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Title: The Ghost of the Java Coast (Saga of the U.S.S. Houston). [First edition].
Description: Satellite Beach, Florida, Walter G. Winslow, 1974. 8. Original cloth. Ti.-p. with large circular monochrome device. (xv), 184pp. Introduction by Admiral T.H. Moorer, with monochrome portrait, Captioned monochrome illustrations, incl. portraits, on 16 photo-plates, featuring warships of the Allied Striking Force (Dutch, English and U.S. Navy operating in the Dutch East Indies waters at the beginning of the Pacific war, 1942), military aeroplanes and portraits of high ranking naval officers, appendices (list of ships U.S. Asiatic Fleet, Name-list of crew U.S.S. Houston, Official reports Battle of the Java Sea, Biography and sources), map of war theatre on endpapers, list of illustrations, table of contents. Privately published detailed and well documented narrative report about the USS Houston, nicknamed the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast, was a Northampton-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy. After the outbreak of the Pacific war 1942, Houston used ABDA command, a string force of dutch, british and U.S. navy ships, the Allied Striking Force. She took-up the Timor convoy and joined the Battle of Makassar Strait, the bettle of the Java Sea and finally the battle of Sunda Strait where she was sunk by japanese descroyers and torpedoes, after a fierce onslaught with the japanese invasion fleet on 28 February 1942. Very fine copy, NO DUSTJACKET.

Keywords: pacificwar uss houston navy history engagements seabattles abdacommand strikingforce makassarstrait javasea undastrait history japanesefleet invasion colonialism kareldoorman thomashart indonesia sea

Price: EUR 85.00 = appr. US$ 92.38 Seller: Antiquarian Booksellers Gemilang
- Book number: 55875