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U-boats of the Kaisers Navy (New Vanguard, Book 50)

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U-boats of the Kaisers Navy (New Vanguard, Book 50)

U-boats of the Kaisers Navy (New Vanguard, Book 50)) by Gordon Williamson
English | March 20th, 2012 | ISBN: 1841763624 | 48 pages | EPUB | 6.35 MB

As was the case in World War II, one of the greatest threats to Britain during World War I was the German U-boat menace. This book traces the development of the U-boat threat from the Brandtaucher, designed by Wilhelm Bauer, the father of the German submarine arm, in 1850, through to the commissioning of Germany's first U-boat to go into service, the U-1, in 1906. It then covers the main types of World War I U-boat, detailing the operational history of the U-boat service in depth, with a particular focus on the campaigns in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, as well as the slow build up of anti-submarine measures by the allies.

French Battleships 1914–45 (New Vanguard, Book 266)

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French Battleships 1914–45 (New Vanguard, Book 266)

French Battleships 1914–45 (New Vanguard, Book 266) by Ryan K. Noppen
English | December 11th, 2018 | ISBN: 1472818199 | 48 pages | EPUB | 11.72 MB

On September 1, 1910, France became the last great naval power to lay down a dreadnought battleship, the Courbet. The ensuing Courbet and Bretagne-class dreadnoughts had a relatively quiet World War I, spending most of it at anchor off the entrance to the Adriatic, keeping watch over the Austro-Hungarian fleet. The constraints of the Washington Naval Treaty prevented new battleships being built until the 1930s, with the innovative Dunkerque-class and excellent Richelieu-class of battleships designed to counter new German designs.

Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers (New Vanguard, Book 174)

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Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers (New Vanguard, Book 174)

Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers (New Vanguard, Book 174) by Brad Elward
English | July 19th, 2011 | ISBN: 184603759X | 48 pages | EPUB | 7.24 MB

The Nimitz class aircraft carrier is the ultimate symbol of the United States superpower status. A true behemoth, this is an unsurpassed weapons platform that overshadows all of its nearest rivals. A history of the world's largest aircraft carriers, with runways over 300 meters long, this book looks at the development and deployment of the nuclear-powered Nimitz class aircraft carriers from 1975 when the USS Nimitz, the lead ship of the class, was commissioned, to the present day.

Jeeps 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Book 117)

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Jeeps 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Book 117)

Jeeps 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Book 117) by Steven J. Zaloga
English | October 18th, 2011 | ISBN: 184176888X | 48 pages | EPUB | 5.20 MB

The jeep was the most famous military vehicle of World War II, and its name has become synonymous with a whole class of military and civilian all-terrain vehicles. The jeep originated in a prewar US Army requirement for a simple, inexpensive, and robust vehicle for basic utility chores. Its simple design proved to be adaptable to a host of military tasks including use as a scout vehicle, battlefield ambulance, communications vehicle, and staff car. This book, covering "the savior of World War II", focuses on the design and development of this versatile vehicle used on nearly every front of World War II.

US Destroyers 1934–45: Pre-war classes (New Vanguard, Book 162)

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US Destroyers 1934–45: Pre-war classes (New Vanguard, Book 162)

US Destroyers 1934–45: Pre-war classes (New Vanguard, Book 162) by Dave McComb
English | December 20th, 2011 | ISBN: 1846034434 | 48 pages | EPUB | 6.09 MB

Since the beginning of the 20th century, destroyers have been all-purpose ships, indispensable in roles large and small — 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 1,620- and 1,630-ton Benson and Gleaves classes.

