Through these chosen snapshots Pacific Adversaries portrays the South Pacific conflict as accurately as possible. This first volume describes confrontations between the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) and the Allies in New Guinea and the Solomons.
JAAF units first arrived in the South Pacific in December 1942 and effectively ceased operations in mainland New Guinea in April 1944. Theirs is a rich and colorful history about which many myths persist. Perhaps the biggest is that their Allied counterparts thought they were mainly fighting “Zeros”, a falsehood still published and accepted to this day.
In New Guinea the Allies ratcheted up a grueling, coordinated and unrelenting campaign, destroying most JAAF air power on the ground, not in the air. Their assault against Wewak’s key bases involved an interwoven and complex strategy which eventually overpowered the Japanese.
Never before have detailed accounts matched up adversaries so closely and in doing so shine light on key events in Pacific skies so many years ago.
Japanese Aircraft Types
Chapter 1 The Lucky Shot
Chapter 2 Collision Over Lae
Chapter 3 The Battle Which Never Was
Chapter 4 Takehashi Meets Deblanc
Chapter 5 Kamikaze or Miscalculation?
Chapter 6 A Long Legacy
Chapter 7 The Nama-Namba Man
Chapter 8 Sole Survivor – Bombura’s Tale
Chapter 9 Medal of Honor
Chapter 10 Fire-Breathing Dragon-Slayer
Chapter 11 Sally in the Mountains
Chapter 12 The Rare Sonia
Chapter 13 Mitchell Destroyed
Chapter 14 Two Boomers Down
Chapter 15 Ten Knights in a Bar Room
Chapter 16 The Last Dragon
"Although it can't really be considered, strictly speaking, a history of the air war, it scores high points for its careful, detailed explanations of these quite engrossing events." ~Stone & Stone Second World War Books
"...excellent portrayals of lesser-known JAAF aircraft will be of particular interest to modelers and enthusiasts alike." ~Air Power History
"Few books can relate the human side, the mortality that confronted the pilots, as they waged war over the unforgiving skies of the South Pacific, but Pacific Adversaries does this successfully."
‘’It will be of interest to the aviation historian who studies the war in the Pacific and with photos and artwork that will be helpful for modellers as well. Judging simply by this first volume, the next ones in the series will add up to a neat reference source.’’ ~Military Model Scene