British Destroyers 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781472816375
Release Date: 2017-04-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Destroyers 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB The Royal Navy entered World War II with a large but eclectic fleet of destroyers. Some of these were veterans of World War I, fit only for escort duties. Most though, had been built during the inter-war period, and were regarded as both reliable and versatile. Danger though lurked across the seas as new destroyers being built in Germany, Italy and Japan were larger and better armoured. So, until the new, larger Tribal-class destroyers could enter service, these vessels would have to hold the line. Used mainly to hunt submarines, protect convoys from aerial attack, and take out other destroyers, these ships served across the globe during the war. This fully illustrated study is the first in a two-part series on the real workhorses of the wartime Royal Navy, focusing on how these ageing ships took on the formidable navies of the Axis powers.


US Destroyers 1934 45

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ISBN: 9781780962863
Release Date: 2011-12-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Dave McComb
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online US Destroyers 1934 45 in PDF and EPUB Since the beginning of the 20th century, destroyers have been all-purpose ships, indispensable in roles large and small Â? from delivering the mail at sea to screening other vessels and, where larger ships were not present, forming the front line in battle. This title details the 169 ships of ten classes introduced in the 1930s: early 1,500-tonners and 1,850-ton destroyer leaders designed to conform to the 1930 London Naval Treaty, plus the successor 1,570-ton Sims class and 1,620and 1,630-ton Benson and Gleaves classes. In wartime, most 1,500-tonners and leaders initially saw front line duty in the Pacific but were relegated to secondary assignments as newer vessels arrived; while the later 1,620and 1,630-tonners became the standard destroyers of the Atlantic War. This volume reveals the fascinating design story behind these pioneering classes Â? from the constraints of peacetime treaties to advances in propulsion engineering, and wartime modifications. With an operational overview of their service and tables listing all ships by class, builder, and initial squadron, this is the definitive guide to the pre-war US destroyer classes.


German Destroyers 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781780966670
Release Date: 2012-04-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Gordon Williamson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online German Destroyers 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB The German destroyer fleet of World War II consisted of nine classes: the Diether Von Roeder Class, the Leberecht Maas Class and the wartime classes Z23, Z35, Z37, Z40, Z43, Z46 and Z52. These vessels, though fewer in number than the British destroyer fleet, tended to be much bigger and more powerful than their allied counterparts. They served their country well in operations in the Channel, North Sea, the Far North and in the rescue of civilians from East Prussia during the final days of the war. This title describes their design, development and operational use from the fjords of Narvik to the final days of the war.


British Light Cruisers 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781782003076
Release Date: 2012-10-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Light Cruisers 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB The light cruiser was a natural development of the sailing frigate Â? a fast multi-purpose warship that could patrol the sea lanes, protect convoys and scout for enemy battle fleets. By the inter-war period the need for this type of ship was even more important, given the increasing need for protection from aircraft, and the need to screen the fleet from submarines or destroyers. Wartime experience had shown that the British light cruiser was one of the most versatile types of ship in the Royal Navy, able to protect other warships, bombard enemy shores, guard life-saving convoys and intercept and destroy enemy warships. These were truly the workhorses of the wartime Royal Navy. While the battleships and carriers grabbed the headlines, these sleek, elegant warships quietly got on with the job of securing control of the seas.


British Heavy Cruisers 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781780964300
Release Date: 2012-05-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Heavy Cruisers 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB The idea of a heavy cruiser emerged in the aftermath of World War I, and was closely linked to the limits set by the inter-war Washington Naval Treaty. The pre-World War I concept of armoured cruisers had been abandoned, but in their stead the Admiralty saw a place for powerful cruisers, able to patrol the sea lanes of the British Empire, and which were well-armed enough that they could destroy enemy commerce cruisers. The result was a group of British warships, known as the 'Washington Treaty Cruisers', that did everything the Admiralty wanted, but which conformed to the limits imposed by the treaty. These impressive cruisers were high-sided, spacious and stately Â? perfect peacetime ambassadors for British power. In war they also packed a considerable punch. During World War II the Royal Navy's thirteen heavy cruisers saw service in every theatre of the war, whether facing the Bismarck in the North Atlantic or enduring kamikaze attacks in the Pacific.


