Avonmore Books | Solomons Air War: Volume 1

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Avonmore Books
Author: Michael John Claringbould
Publishing Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-0-6452469-4-0
Pages: 124

A new series from Avonmore, and one that I strongly suspect will be very well received, is this lok at the Solomons air war. A nice addition to those with a passion for this theater of operations during WW II. This first volume of the Solomons Air War chronicles aerial warfare in the opening phase of the war in the Solomons Islands theater, being the critical period of August-September 1942.

This particular book (Volume Nine in the series), depicts some of the more rather well known Pacific combatants, specifically the legendary Lockheed F4F Wildcat and A6M Zero, and it’s chock full of representative material; plenty of ground shots, variations in painting schemes, as well as showing the incredible wear on the finishes of these Pacific birds, as well as (naturally enough) plenty of color profile drawings.

This work, being dedicated once again to the South Pacific (1942 time-frame) arena, and specifically the Solomon islands, offers up some worthwhile coverage of quite a few aircraft in that theater; a great wealth of information to add for those that seek information regarding these types of aircraft working from those environments.

By now I've learned to truly respect this author, as his research and attention to details and dates, is truly worthwhile.

Typical Photo/Illustration Quality to be Found Throughout

To me, the high point of this volume, is the overall appeal of the subject matter, combined with numerous interesting facts about the campaigns in the Pacific, all packaged in a smooth, attractive presentation.

I'll have to say that, to me, this book is very good value, given the overall intensity of the content.

Even if you have just a passing interest in the pacific air war, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of this book and you may just become a fan, as I most certainly am.

(Not a selling point, as such, but the cover has a nice tactile "feel" to it, reflecting, in my opinion, a dedication to overall quality of presentation that I very much like.)

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it.

Well-written, easy to comprehend, and informative. It is an excellent source for the Pacific air war enthusiast.

My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Many thanks to Casemate, it's truly an outstanding reference book for the Pacific theater of war in general, really top-notch stuff.

© Kevin Williams 2023

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This review was published on Tuesday, November 07 2023; Last modified on Saturday, November 11 2023