Book Review-‘Seven at Santa Cruz’ by T. Edwards

By Eric Grove, published December 2020


A book with the subtitle ‘The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’ might seem an odd one for The Mariner’s Mirror but nothing can be further from the truth. During the twentieth century, the air dimension of maritime operations grew to be of central importance. Understanding the aviation dimension has become key to researching what actually happened, and why, in key naval engagements. Ted Edwards is an oral historian but his work with other sources demonstrates the method-ological problems of fully understanding a carrier engagement. He explains how one has to integrate the memories of aircrew with other sources. All of these have axes to grind and the author seems well assured in understanding the context that made (and sometimes distorted) the official story…

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Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Naval Aviation

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