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Wrecks of Micronesia - Truk Lagoon
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|On 17 and 18 February 1944, an American task force virtually wiped out the effectivenss of the huge Japanese base at Truk Lagoon, in Micronesia, western Pacific. The effectiveness of the attack has been documented in numerous war histories - what is of great interest to divers is the huge number of accessible shipwrecks, mny within reasonable sportdiving limits, some fifty of them all up. Truk Lagoon has attracted thousands of divers from all over the world to this magnificent atoll, one of the biggest in the world.|
Operations against Palau by Carrier Task Force 58, on 30 ans 31 March 1944, and the shipwrecks of World War Two.
Pacific Prss Publication, Belleville, MI, USA. 1988. ISBN 981-00-2969-1.
Hardcover, laminated board covers, A4 size, 372 pages, mono and colour prints, many line drawings, index.
Covers the history of the attacks on the Japanese fleet on Palau. Describes twenty-two wrecks in minute detail that is typical of Klaus Lindemann's excellent observation and writing. A very impressive publication; a superb diver's guide. [ps]
Althought out of print, softcover edition available from Oceans Enterprises.
GUIDE TO THE TRUK LAGOON
Phillip Rosenberg and Clark Graham.
Self published, 1978.
Small softcover, saddle-stiched book, 56 pages, bibliography, colour images with ship silhouettes.
Covers twenty-six ships and aircraft, with brief description of the ship or aircraft, and a description of how the wreck lies now. A very handy book and no dounbt the first of several books published by a number of authors on Truk Lagoon.
FLEET OF THE TRUK LAGOON.
William H. Stewart.
First published in 1986, this recent printing is the sixth so far, so the book is obviously well accepted as an historic text on what happened at Truk Lagoon during World War 2 during Operaton Hailstorm. Although there are some underwater photographs, the book is predominantly historic, and covers the Japanese occupation of the islands through to their demise at the hands of the US Navy.
Softcover, many mono photographs, some colour, charts, drawings, 132 pages.
Currently in print. Available from Oceans Enterprises.
Philip Alan Rosenberg.
Self-published, softbound, 102 pages. Date? Circa 1970s ?
Excellent underwater color photographs of 50 Japanese transports, sunk at Truk by U.S. forces in February and May, 1944, with narrative in English and Japanese. Wrecks for the most part unacavenged at the time of photographer's visit.
OVER TRUK LAGOON
Klaus P. Lindemann.
There has been three separate porintings of the book.
They were, and still are, the definitive work on the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, so detailed that on the several occasions that I have dived Truk, I did not update my normal log book, but instead, simply underlined and dated what I had seen and read in a softcover of the first edition. His powers of observation were remarkable, and his ability to write about what he saw and expereinced has left a legacy that will not diminish with time. The history of Operation Hailstorm, the American task force tht laid waste these ships and aircraft on 17 and 18 February 1944 is equaly well documented, providing a wonderful historical record.
First edition: Maruzen Asia Pty Ltd, Singapore, 1882. ISBN 962 220 116 4. Hardcover cloth boards, also softcover, 160 x 240 mm, 370 pages, mono and colour prints, ship's silhouettes, index. (Cover left with stylized Japanese flag).
WAR 2 WRECKS OF THE TRUK LAGOON.
Dan E. Bailey.
North Valley Diver Publications.
Hardcover (laminated boards), A4 size, 518 pages, many colour and mono prints, charts and diagrams. It has been a long time in coming, and the wait worth every minute. This is a superb book, the finest presentation of a war/wreck history that I have seen; exceptionally well researched and equally well presented. The book contains four specific sections, and appendicies. Section One covers Truk (or Chuuk as it is now); section two follows on with the Japanese occupation of the islands. Then we have the extensive coverage of the US air campaign against Truk, Operation Hailstorm predominantly. The final section, over 227 pages, describes no less than fifty-two ship wrecks and five aircraft wrecks in exceptional detail and clarity, complete with site diagrams and photographs. Nothing has been spared in the quality of the production, with the use of semi-gloss art paper giving crisp photographs. Where the wreck site extends the boundaries of recreational sport diving, the author recommends advanced technical diving requirements. This book is a must for anyone who has been to Truk, is going to Truk, or is simply interested in the war history of the Pacific. It holds its own in the descriptions of the wrecks, the standard being set by Klaus Lindemann in the eighties.
Still in print. Available through Oceans Enterprises.
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