Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan 1942-1945
Whirlwind is the only book to examine in depth the human drama behind the most important bombing campaign in history. While the air war against Nazi Germany has been covered in-depth by many books, Barrett Tillman, a renowned authority on military aircraft and the air war in the Pacific, is the first to tackle the air war against Japan.
For decades, historians and politicia...more
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The first is that the B-29, and its various predecessors were so relatively well armed because no long range fighter-escorts had been designed: "In short, the technological tail wagge ...more
Great naval battles like Midway and the Coral Sea deservedly have also been the subjects of considerable study. Much less has been said, though, of the men who flew the long, long B-29 missions ...more
He makes a half-hearted effort to integrate some accounts from the Japanese fliers involved, but it appears to have been mostly sourced from secon ...more
That was my judgement of this book by its cover. But it turned out to be a far breezier, and considerably more enjoyable, read than my prejudice predicted.
Tillman turns in a strong effort here, carefully balancing the big-picture view with plenty of individual-action anecdotes. Particularly noteworthy is how he is able to name specific B-29 and other airc ...more
The subject matter is extremely broad, encompassing both army and naval air forces, but it did feel a little too thin at times. Nonetheless, the author appears to have done his research work: most engagements have sortie/effectiv ...more
The air war against ...more
Tillman establishes a thorough look of all aspects of the Air campaign against Japan. He illustrates the horror or what the fire bombings were like, the development of the B-29, the poor treatment of POWs, unprepared civil defense of Japan, and the issues through & after the dropping of atomic bombs.
It is a COMPLETE look of the Pacific Air Campaign.