver and Grumman’s TBF/TBM Avenger – against the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Yamato and sister ship Musashi. And he recounts each ship’s demise in two epic encounters: Musashi’s at the Battle of Leyte Gulf and Yamato’s during April 1945’s invasion of Okinawa.

Contents follow Osprey’s proven prescription. After a concise chronology, coverage commences with technical details: design, development and specifications. The study then segues to the strategic situation and combatants – before recapping combat actions. Statistics, analysis and aftermath sections wrap things up.

B&W photos, extended captions, maps, biographies, sidebars, selected bibliography and index augment the account. And Jim Laurier’s superb color plates beautifully illustrate participating aircraft and warships. But don't expect annotations: there are none.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!