Origins of the campaign/ Chronology/ Opposing commanders/ Opposing armies/ Orders of battle/ Opposing plans/ The campaign/ Aftermath/ The battlefields today/ Further reading/ Index
A highly illustrated study of the battle of the Java Sea, a key Japanese victory in their advance throughout Southeast Asia.
Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) spent his naval career as in intelligence officer serving on the Joint Staff, the faculty of the Naval War College, and in the ship's company of two aircraft carriers. He recently retired from government service after a total of 39 years in the intelligence community and now lives in Annapolis, Maryland. He is the author of over 40 Osprey titles, focusing on the naval history of the Pacific War. Jim Laurier attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974 to 1978, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. He is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire.
Java Sea 1942 is a coherent account of these early naval battles. He includes many photographs of the ships and commanders. The book has several "in action" colour plates depicting the agony of Second World War naval combat. Most useful are the charts included showing the ships' movements during the battles. This adds clarity to the narrative and enables the reader to grasp what took place. Stille, a retired USN Commander is unsparing in his evaluations. - The Northern Mariner