Literature / The Sixth Battle

1992 novel by Barrett Tillmann, an American historian who had earlier wrote Warriors (about a Middle East air war) and co-authored a history of carrier aviation in The Vietnam War.

Arguably the first Make the Bear Angry Again novel, the story involves a war fought between South Africa and its neighbouring states with aid from the Union of Eurasian Republics, a somewhat reconstituted USSR.

Focussing on the crew of a fictional Forrestal-class carrier, USS Langley as it takes part in the war, it's an astonishing well-researched book. Langley must survive against five Eurasian carriers. It's actually sunk, but the surviving air wing gets to land before it happens, where they help force a stalemate.

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