US Cruisers 1883–1904: The birth of the steel navy (New Vanguard, Book 143)

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US Cruisers 1883–1904: The birth of the steel navy (New Vanguard, Book 143)

US Cruisers 1883–1904: The birth of the steel navy (New Vanguard, Book 143) by Lawrence Burr
English | December 20th, 2011 | ISBN: 1846032679 | 48 pages | EPUB | 8.50 MB

By the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most advanced in the world, but in subsequent years America's naval might dwindled. However, in the 1880s a 'New Navy' was born and at the forefront of its fleet were the mighty cruisers. Naval historian Lawrence Burr details how these cruisers allowed America to rebuild their navy, exploring the design and development of these ships. Placing these advances in context, through vivid accounts of how US cruisers performed in the Spanish-American War of 1898, notably at Manila Bay and Santiago, he investigates the emergence of the US Navy as a major power. Illustrated with early photographs and full-colour artwork, this is a concise history of the birth and development of a modern navy that was the precursor to the development of modern steel fleets around the world.

US Fast Battleships 1936-47: The North Carolina and South Dakota classes (New Vanguard, Book 169)

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US Fast Battleships 1936-47: The North Carolina and South Dakota classes (New Vanguard, Book 169)

US Fast Battleships 1936-47: The North Carolina and South Dakota classes (New Vanguard, Book 169) by Lawrence Burr
English | December 20th, 2011 | ISBN: 1846035104 | 48 pages | EPUB | 15.15 MB

This volume details the design, construction, and operation of the first six of the ten US fast battleships, two of the North Carolina class and four of the South Dakota class. These six battleships were all authorized in 1936 and were the first vessels built in the US since 1923. Consequently, these ships benefitted from enormous technological leaps, with improvements in ship design, power, armor, armament and the single most important improvement the use of radar guided fire control helping to change the course of the war in the Pacific. Packed with first-hand accounts, battle reports, and specially created artwork this book tells the story of these war-winning vessels.

US Submarines 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Book 118)

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US Submarines 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Book 118)

US Submarines 1941-45 (New Vanguard, Book 118) by Jim Christley
English | February 21st, 2012 | ISBN: 1841768596 | 48 pages | EPUB | 8.74 MB

Naval warfare in the Pacific changed completely with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The strategic emphasis shifted from battleships to much more lethal, far-ranging weapons systems; one of these was the submarine. This book details the design and development, classes, weapons and equipment, tactics and operational history of the US submarine in World War II. Detailed tables, photographs, and superb color plates depict the force that had an effect far beyond its size - the submarine accounted for 55% of all Japanese shipping losses, despite suffering the highest percentage loss of any unit of the United State Armed Forces in World War II.

LAV-25: The Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle (New Vanguard, Book 185)

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LAV-25: The Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle (New Vanguard, Book 185)

LAV-25: The Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle (New Vanguard, Book 185) by James D'Angina
English | November 22nd, 2011 | ISBN: 1849086117 | 48 pages | EPUB | 12.32 MB

The Light Armored Vehicle 25 (LAV-25) has played a significant role in transforming United States Marine Corps doctrine since its introduction in the early 1980s. The Marine Corps' Light Armored Vehicle program was based on the proven Swiss MOWAG Piranha series of 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8 wheeled vehicles. However, developing organizational units, tactics, and employment of the weapon system within the force structure of the Marine Corps proved to be more of a challenge than fielding the weapon system. This resulted in multiple re-designations for LAV units within the Corps.

Space Shuttle Launch System 1972-2004 (New Vanguard, Book 99)

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Space Shuttle Launch System 1972-2004 (New Vanguard, Book 99)

Space Shuttle Launch System 1972-2004 (New Vanguard, Book 99) by Mark Lardas
English | September 18th, 2012 | ISBN: 1841766917 | 48 pages | EPUB | 12.73 MB

The Space Shuttle is one of the oldest and most famous manned launch systems — the only launch vehicle that has been used for a longer period of time is the Soviet (now Russian) R-7 booster. By the start of the third millennium, the Space Shuttle had carried crews into space over 85 times. Although not a military structure, the Shuttle had been sold as an all-purpose launch system to be used jointly for military and civilian purposes. Featuring full-colour photos throughout, this book covers the design, development and operational history of a unique vehicle.

Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815 (New Vanguard, Book 188)

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Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815 (New Vanguard, Book 188)

Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815 (New Vanguard, Book 188) by Mark Lardas
English | March 20th, 2012 | ISBN: 1849085668 | 48 pages | EPUB | 9.15 MB

When war broke out in 1812, neither the United States Navy nor the Royal Navy had more than a token force on the Great Lakes. However, once the shooting started, it sparked a ship-building arms race that continued throughout the war. This book examines the design and development of the warships built upon the lakes during the war, emphasizing their differences from their salt-water contemporaries. It then goes onto cover their operational use as they were pitted against each other in a number of clashes on the lakes that often saws ships captured, re-crewed, and thrown back against their pervious owners. Released in 2012 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, this is a timely look at a small, freshwater naval war.

War Elephants (New Vanguard, Book 150)

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War Elephants (New Vanguard, Book 150)

War Elephants (New Vanguard, Book 150) by Konstantin Nossov, Konstantin S Nossov
English | April 17th, 2012 | ISBN: 1846032687 | 48 pages | EPUB | 6.22 MB

Elephants have been deployed as weapons for centuries, particularly in South and South-East Asia, where war elephants constituted the bulk of most armies in the region from antiquity right up to the 19th century. This book offers an insight into the incredible history of these 'living tanks,' focusing on the design of the equipment and armament that made them so terrifying. The author, Konstantin S Nossov, traces the history of war elephants, from their deployment against Alexander the Great's army at the battle of Gaugamela, through to their use in the 19th century by the armies of South-East Asia, analyzing the battle formation and tactics of war elephants in action and how these tactics developed.

M10 and M36 Tank Destroyers 1942-53 (New Vanguard, Book 57)

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M10 and M36 Tank Destroyers 1942-53 (New Vanguard, Book 57)

M10 and M36 Tank Destroyers 1942-53 (New Vanguard, Book 57) by Steven J. Zaloga
English | August 21st, 2012 | ISBN: 1841764698 | 48 pages | EPUB | 16.50 MB

The US Army had a unique tactical doctrine during World War II, placing the emphasis for tank fighting on its Tank Destroyer Command whose main early-war vehicle was the M10 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage, based on the reliable M4A2 Sherman tank chassis. This durable and versatile vehicle saw combat service from the North Africa campaign in 1943. By 1944, its gun was not powerful enough and it was rearmed with the new 90 mm gun, becoming the M36 90mm Gun Motor Carriage. This book details one of the only US armoured vehicles capable of dealing with the Panther and Tiger during the Battle of the Bulge.

US Field Artillery of World War II (New Vanguard, Book 131)

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US Field Artillery of World War II (New Vanguard, Book 131)

US Field Artillery of World War II (New Vanguard, Book 131) by Steven J. Zaloga
English | December 20th, 2011 | ISBN: 1846030617 | 48 pages | EPUB | 8.93 MB

Determined to learn from the lessons of World War I, the US Army developed a new generation of field artillery weapons and tactics during the 1930s. Consequently, in World War II it was the clear leader in field artillery. Providing a thorough examination of the many critical innovations and doctrines, and the impact they had on performance, including the motorization of artillery, Fire Direction Centers, aerial observation, and radio communications. Exploring, in their entirety, the weapons that formed the backbone of the US artillery arsenal in World War II, this book reveals a wealth of detail not readily available elsewhere.

HMMWV Humvee 1980-2005: US Army tactical vehicle (New Vanguard, Book 122)

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HMMWV Humvee 1980-2005: US Army tactical vehicle (New Vanguard, Book 122)

HMMWV Humvee 1980-2005: US Army tactical vehicle (New Vanguard, Book 122) by Steven J. Zaloga
English | July 19th, 2011 | ISBN: 1841769460 | 48 pages | EPUB | 9.77 MB

The HMMWV, better known as the Humvee or Hummer, has set the world standard for army tactical vehicles since its introduction into the US Army in the 1980s. Designed to be the successor to the jeep of World War II with a greater load-bearing capacity, the Humvee has proven to be adaptable to a wide range of roles, including weapons carrier, missile launcher, command vehicle and other specialized types. This book traces the development and use of the Humvee and its variations, including the latest families of armored Humvees used in Iraq in 2003–05, and its adoption in a peacekeeping role the world over.