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Battleships of the World - Struggle for Naval Supremacy 1820-1945

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Description - The battleships of the world's navies in the 1820s were descended directly in line from the Revenge of 1577: they were wooden-built, sail-powered and mounted guns on the broadside, firing solid shot.

In the next half century, steel, steam and shells had wrought a transformation and by 1906, Dreadnought had ushered in a revolution in naval architecture. The naval race between Britain and Germany that followed, led to the clash of the navies at Jutland in 1916.
Though this was indecisive, the German navy never again challenged the Grand Fleet of Britain during the war, and eventually the crews refused to put to sea again.
Disarmament on a massive scale followed, but the battleship was still regarded as the arbiter of sea-power in the years between the wars.

However, the advocates of air power were looking to the future, and when in 1940 biplane Swordfish torpedo bombers of the Fleet Air Arm sank three Italian battleships at their moorings in Taranto, the Japanese sensed their opportunity. Their attack on the American Pacific fleet base at Pearl Harbor sank eight battleships - but the American carriers were at sea, and escaped destruction.

Given the distances involved, the Pacific war was necessarily a carrier war, and in the major actions of the Coral Sea, Midway, Leyte Gulf and the Philippine Sea, all the fighting was done by aircraft, with battleships reduced to a supporting role.
Soon after the war ended, most were sent for scrap, and a naval tradition had come to an end.

Présentation :128 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm, relié
Illustration :50 photos
Editeur :Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2016)
EAN :9781473871465
Livre : Battleships of the World - Struggle for Naval Supremacy 1820-1945

Battleships of the World - Struggle for Naval Supremacy 1820-1945

Langue : anglais

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Battleships: The First Big Guns - Rare photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

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Description - This addition to the Images of War series takes as its focus the early Big Gun battleships that saw development and deployment during the First World War. Iconic ships such as HMS Warspite and Malaya feature amidst this pictorial history that is sure to appeal to fans of the series, and naval enthusiasts in particular.

Vessels featured include the battleship Royal Sovereign, the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle, the cruiser HMS Gloucester, the Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Barham and the Italian battleships Littorio, Cesare, Duillo, Vittorio Veneto, Conte di Cavour and Doria, amongst many others. British and international battleships feature side by side in a publication that offers a truly representative selection of the kind of vessels in action at this time.

Présentation :192 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 1 cm, broché
Illustration :150 en N&B photos
Editeur :Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2014)
Série :Images of War
EAN :9781783462933
Livre : Battleships: The First Big Guns - Rare photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

Battleships: The First Big Guns - Rare photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

Langue : anglais

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Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery

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Description - This book does for naval anti-aircraft defence what the author's Naval Firepower did for surface gunnery - it makes a highly complex but historically crucial subject accessible to the layman.
It chronicles the growing aerial threat from its inception in the First World War and the response of each of the major navies down to the end of the Second, highlighting in particular the widely underestimated danger from dive-bombing.

Central to this discussion is an analysis of what effective AA fire-control required, and how well each navy's systems actually worked. It also takes in the weapons themselves, how they were placed on ships, and how this reflected the tactical concepts of naval AA defence.
As would be expected from any Friedman book, it offers striking insights - he argues, for example, that the Royal Navy, so often criticised for lack of 'air-mindedness', was actually the most alert to the threat, but that its systems were inadequate not because they were too primitive but because they tried to achieve too much.

The book summarises the experience of WW2, particularly in theatres where the aerial danger was greatest, and a concluding chapter looks at post-1945 developments that drew on wartime lessons.
All important guns, directors and electronics are represented in close-up photos and drawings, and lengthy appendices detail their technical data. It is, simply, another superb contribution to naval technical history by its leading exponent.

Présentation :399 pages, 29.5 x 25.5 x 3 cm, relié
Illustration :350 photos et dessins
Editeur :Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2014)
EAN :9781848321779
Livre : Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery

Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery

Langue : anglais

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Torpedo - The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

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Description - The torpedo was the greatest single game-changer in the history of naval warfare. For the first time it allowed any small, cheap torpedo-firing vessel - and by extension a small, minor navy - to threaten the largest and most powerful warships afloat. The traditional concept of seapower, based on huge fleets of expensive capital ships, required radical rethinking.
It had long been understood that the most effective way of sinking a ship is to make a hole below the waterline, but centuries of experiments had failed to produce an effective method of achieving this. After many false starts and developmental cul-de-sacs, the answer proved to be the 'locomotive' or self-propelled torpedo, which became a practical proposition in the late nineteenth century.

This book is a broad-ranging international history of the weapon, tracing not only its origins and technical progress down to the present day, but also its massive impact on all subsequent naval wars.
"Torpedo" is the first dedicated study of this highly significant subject for over thirty years, a period in which much new information has come to light and the capabilities of the weapon itself have improved beyond recognition. Because of the crucial importance of the torpedo in naval history, this is a book no enthusiast or historian can afford to miss.

Présentation :256 pages, 28.5 x 22 x 2.1 cm, relié
Illustration :200 photos et dessins
Editeur :Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2014)
EAN :9781848322158
Livre : Torpedo - The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

Torpedo - The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

Langue : anglais

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River Gunboats : An Illustrated Encyclopaedia

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Description - The first recorded engagement by a steam-powered warship took place on a river, when in 1824 the Honourable East India Company's gunboat Diana went into action on the Irrawaddy in Burma. In the 150 years that followed river gunboats played a significant part in over forty campaigns and individual actions, down to the Portuguese and American 'Brown Water' fighting in Africa and Vietnam respectively at the end of the twentieth century.
They proved to be the decisive factor in operations against the Maoris, with Gordon's Ever Victorious Army in China, during the river campaigns of the American Civil War, in the French conquest of Indochina, during Kitchener's advance on Khartoum, and on the Rufiji and Tigris during the Great War.

River gunboats fought for the Paris Commune, on the rivers of South America, against the Bolsheviks, and during the Second World War in the open waters of the Mediterranean, while armoured Soviet gunboats fought German Panzers, and a pair of 'Girls' attacked the Japanese on the banks of the Irrawaddy.

This lavishly illustrated encyclopaedia describes vessels of every nation designed as river gunboats, plus those converted river steamers which took part in combat. Maps of the river systems where they operated are included, together with narratives of the principal actions involving river gunboats. Their story is brought up-to-date with data on current riverine combat vessels in service today.

Présentation :336 pages, 29 x 24.5 cm, relié
Illustration :900 photos en N&B et couleurs
Editeur :Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2016)
EAN :9781848323650
Livre : River Gunboats : An Illustrated Encyclopaedia

River Gunboats : An Illustrated Encyclopaedia

Langue : anglais

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