British Destroyers 1892 1918

Filename: british-destroyers-1892-1918.pdf
ISBN: 9781849081191
Release Date: 2012-02-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Jim Crossley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Destroyers 1892 1918 in PDF and EPUB This book recounts the history of the first destroyers of the Royal Navy, which revolutionized the way war was fought at sea with new armaments and a great improvement on earlier designs. Moreover, between 1892, when the first destroyers were laid down, and 1918, destroyers evolved radically from 27-knot, 250-ton ships into 35-knot, 1,530-ton ships. All these ships were involved in some form during World War I; the smaller, original destroyers in an auxiliary support role and the newer, larger destroyers at some of the greatest sea battles of the war. This account highlights the role the destroyers played in the North Sea during the crucial battles to control the Heliogoland Bight, as well as the major fleet action at the battle of Jutland in 1916. Complete with a detailed description of the technical evolution of each class of destroyer from the 27-knotters to the Tribal and Marksman classes, Jim Crossley offers a complete overview of the vessels that helped to maintain Britain's naval supremacy.


German Destroyers 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781780966670
Release Date: 2012-04-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Gordon Williamson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online German Destroyers 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB The German destroyer fleet of World War II consisted of nine classes: the Diether Von Roeder Class, the Leberecht Maas Class and the wartime classes Z23, Z35, Z37, Z40, Z43, Z46 and Z52. These vessels, though fewer in number than the British destroyer fleet, tended to be much bigger and more powerful than their allied counterparts. They served their country well in operations in the Channel, North Sea, the Far North and in the rescue of civilians from East Prussia during the final days of the war. This title describes their design, development and operational use from the fjords of Narvik to the final days of the war.


British Motor Gun Boat 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781472803191
Release Date: 2013-03-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Motor Gun Boat 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB Motor Gun Boats were the "Spitfires of the Seas†? of the Royal Navy. Bristling with small-calibre guns and machine guns, they served in a variety of roles during the War. In the early war period they battled against German E-boats in the English Channel, then went on the offensive, searching the enemy shore for targets of opportunity. At other times, they ran support for Motor Torpedo Boats and were used to deliver commandos on various raids. Naval Warfare expert, Angus Konstam, tells the story of these small, but destructive boats, beginning with their design and development and carrying through to their operational use in both the European and Mediterranean theatres of World War II.


British Artillery 1914 19

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ISBN: 9781780967936
Release Date: 2012-05-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Dale Clarke
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Artillery 1914 19 in PDF and EPUB World War I is often deemed to have been 'a war of artillery', and British heavy artillery played a vital part in destroying the German trenches and providing invaluable cover for advancing troops on the Western Front. This book details the huge guns of the Royal Garrison Artillery, including the 6-in. siege gun and howitzer, the 8-in. howitzer, the 12-in. railway and siege howitzer and the infamous 9.2-in breech-loading siege howitzer. Camouflage and enemy battery locations and transport are covered, as well as tactics used and how the guns were developed and manned.


British Mark IV Tank

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ISBN: 9781780968025
Release Date: 2012-05-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: David Fletcher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Mark IV Tank in PDF and EPUB The formidable Mark IV tank was pitted against the German Army from 1917 until the end of World War I. This book reveals the important role the tank played in the historic battle of Cambrai in 1917 as well as the first ever tank-versus-tank actions against German A7Vs. In awe of British technology, the Germans actively captured, salvaged and repaired Mark IVs for deployment against the Allies. Using rare photographs and detailed artwork, David Fletcher explores the Mark IV's design and development, its variants and accessories, and brings to life its exciting deployment on the battlefields of World War I.


