The Pacific War: The U.S. Navy
A Website Created by Tim Lanzendörfer

"Those who forget the past are condemned to relive it"
Website Motto, by George Santayana







Contributors Wanted!

Recent Updates:
11/10/2003: Uploaded a new Battle to the Battles Section.
20/03/2003: Uploaded a new Personal account to the Personal Section.
01/10/2002: Uploaded a new aircraft description to the Aviation Section.
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The Road to War
The reason for it all. Includes the whys, the hows, the whens, and an overview over the histories of the U.S. and Japan from 1853 to 1945
Dreadnoughts to Greyhounds: Ships of the U.S. Navy
From the huge battlewagons down to the little amphibious support craft, from aircraft carriers to submarines: there was no kind of vessels not used in the Pacific War.

The Codebreakers: Intelligence Operations
Codebreaking meant the difference between guessing at the enemy's plans and guessing at them in an educated manner. Nothing contributed so much with so little demand.

Author: Philip H. Jacobsen

Brown-Shoe Navy: Planes, Pilots, Squadrons
The U.S. Navy relied heavily on its air units to win the war in the Pacific.

Contributor: Jack McKillop

Images of War: Pictoral Histories
For the better understanding of the physical carnage: shots of the damage incurred by U.S. ships, and other notable series.

King's Lieutenants: The Commanders
Who were they?? Someone had to lead the Navy... these people did, some with more, some with less success!

Memories of War: Personal Histories
For the better understanding of the human dimension: memoirs, letters, other stuff. Contributions to this section are especially welcome.
Thunder of the Guns: Pacific War Battles 
In the four years of war that made up the Pacific War, many battles were fought -- many were won, many were lost, but all are mentioned here.

Contributors: Vincent P. O'Hara, Philip H. Jacobsen
Statistics: Orders of Battle, Tables, Action Reports 
Probably essential as well: how else do you compare strengths and evaluate weaknesses?

Homes in War: Fleet Bases and Anchorages 
When the Navy returned from battle, it found many hospitable places among the shores of the Pacific. Small anchorages; large elaborate bases; mudholes and cemented cities -- all kinds of bases.

Contributors: Frank Pierce Young, Jack McKillop

Pacific War Library
The bibliography used to complete this site up to its current state and a complete Pacific War bibliography; book-o-graphical links to other websites...those who sell and search books!
The Navy's Swords: Armament of the Fleet 
To get to the thunder of the guns, one first has to have guns. How these looked in the U.S. Navy? Well...I don't know...wait, I *do*!
The Pacific War Website: FAQ, Sitemap, Feedback, Updates, Forthcoming, Tips 
Just a bit of formality...but visiting the tips section gives you a start and visiting the Updates section gives you an overview.
Eyes in the Dark: Electronic Equipment 
Sonars and Radars were as important as guns were in the fight for the Pacific, because you can't shoot what you don't see. And the U.S. came up with some very elaborate systems.
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