I guess ghiven the nature of this forum we are gonna speak aboput what we are rrading on the pacific! Whne I got WiTP AE last year I didn't know much about the pacific theatre, so i set about a little library - this is what i have so far.... suggestions would be great - so excellent ones so far.
Pacific War Atlas - Ian Smurthwaite National Army Museum - a real gem for the uninitiated, well written and lots of fab maps.
The Pacific War 1941-45, John Costello. Hmmm comprehensive but so anti-Brit that I found it hard to read without getting all patriotic and irritated...(although criticisms are probably justified in many cases)
Eagle Against the Sun, Ronald Spector - excellent (a few phrases that are pure WiTh in here - must have been read by designers1)
Burma: the longest war 1941-45 - Louis Allen. This is a beautifully written book and a must on CBI - a fabulous account.
The Unforgettable Army: Slim's XIV Army in Burma. Michael Hickey. Not so well written but a lot of detail.
The aforementioned Sunburst by Mark Peattie - a really excellent academic study of the rise of Japanese naval air power. I'd like to read more Peattie.
Allies Against the Rising Sun: Nicholas Sarantakes - a much more blanaced and thoughtful account than Costello of the often fractious relationship between Britain, Aus, NZ and the US - with an excellent section on the joint BPF and USN ops in 1945.
I had the forty books on the Japanese, US and British armies - which are useful reference, as are a couple of volumes of Conways All the World Warships covering the period 1906-1952.
I would like some good accounts of the PNG, Solomons and Island hopping campaigns and the war in China - thoughts?