Through these chosen snapshots, Pacific Adversaries portrays the South Pacific conflict as accurately as possible. This volume focuses exclusively on confrontations between the Japanese Naval Air Force (JNAF) and Allied air power in the Solomons theatre between 1943 and 1944.
Following the bloody 1942 Guadalcanal campaign, the JNAF fought a largely defensive war in the Solomons against gathering Allied forces. Perhaps surprisingly, right through to the end of 1943, the JNAF offered significant resistance to the Allies and never ceded air superiority in the vicinity of its key base of Rabaul. Only in 1944, when units were withdrawn to the Central Pacific and the Philippines, was the JNAF presence in the South Pacific finally wound down to just a token force.
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.
"...beautifully illustrated, with a mixture of period photographs, color, line drawings of aircraft and a few pieces of new artwork." ~WWII History Magazine
"This series is highly recommended. The combat accounts are detailed; the matching of Allied and Japanese pilots involved is fascinating; and the reckoning of actual losses on each side versus claims is revealing." ~Air Power History
"Weaving together narrative and primary sources, Claringbould sheds light on the collective experience of war in the Pacific." ~The Northern Mariner
"Highly recommended." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"The multitude of photographs and excellent color drawings are top-notch and can be used as reference for modelers building planes of this period." ~IPMS/USA
"The aircraft profiles offer up their usual excellence, detailing the differences in markings over both sides' basic paint jobs. Plenty of camouflage schemes for the modeler and miniature painter." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"...very well researched volume presenting the aerial actions of both sides giving us a balanced perspective of the events in the Solomon Islands. […] This book is a welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in the Pacific War." ~Scale Military Modelling
"Even if you have just a passing interest in the pacific air war, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of this book." ~Large Scale Planes
"...a fantastic addition to the series and it continues to show the high standard that the author and Avonmore books use to produce a well researched and concise volume in a series that should grace all South Pacific World War Two historian’s shelves. " ~ARGunners.com
"...[the author] has with his succinct writing, very clear maps, accurate orders of battle, and excellent paintings provided the reader with a particularly accurate and informative account of the vital Solomons campaign." ~Baird Maritime