Title: USS Ranger: The Navy's First Flattop from ...
Publisher: Brassey's, Dulles VA
Publication Date: 2003
Illustrator: Photo Illus in b&w
Book Condition: Almost Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Military
Book has thin remainder mark on bottom paper edges. 451pp with Index. Green cloth. Stated 1st Ed. with complete number line. Firm corners. No internal notes, names or markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover ($39.95). Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 15376
Synopsis: The USS Ranger (CV-4) was the U.S. Navy?s first aircraft carrier to be built assuch from the keel up. The RANGER helped maintain the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration?s Good Neighbor Policy, served as a platform for the development of new methods for the operation of carriers and carrier aircraft, continued the Navy?s work in cold-weather flight operations, pioneered director-controlled antiaircraft fire, and trained many naval aviators. During World War II, the Ranger occupied center stage in Operation Torch (against the Vichy French positions in North Africa in 1942) and Operation Leader (against German shipping in 1943), which was the Navy?s only carrier operation above the Arctic Circle during the war. In both instances, the ship?s air group faced the requirement to hit legitimate military targets while minimizing civilian casualties, a problem the United States would confront again in later conflicts. Robert J. Cressman?s emphasis on the human element in both peace and war reinforces his observation that carriers, like people, have multifaceted personalities, represented by not only the ship and its company but also the air group for which it serves as a home.
From the Publisher: Life on board one of the Navy’s seagoing cities in peace and war
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