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Stuntie
05-20-2004, 12:56 PM
Anybody read any good books or seen any good movies?

Care to share the details?

My top picks are:

Tom Blackburn "The Jolly Rogers"
The story of VF-17 The Jolly Rogers who flew Corsairs.
Great book well recommended.

Gregory Boyington "Baa Baa Black Sheep"
The story of 'pappy' boyington and VMF-214, also a corsair unit.
Once again a great book about a great squadron.

Saburo Sakai "Samurai"
See the war from the view of one the leading Japanese pilots.
If you haven'r read it - do.

Craig Nelson "The First heroes"
About the Doolittle raid.
Very informative and full of good stuff.


Osprey Combat Aircraft and Aircraft of the Aces
Two series of books covering loads of the plannes including: Wildcat, Hellcat, Corsair, Dauntless, Avenger, Helldiver etc. And various books on japanese navy and air force aces.

Video - 'Flying Leathernecks'
John Wayne getting macho in a corsair. Good stuff.

Tora Tora Tora and Midway.
The two classics.

Ok folks, over to you...

Cheers.
Stuntie

Stuntie
05-20-2004, 12:56 PM
Anybody read any good books or seen any good movies?

Care to share the details?

My top picks are:

Tom Blackburn "The Jolly Rogers"
The story of VF-17 The Jolly Rogers who flew Corsairs.
Great book well recommended.

Gregory Boyington "Baa Baa Black Sheep"
The story of 'pappy' boyington and VMF-214, also a corsair unit.
Once again a great book about a great squadron.

Saburo Sakai "Samurai"
See the war from the view of one the leading Japanese pilots.
If you haven'r read it - do.

Craig Nelson "The First heroes"
About the Doolittle raid.
Very informative and full of good stuff.


Osprey Combat Aircraft and Aircraft of the Aces
Two series of books covering loads of the plannes including: Wildcat, Hellcat, Corsair, Dauntless, Avenger, Helldiver etc. And various books on japanese navy and air force aces.

Video - 'Flying Leathernecks'
John Wayne getting macho in a corsair. Good stuff.

Tora Tora Tora and Midway.
The two classics.

Ok folks, over to you...

Cheers.
Stuntie

bhunter2112
05-20-2004, 04:19 PM
John Toland's Pulitzer prize winning book (1970)Rising sun,the decline and fall of the japanese empire 1936-45. 900 pages, a very good read. I also collect the Osprey series "aircraft of the aces" I am drooling for PF and BOB!

DStrong86
05-20-2004, 10:20 PM
Stuntie -

That question of Pacific books was asked early on, so here's a partial list of books for Pacific (Naval WW2 and Burma, China).
A few of the Burma are by British authors. For a list of books by UK or Canadian authors, you should go to Amazon.com within UK and Canada.

You can also check these forum threads:

Pacific War book recommendations?
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=26310365&m=167106163&p=1

Burma, PTO or NO?
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=26310365&m=747102583&p=1

Two Essential Reference Books
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=26310365&m=556101223&p=1

Have Fun!!!

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Aces Against Japan American Aces Speak By Eric Hammel
America's Hundred Thousand: U.S. Production Fighters of World War II Francis H. Dean
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 William Manchester
Carrier Warfare in the Pacific: An Oral History Collection E.T. Wooldridge
Dauntless Helldivers by Harold L. Buell
Death March: The Survivors of Bataan Donald Knox
Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan Ronald Spector
Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers Frank Christopher (IV)
Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific Eric M. Bergerud
Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima Ron Powers
Fleet Tactics: Theory and Practice Wayne P., Jr. Hughes
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and the American Volunteer Group (Smithsonian History of Aviation) Daniel Ford
Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle Richard B. Frank
Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat Patrick K. O'Donnell
Into the Teeth of the Tiger by Donald S. Lopez
Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War Rene J. Francillon
Jolly Rogers by Tom Blackburn
Jungle Ace: Col. Gerald R. Johnson, the USAAF's Top Fighter Leader of the Pacific War John R. Bruning
Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story Mitsuo Fuchida
My Carrier War: The Life and Times of a Naval Aviator in WWII (Hellgate Memories Series,) Norman E. Berg
Once They Were Eagles: The Men of the Black Sheep Squadron Frank E. Walton
Orde Wingate: Irregular Soldier - Trevor Royle
Pacific Campaign: The U.S.-Japanese Naval War 1941-1945 Dan Van der Vat
Phoenix: Burma: The Longest War 1941-1945 - Louis Allen
Samurai! Martin Caiden
Sharks over China: The 23rd Fighter Group in World War II Carl Molesworth
Spearhead: A Complete History of Merrill's Marauder Rangers - James E. T. Hopkins
Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 Barbara W. Tuchman
The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II Donovan Webster
The First Hellcat Ace Hamilton, Iii McWhorter
The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 John B. Lundstrom
The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway John B. Lundstrom
The Navy W. J. Holland
The Pacific War John Costello
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 John Toland
The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War Samuel Eliot Morison
Utmost Savagery Col. Joseph Alexander
War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II Nathan Miller
Wingate and the Chindits: Redressing the Balance - David Rooney

matkal80
05-20-2004, 11:09 PM
I need help if anyone know the title of this pacific war movie i watched long time ago.

It was colour movie (like from 70-80) and it was about japanes pilots (navy or army) during war in Pacific (probably since Gaudalcanal campign where they were victorius to the philipines and kamikaze).
Movie was in original language like midway and tora tora tora.
Fighting scenes were rather ****, but nevertheless it had good atmospehere, where you could feel the morale in the unit droped as they were losing war.
Anyone know the title?

Fliger747
05-21-2004, 03:34 AM
Some great books have been listed! I have never counted the WWII and specifically Pacific books that I have or have read, but it must number near to a thousand. Lindstrom's books, starting with the "First team" must rate up towards the top with as detailed a history as can be written of that period, with individual aircraft and pilots detailed.

For anyone serious about the history of this period, the books published by the Naval Institute cannot be beat!

Cheers!

ELEM
05-21-2004, 08:48 AM
Best Japanese Anti-war film:-
Fires on the Plain

http://homepage.mac.com/dmhart/WarFilms/OldGuides/FiresOnPlain.html

I wouldn't join any club that would have ME as member!

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