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Rudee37
04-15-2004, 08:32 PM
I just finished reading the most incredible book on the Japanese Zero figher in the Pacific war. The book is called "Zero". Here is link: http://www.historyofmilitary.com/Zero_0743444914.html

Anyway, I'm not a person who reads a lot of books, but I just couldn't put this book down. "Zero" is the story of Japans greatest figher plane, told by the men who knew it best. You'll read about the amazing missions of Saburo Sakai (Japans leading surving figher ace(66 Allied kills).

I learned that some of the most important battles of the Pacific War were the Coral Sea Battle, the Battle of Midway, Battle of Santa Cruz, as well as the air battles in the Solomans and Rabaul areas. I will be surely disappointed if Pacific Fighters doesn't include these legendary campaigns, as these crucial air battles were the turning point of the entire Pacific war.

The authors of the book "Zero" were some of the actual pilots who fought against the Americans during the Pacific campaigns. According to them on the first US aircraft to give the Zero aircraft problems was the P-38 at higher altitudes, then the F4U Corsair became a devasting killer, however, the Grumman F6F Hellcat was responsible for downing more Zero fighers than any other aircraft. According to the Japanese flyers, the Hellcat could keep up or surpass the maneuverable zero in all aspects, and had devasting firepower. Anyway, I highly recommend you read this fascinating book prior to the games release.

[This message was edited by Rudee37 on Thu April 15 2004 at 07:50 PM.]

Rudee37
04-15-2004, 08:32 PM
I just finished reading the most incredible book on the Japanese Zero figher in the Pacific war. The book is called "Zero". Here is link: http://www.historyofmilitary.com/Zero_0743444914.html

Anyway, I'm not a person who reads a lot of books, but I just couldn't put this book down. "Zero" is the story of Japans greatest figher plane, told by the men who knew it best. You'll read about the amazing missions of Saburo Sakai (Japans leading surving figher ace(66 Allied kills).

I learned that some of the most important battles of the Pacific War were the Coral Sea Battle, the Battle of Midway, Battle of Santa Cruz, as well as the air battles in the Solomans and Rabaul areas. I will be surely disappointed if Pacific Fighters doesn't include these legendary campaigns, as these crucial air battles were the turning point of the entire Pacific war.

The authors of the book "Zero" were some of the actual pilots who fought against the Americans during the Pacific campaigns. According to them on the first US aircraft to give the Zero aircraft problems was the P-38 at higher altitudes, then the F4U Corsair became a devasting killer, however, the Grumman F6F Hellcat was responsible for downing more Zero fighers than any other aircraft. According to the Japanese flyers, the Hellcat could keep up or surpass the maneuverable zero in all aspects, and had devasting firepower. Anyway, I highly recommend you read this fascinating book prior to the games release.

[This message was edited by Rudee37 on Thu April 15 2004 at 07:50 PM.]

heywooood
04-15-2004, 09:45 PM
Luthier ? ..
Will the Rabaul area be represented?
I have wondered about this what with that
nasty ugly Corsair being included in PF.

Rudee37
04-16-2004, 03:44 PM
Bump ^^

DONB3397
04-16-2004, 06:31 PM
Rudee37, you're right about this book. I read it some time ago, and it covers more than the history of the Zero; it documents the Japanese air strategy from the early consecutive victories, to the last days of the war...from the Japanese perspective.

From several threads, it seems clear that Luthier and his team have researched each of the air-sea battles you mentioned. Although it looks like we'll get only selected regions/maps(19), I suspect they will be constructed with the major battle areas in mind. As I understand it, the sim engine (and average PC) won't be able to manage a single all-Solomons area map with features, buildings, quays, etc.

In any case, the PTO probably had enough battle fronts to keep us busy for a while.

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Alyssa1127
04-17-2004, 03:13 PM
I agree, although 'Samurai' still tops my best list. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Either of the two are excellent reads into the Zero and those who flew them.

Rudee37
04-17-2004, 05:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alyssa1127:
I agree, although 'Samurai' still tops my best list. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Either of the two are excellent reads into the Zero and those who flew them.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yup, Samurai was great as well.