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Aircraft carriers: books - history, types and technology

A book on aircraft carriers? Here are books on the history, types and technology of aircraft carriers.

The Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Carriers of the World

This is a complete guide to aircraft carriers, from zeppelin and seaplane carriers to V/STOL and nuclear-powered carriers. It examines the evolution of the aircraft carrier, from the first flights from ships in World War I, developments during the inter-war years and World War II battles such as Pearl Harbor, through to modern carriers used in the Falklands.
It is a comprehensive country-by-country directory of all the major aircraft carriers, with expert text describing each vessel's construction, appearance, function and history.

It features over 500 photographs illustrating each type. Specification boxes provide information about country of origin, the company that built the carrier, construction and completion dates, displacement, dimensions, types of aircraft carried, armament, power and performance.
This impressive encyclopedia is both a fascinating history of the aircraft carrier's development and a comprehensive visual directory of more than 170 of the world's aviation ships over nearly a century.

Each entry is accompanied by a specification panel, and all the carriers are accompanied by identification photographs, many of which have never previously been published together in one volume.
With magnificent illustrations and up-to-date information, this book provides both enthusiasts and historians with key information about the world's aircraft carriers, and is an essential reference for everyone interested in naval aviation.

Author:Bernard Ireland
Specs:256 pages, 28 x 22 x 1.6 cm / 11 x 8.7 x 0.63 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Anness Publishing (GB, 2012)
Book: The Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Carriers of the World

The Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Carriers of the World

Language: English

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Histoire mondiale des porte-avions, des origines à nos jours

Plate-forme auxiliaire pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, le porte-avions conquiert le rang de Capital Ship durant la Seconde Guerre en donnant à l'arme aérienne mobilité et permanence sur un théâtre éloigné des bases terrestres.
Son impact sur les relations internationales devient considérable par sa capacité de frappe conventionnelle ou nucléaire sur les franges littorales où se concentre l'essentiel de l'activité humaine.
Avec le sous-marin, le porte-avions est le système d'arme naval qui, par son ingérence ou sa présence, peut influencer les décideurs et les événements. Outil de gesticulation diplomatique et militaire, le porte-avions porte ou suspend la violence, pour imposer, depuis la mer, une volonté à la terre. Symbole de puissance, il est, par essence, l'émanation d'une nation, de ses compétences techniques et de sa richesse économique.

Illustré par de nombreux documents inédits, cette seconde édition totalement mise à jour est la seule synthèse publiée en français sur l'histoire technique, politique et opérationnelle des porte-avions dans le monde.

Author:Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix
Specs:240 pages, 30 x 25 x 2.3 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 x 0.91 in, paperback
Illustrations:650 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2022)
Book: Histoire mondiale des porte-avions, des origines à nos jours

Histoire mondiale des porte-avions, des origines à nos jours

Language: French

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Carriers at War 1939-1945

The author begins this book by tracing aircraft carrier development between the Wars and describing their revolutionary but uneven introduction into the leading navies of the world. Eschewed by the Germans and Italians and, with Britain squandering her early lead, the Americans and Japanese quickly became front runners.

The Royal Navy learnt the hard way in the early stages of the Second World War with the losses of HMS Courageous and Glorious. However successes at Taranto and Matapan confirmed the strategic and tactical value of carriers. The role of carrier-borne aircraft in the demise of Bismarck effectively signalled the end of the Battleship era.
Stung by such catastrophic losses from Japanese aircraft at Pearl Harbour, the Americans threw their full industrial might behind the carrier building programme and the ensuing naval war in the Pacific (Guadalcanal, East Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz, Midway and Leyte Gulf) revolved round carrier-borne aircraft. Meanwhile the carrier became pivotal in protecting vital convoys in the Atlantic, Arctic and Mediterranean.

In this informative and interesting analysis of sea power in war, the author, a respected military, naval and aviation historian, backs his arguments and enlivens the narrative with copious and stirring accounts of historic naval and air actions.

Author:Adrian Stewart
Specs:228 pages, 24 x 16 x 2.5 cm / 9 x 6.3 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:16 pages b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2013)
Book: Carriers at War 1939-1945

Carriers at War 1939-1945

Language: English

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