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The United States Navy won such overwhelming victories in 1944 that, had the navy faced a different enemy, the war would have been over at the conclusion of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. However, in the moment of victory on 25 October 1944, the US Navy found itself confronting an enemy that had been inconceivable until it appeared. The kamikaze, 'divine wind' in Japanese, was something Americans were totally unprepared for; a violation of every belief held in the West. The attacks were terrifying: regardless of the damage inflicted on an attacking airplane, there was no certainty of safety aboard the ship until that airplane was completely destroyed. Based on first-person accounts, Tidal Wave is the story of the naval campaigns in the Pacific from the victory at Leyte Gulf to the end of the war, in which the US Navy would fight harder for survival than ever before.
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CHAPTER ONE: The Final Battle CHAPTER TWO: October 25, 1944 CHAPTER THREE: The Big Blue Blanket CHAPTER FOUR: Halsey's Typhoons CHAPTER FIVE: The Forgotten Fleet CHAPTER SIX: Tokyo CHAPTER SEVEN: Iwo Jima CHAPTER EIGHT: Prelude to Okinawa CHAPTER NINE: The Fleet that Came to Stay CHAPTER TEN: The Murderous Month of May CHAPTER ELEVEN: Admiral Nimitz Writes a Letter CHAPTER TWELVE: Finale CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Gyokusen Bibliography Index

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A vivid narrative history of the final stages of the Pacific War, as the US Navy began to slowly approach the Japanese home islands against fearsome opposition, notably from the suicidal Japanese airmen: the kamikaze.

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Thomas McKelvey Cleaver is the author of the well-received and best-selling Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15, a history of the US Navy's top-scoring carrier air group in World War II, published by Casemate. He is additionally the author of F4F and F6F Aces of VF-2 published by Osprey, and also the author of Pacific Thunder, a history of the first year of the fast carrier offensive in the Pacific War, was published by Osprey in 2017. He lives in Encino, California, USA.

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