Dying and destruction got here to the tiny Pacific outpost of Truk Lagoon in February 1944. Operation Hailstone was designed to destroy as a lot of the Japanese fleet and surrounding island bases as doable over the course of two days and cease the Japanese advance throughout the Pacific. Whereas lots of Japan’s bigger battleships and destroyers had left for Palau and different areas of the Pacific fearing an imminent assault, the allies nonetheless discovered over 60 ships within the lagoon, sinking over 45 and damaging many others. Of 365 Japanese planes, over 270 have been destroyed within the air or on the bottom.
In 1970, Truk Lagoon once more got here to the eye of the world via Jacques Cousteau’s survey of the gathering of shipwrecks and plane on the ocean flooring. Truk Lagoon is now on each shipwreck fanatic’s bucket record.
World Battle II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon by Dan E Bailey is the definitive information to the build-up to the air strikes, the occasions of Operation Hailstone and particulars 52 shipwrecks and 5 plane wrecks which might be mendacity on the seabed. The primary part of the ebook offers with the historical past of Japanese growth into Truk Lagoon and its growth right into a naval base. The times of the allied raid are comprehensively coated, with decoded intercepted messages and black and white photos included.
The creator is an knowledgeable on the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, having been diving there for the reason that early 1970s. He has exhaustively researched the wartime data and pieced collectively data from different Pacific warfare researchers to compile the knowledge referring to the raid. With over thirty years of diving on the wrecks, he has constructed a complete information to every one together with background historical past, wreck description and diving notes full with color images of probably the most attention-grabbing artifacts.
What’s good about World Battle II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon is that you may slip into no matter areas that curiosity you simply and rapidly. It is nicely laid out and every part is simple to seek out. If it is simply the wreck data that you just’re after, then the knowledge is full in itself however the choices are there to delve additional into the historical past of every particular person ship or become involved within the element of Operation Hailstone.
I purchased this ebook on my method dwelling from my first journey to Truk. Other than wishing that I knew of it earlier than I went… it gave me a better perception into the wrecks that I’d simply dived on. A few of these wrecks are so large that there is no such thing as a likelihood of see every part in a single or two dives – this ebook will fill you in on the bits you missed and assist information you in your subsequent journey again.
It is hardcover and over 500 pages lengthy so it is not a ebook simply carried with you however in the event you’re planning a dive journey to Truk, you have simply been otherwise you’re a Pacific warfare fanatic then you definitely want this ebook in your espresso desk or bookshelf.