British Mark I Tank 1916

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ISBN: 9781780967981
Release Date: 2012-05-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: David Fletcher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Mark I Tank 1916 in PDF and EPUB In 1915 a machine christened Little Willie changed the way that wars were fought. Little Willie was a fully tracked armoured vehicle that could break a trench system. Its development was completed in December 1915, but by then it had already been superseded by an improved design, Mother. This was the first rhomboid tank, and the prototype for the Mark 1 which would influence a whole generation of tank building. This book details the development of the Mark I, and its surprise arrival in France in the middle of 1916 during the closing weeks of the battles of the Somme.


British Battleships 1939 45 1

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ISBN: 9781846038808
Release Date: 2012-12-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online British Battleships 1939 45 1 in PDF and EPUB With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet ten of the 12 battleships were already over 20 years old, having served in World War I, and required extensive modifications to allow them to perform a vital service throughout the six long years of conflict. This title offers a comprehensive review of the development of these British battleships from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and wartime service, with detailed descriptions of the effectiveness of the main armament of individual ships. With specially commissioned artwork and a dramatic re-telling of key battleship conflicts, this book will highlight what it was like on board for the sailors who risked their lives on the high seas.


British Destroyers

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ISBN: 1848320493
Release Date: 2009
Number of pages: 320
Author: Norman Friedman
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

Download and read online British Destroyers in PDF and EPUB In the late nineteenth century the advent of the modern torpedo woke the Royal Navy to a potent threat to its domination, not seriously challenged since Trafalgar. For the first time a relatively cheap weapon had the potential to sink the largest, and costliest exponents of sea power. Not surprisingly, Britain's traditional rivals invested heavily in the new technology that promised to overthrow the naval status quo.The Royal Navy was also quick to adopt the new weapon, but the British concentrated on developing counters to the essentially offensive tactics associated with torpedo-carrying small craft. From these efforts came 'torpedo catchers', torpedo-gunboats and eventually the torpedo-boat destroyer, a type so successful that it eclipsed and the usurped the torpedo-boat itself. With its title shortened to 'destroyer', the type evolved rapidly and was soon in service in many navies, but in none was the evolution as rapid or as radical as in the Royal NavyThis book is the first detailed study of their early days, combining technical history with an appreciation of the changing role of destroyers and the tactics of their deployment. Like all of Friedman's books, it reveals the rationale and not just the process of important technological developments.


German Battleships 1939 45

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ISBN: 9781780966632
Release Date: 2012-04-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Gordon Williamson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online German Battleships 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB In this, the first of a five volume series covering the capital ships of the German Navy of World War II, Gordon Williamson examines the design, development and operational use of the battleships used by the Kriegsmarine. The 'Schlesien' and 'Schleswig-Hostein' were used mostly as training ships until the end of the war when they took part in bombardment of Soviet troop movements in East Prussia. The 'Scharnhorst' had a successful career until her sinking at the battle of the North Cape, and the 'Gneisenau' with her ignominious end as a block-ship. Bismarck's short but glorious career and Tirpitz's lonely vigil in Norway's distant Fjords until sunk by RAF bombers using the massive 'Tallboy' bombs are also covered.


German Heavy Cruisers 1939 45

Filename: german-heavy-cruisers-1939-45.pdf
ISBN: 9781780966656
Release Date: 2012-04-20
Number of pages: 48
Author: Gordon Williamson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online German Heavy Cruisers 1939 45 in PDF and EPUB The development of this excellent and successful class of warship only became possible after the Anglo-German naval agreement of 1935 eased restrictions on the types of ship Germany could build; even then only five of the class were permitted: the Admiral Hipper, the Blücher, the Prinz Eugen, the Seydlitz and the Lützow. These Cruisers were designed for Atlantic operations and had eight 8 inch guns, 12 10.5 cm heavy anti-aircraft guns and 17 smaller calibre anti aircraft guns as well as twelve torpedo tubes and their own compliment of up to six aircraft. This title covers the design, development and operational history of the Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper class.