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Gunboats, Empire and the China Station: The Royal Navy in 1920s East Asia

Product code:  76188NAV
Examining Britains imperial outposts in 1920s East Asia, this book explores the changes and challenges affecting the Royal Navy third largest fleet, the China Station, as its crews fought to hold back the changing tides of fortune. Bridging the gap between high level naval strategy and everyday imperial culture, Heaslip highlights the importance of the China Station to the British imperial system, foreign policy and East Asian geopolitics, while also revealing the lived experiences of these impe...

Images of War: Essex Class Aircraft Carriers 1943-1991

Product code:  72145NAV
Essex-class aircraft carriers played an essential role in the victory of the United States over Japan in the Second World War. Without these remarkable ships, the island-hopping campaign of American forces across the Pacific towards Japan would not have been possible. They also took part in the Korean and Vietnam wars that followed. During the Second World War they were at the centre of the powerful task groups that could put up hundreds of aircraft to support forces on the ground. They were als...

U-552 - The Red Devil Boat - Its Operational History in Words and Images

Product code:  37340NAV
U-552 was one of the legendary U-boats of the Second World War. Under its commander Erich Topp, it carried out a total of ten operational patrols, sinking 30 ships and damaging three in a period of 20 months. In the days of the big convoy battles, when the Allies’ detection technology had not yet been perfected, before the German radio codes had been broken, and convoys were not or at best weakly escorted, Topp was among the U-boat arm’s most successful commanders. Within 16 months he was decora...

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

Product code:  60121NAV
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. 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.

Haynes Manual Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat Manual : MGB 81 (British Power Boats) 1942-45

Product code:  11423NAV
During the Second World War the Royal Navy's flotillas of small, fast and powerfully armed motor gun boats (MGBs) were looked upon as the 'Spitfires of the seas'. Operating from their harbour bases around the south and east coasts of England, RN Coastal Forces crews would set out under cover of darkness to look for trouble with German shipping in the Channel and the North Sea. The centerpiece of this manual is MGB 81, a combat veteran that saw repeated action between 1942 and 1945 in the North S...

The Naval War of Pacific 1879-84 Saltpeter War

Product code:  58778NAV
The War of the Pacific (in Spanish, Guerra del Pacifico), also known as the Saltpeter War (Guerra del salitre), was a war between Chile and a Bolivian-Peruvian alliance that lasted from 1879 to 1884. It was fought over Chilean claims on coastal Bolivian territory in the Atacama Desert. The war ended with victory for Chile, which gained a significant amount of resource-rich territory from Peru and Bolivia. Chile's army took Bolivia's nitrate rich coastal region and Peru was defeated by Chile's na...

Les Sous-Marins de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale

Product code:  03281NAV
FRENCH Language book. In depth look at this subject with detailed illustrations and photos.

Walter-U-Boote TypXXI & TypXXIII

Product code:  03274NAV
FRENCH Language book. In depth look at this subject with detailed illustrations and photos.

Les Cuirasses 'Echantillons' Tome.1

Product code:  80231NAV
French Language book. This book includes the characteristics and history of three battleships Brennus, Carnot and Charles Martel. Despite its youthful setbacks, the Brennus is most interesting because it breaks sharply with its predecessors with the caliber unit of its main armament in closed turrets of 340 mm and a secondary armament with the excellent gun of 164.7 mm rapid fire. When compared with the foreign battleships of the same period, he holds his rank well. Throughout his career he will...

La Marine Imperiale Russe de 1870 a' sa Chute

Product code:  80286NAV
French Language book. This historical work on the Russian Imperial Navy and its ships is based on original archival sources. Thus, the author took as main support of his research the reports of the French naval attachés in Saint Petersburg, particularly provided and documented because of the Franco-Russian alliance. He supported them with the publications of the French war school of the time and then with some Russian books and contemporary specialized journals.

Kriegsmarine: The Illustrated History of the German Navy in WWII

Product code:  49523NAV
The German Navy, or Kriegsmarine, fought a valiant campaign in World War II. Though her surface fleet was small, German ships such as the Graf Spee, Bismarck and Tirpitz tied down a substantial amount of Allied naval resources for much of the war, and the U-boat fleet almost starved Britain into surrender. Kriegsmarine is a pictorial record of Germany's naval forces before and during World War II: from the rebirth of the U-boat fleet and the new pocket battleships; through the early naval campai...

Les Grandes Batailles Navales & Aeronavales De La Guerre Du Pacifique

Product code:  03236NAV
FRENCH LANGUAGE BOOK. Looking at the naval war in the Pacific between 1941-45. In-depth articles, maps, illustrations and photos.