Operation I-Go

Yamamoto's Last Offensive - New Guinea and the Solomons April 1943

Michael Claringbould

Operation I-Go was Admiral Yamamoto's last offensive, using a powerful assembly of hundreds of aircraft that threatened to overwhelm Allied defences in four key South Pacific locations in April 1943.
Publication date:
July 2020
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
fully illustrated; colour
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9780648665946

Dimensions : 250 X 176 mm
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Overview
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• Operation I-Go was Admiral Yamamoto's last offensive, using a powerful assembly of hundreds of aircraft that threatened to overwhelm Allied defences in four key South Pacific locations in April 1943

In early 1943 Japanese forces in the South Pacific had suffered three key strategic setbacks at Guadalcanal, Kokoda and the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. However Japanese strength in the theatre was far from spent, and the commander of the IJN Combined Fleet Admiral Yamamoto sensed an opportunity.

By temporarily bolstering his air force at Rabaul with carrier-based airpower, Yamamoto assembled a strike force of hundreds of aircraft. With these he planned to overwhelm Allied defences in a multi-day blitz against four crucial locations. Named Operation I-Go, it would be the largest IJN air operation ever launched in the region.

The odds favoured the plan, but by 1943 I-Go was a huge gamble. Would it strike a body blow and give the Allies reason to pause their advance? Or would it cause irrecoverable wastage of IJN offensive air power?

The results of I-Go were surprising, although it only achieved a fraction of what the Japanese claimed. The greatest irony was that it led to the death of its architect, Yamamoto.

This is the first detailed account of I-Go written with reference to both Japanese and Allied sources, and it surely sets a new historical benchmark for this key chapter of the Pacific War.

REVIEWS

From our vantage, Operation I-Go is the pick of this fine litter. Readers can't go wrong with any of these new books from Avonmore, but this one is likely to better stand the test of time.
Stone and Stone

It explores elements of the operation in detail, with reference to individual's accounts and experiences, plus support from period photos plus a selection of detailed maps, diagrams and tables containing orders of battle. Of interest to modellers, 58 colour profiles depict a variety of Allied and Japanese aircraft type involved in the operation.
Airfix Model World

The aircraft profiles are top notch and the appendices concise. All in all, another excellent book on the Pacific air war.
Classic Wings

For the gamer, it's a nice encapsulation that would make for an interesting campaign game, and both modelers and miniature gamers alike would enjoy the color camouflage schemes.
Misc US Reviewer