Covering every major warship type from the American ironclads of the 1860s through today's super-sophisticated aircraft carriers, this fact-filled directory describes more than 200 fighting vessels, providing technical specifications along with development and service histories. Intricately detailed full-color drawings vividly bring the warships to life, while contemporary photographs depict the vessels at sea and in combat.
This volume presents an illustrated overview of the major battleships of World War II. It includes armament and armour, full technical specifications where known, date of construction, service and engagement record and ultimate fate.
World War II inspired the invention of weapons the likes the world had never seen before. Witness the technology and battle-zone achievements of such groundbreaking tanks as German Tigers and Panthers, Russian T-34s, and American M3s. Superb aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the British Hurricane and Spitfire, the American Mustang and B-17, and the Japanese Aichi Val and Zero. Mighty battleships like the Bismarck, aircraft carriers like the Yorktown, and lethal undersea submarines. All of these and many more are described in dramatic detail and illustrated in stunning photos, color artwork, and maps.
Amphibious warfare vessels are ships that travel from shore to shore, and craft moving from ship to shore. This comprehensive visual directory features a guide to landing ships and craft, with specification boxes providing information on country of origin
This persuasive study attacks the key myths surrounding the Battle of Britain to revise the relative status of maritime and aviation factors in the defense of Britain. Without denigrating the heroism of the fighter pilots, Anthony Cumming challenges the effectiveness of the Royal Air Force in 1940 and gives the Royal Navy much greater prominence than others have. He vigorously asserts the ability of British warships to frustrate German plans for Operation Sea Lion and to repel Luftwaffe attacks. The author argues that the RAF took the lion s share of the glory only because its colorful image could easily be used to manipulate American opinion. Cumming contends that the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain should celebrate the contributions of the many rather than focusing on the pilot elite, an assertion certain to provoke discussion.