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Amphibious transport ships - U.S. Navy: books

A book on amphibious transport ships of the US Navy? Here are books on the history and technology of American landing craft, including the LST and LCI.

Landungsschiffe der U.S. Navy - seit 1939

Landungsschiffe haben heute einen festen Platz in der amerikanischen Flotte. Sie stehen als eigene Gattung zwischen den Kampf- und Hilfsschiffen. Allzu leicht vergisst man dabei, dass sie erst im Zweiten Weltkrieg eine derart hohe Bedeutung erlangten.

Das reich bebilderte Typenbuch von Wilhelm M. Donko bietet einen Überblick über diese vielfältige und variantenreiche Schiffskategorie, ohne die ein weltweites Sicherheitskonzept nicht durchsetzbar wäre.
Über 2000 Landungsschiffe der amerikanischen Marine werden detailliert nach Typen und Klassen aufgeführt. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf den etwa 600 "amphibischen Mutterschiffen" der U.S. Navy.

Author:Wilhelm Maximilian Donko
Specs:224 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2020)
Book: Landungsschiffe der U.S. Navy - seit 1939

Landungsschiffe der U.S. Navy - seit 1939

Language: German

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US Landing Craft of World War II (Vol. 1): The LCP(L), LCP(R), LCV, LCVP, LCS(L), LCM and LCI (Legends of Warfare)

No less than Dwight Eisenhower described Andrew Jackson Higgins as "the man who won the war for us," referring to the landing craft he perfected. Those craft, the WWII LCP(L), LCP(R), LCV, LCVP, LCM, and LCS(L), are presented in this volume (the first of two on US landing craft), along with the larger LCI (Landing Craft, Infantry). These vessels, built in the tens of thousands, formed the armada that put Allied troops ashore in North Africa, the Aleutians, and Normandy and across the Pacific.

Though many of these designs were initially planned as essentially disposable vessels, ultimately many of these continued to serve the nation's need through Vietnam. Some were even heavily laden with rocket launchers and used for close-in support for troops going ashore. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

Author:David Doyle
Specs:112 pages, 23.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 cm / 9.25 x 9.25 x 0.59 in, hardback
Illustrations:176 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2019)
Series:Legends of Warfare
Book: US Landing Craft of World War II (Vol. 1): The LCP(L), LCP(R), LCV, LCVP, LCS(L), LCM and LCI (Legends of Warfare)

US Landing Craft of World War II (Vol. 1): The LCP(L), LCP(R), LCV, LCVP, LCS(L), LCM and LCI

Language: English

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The Boat That Won the War : An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP

The Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel LCVP for short, or simply the Higgins boat to most of its users was one of the keystones of victory in the Second World War. Like the army s Jeep or the Air Force s C-47 transport, it served in almost every theatre of war, performing unglamorous but vital service in the Allied cause.

Derived from a humble workboat, the Higgins boatbuilding company designed a brilliantly simple craft that performed its role so well that over 23,000 of them were constructed indeed, a high proportion of all the troops landed on enemy beaches came ashore from LCVPs, an achievement that led General Eisenhower to describe it as the boat that won the war. As Eisenhower had more experience of major amphibious operations than any other commander, it is a judgment to be taken seriously.

This book combines the first in-depth history of the development and employment of the type, with a detailed description of its construction, machinery, performance and handling, based on the author's first-hand experience masterminding the restoration of a wartime example for his museum. Well illustrated with plans and photographs, it will be of interest to modelmakers and enthusiasts, both military and naval.

Author:Charles C. Roberts
Specs:136 pages, 24.5 x 17 cm / 9.7 x 6.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:120 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2017)
Book: The Boat That Won the War : An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP

The Boat That Won the War : An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP

Language: English

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Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Support (Osprey)

The Landing Craft, Infantry was a large beaching craft intended to deliver an infantry company to a hostile shore, once the beachhead was secured. The LCI and its vehicle-delivery counterpart, the Landing Ship, Medium were widely used by the allies during World War II. Later, the hulls of these ships were used as the basis for a fire support ship. While the landing ships were phased out after the Korean War, some fire support craft remained in use throughout the Vietnam War.

This book tells the developmental and operational history of this important tool of American amphibious military strategy that spanned three wars.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Operational History - Further Reading.

Author:Gordon L. Rottman
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2009)
Series:New Vanguard (157)
Book: Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Support (Osprey)

Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Support

Language: English

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American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II - A History of LCI Ships in the Pacific

As the United States began its campaign against numerous Japanese-held islands in the Pacific, Japanese tactics required them to develop new weapons and strategies.
One of the most crucial to the island assaults was a new group of amphibious gunboats that could deliver heavy fire close in to shore as American forces landed. These gunboats were also to prove important in the interdiction of inter-island barge traffic and, late in the war, the kamikaze threat.

Several variations of these gunboats were developed, based on the troop carrying LCI(L). They included three conversions of the LCI(L), with various combinations of guns, rockets and mortars, and a fourth gunboat, the LCS(L), based on the same hull but designed as a weapons platform from the beginning. By the end of the war the amphibious gunboats had proven their worth.

Author:Robin L. Rielly
Specs:408 pages, 25.5 x 18 x 2.8 cm / 10 x 7.1 x 1.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:183 photographs and drawings, 55 maps
Publisher:McFarland & Co Inc (USA, 2013)
Book: American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II - A History of LCI Ships in the Pacific

American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II - A History of LCI Ships in the Pacific

Language: English

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US Landing Craft of World War II (Vol. 2): The LCT, LSM, LCS(L)(3), AND LST (Legends of Warfare)

The need for massive numbers of landing craft capable of disgorging huge numbers of troops and equipment was predicted by the US Army in 1940. Later, the British army estimated that over 2,000 of such vessels would be required for the assault on Europe.

The US launched a building campaign to produce these seagoing craft, turning primarily to shipyards and manufacturers located along the American rivers. Ultimately many of these continued to serve the nation's need through Vietnam. Some were even heavily laden with rocket launchers and used for close-in support for troops going ashore.

This second of two volumes on American landing craft of World War II focuses on the larger LCT, LSM, LCS(L)(3), and LST vessels that transported tanks and heavy equipment to the shores of North Africa and Normandy and throughout the Pacific.

Author:David Doyle
Specs:128 pages, 23 x 23 x 1.9 cm / 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:188 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2020)
Series:Legends of Warfare
Book: US Landing Craft of World War II (Vol. 2): The LCT, LSM, LCS(L)(3), AND LST (Legends of Warfare)

US Landing Craft of World War II (Vol. 2): The LCT, LSM, LCS(L)(3), AND LST

Language: English

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Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002 (Osprey)

The Landing Ship Tank (LST) is one of the most famous of the many World War II amphibious warfare ships. Capable of discharging its cargo directly on to shore and extracting itself, the LST provided the backbone of all Allied landings between 1943 and 1945, notably during the D-Day invasion. Through its history, the LST saw service from late 1942 until late 2002, when the US Navy decommissioned the USS Frederick (LST-1184), the last ship of its type.

This book reveals the development and use of the LST, including its excellence beyond its initial design expectations.

Contents: Introduction - Design and development of the LST - Variants and users - Weapons and tactics - Operational history - Bibliography - Color plate commentary - Index.

Author:Gordon L. Rottman
Specs:56 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2005)
Series:New Vanguard (115)
Book: Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002 (Osprey)

Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002

Language: English

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US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944-45

US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944-45

Mark Stille

English | paperback | 80 p. | 2016

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