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Bismarck - The Chase and Sinking of Hitler's Goliath (Paperback): G.H. Bennett Bismarck - The Chase and Sinking of Hitler's Goliath (Paperback)
G.H. Bennett
R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Launched in 1939, Bismarck was the most formidable surface ship in Hitler's fleet. Displacing over 55,000 tons when fully loaded and armed with eight 38-cm guns in four main turrets, she was a formidable piece of German naval engineering. Sunk on her first and only war cruise, 27 May 1941, this great victory for the Royal Navy was also a human tragedy. Only 114 of her 2,200 crew survived the Royal Navy's final storm of shells and torpedoes. Despite her short career, the story of Bismarck and the precise reasons for her loss have fascinated many and been the subject of controversy since 1941. The discovery of the wreck in June 1989 has only fuelled the debate. How did the Royal Navy stop the massive battleship? Was she sunk in the action or did her own crew scuttle her in a last act of defiance? Bismarck contains the complete Battle Summary: how Hitler's Goliath was located, pursued and attacked, featuring both German and British first-hand accounts.

Bismarck - The Chase and Sinking of Hitler's Goliath (Hardcover): G.H. Bennett Bismarck - The Chase and Sinking of Hitler's Goliath (Hardcover)
G.H. Bennett
R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Ghost Ships of Archangel - The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis (Paperback): William Geroux The Ghost Ships of Archangel - The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis (Paperback)
William Geroux
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An extraordinary story of survival and alliance during World War II: the icy journey of four Allied ships crossing the Arctic to deliver much needed supplies to the Soviet war effort. On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic split from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole. They were seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats in the perilous white maze of ice floes, growlers, and giant bergs. Despite the many risks of their chosen route, the four vessels had a better chance of reaching their destination than the rest of the remains of convoy PQ-17. The convoy had started as a fleet of thirty-five cargo ships carrying $1 billion worth of war supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel--the only help Roosevelt and Churchill had extended to Joseph Stalin to maintain their fragile alliance against Germany. At the most dangerous point of the voyage, the ships had received a startling order to scatter and had quickly become easy prey for the Nazis. The crews of the four ships focused on their mission. U.S. Navy Ensign Howard Carraway, aboard the SS Troubadour, was a farm boy from South Carolina and one of the many Americans for whom the convoy was a first taste of war; from the Royal Navy Reserve, Lt. Leo Gradwell was given command of the HMT Ayrshire, a British fishing trawler that had been converted into an antisubmarine vessel. The twenty-four-hour Arctic daylight in midsummer gave them no respite from bombers or submarines, and they all feared the giant German battleship Tirpitz, nicknamed the "Big Bad Wolf." Icebergs were as dangerous as Nazis as the remnants of convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic to deliver their cargo in one of the most dramatic escapes of World War II. At Archangel they found a traumatized, starving city, and a disturbing preview of the Cold War ahead.

Royal Navy Way of Leadership (Hardcover): Andrew St.George Royal Navy Way of Leadership (Hardcover)
Andrew St.George 1
R514 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R83 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Four years ago the Second Sea Lord of the Royal Navy asked Andrew St George to spend time with every level of the Navy staff, from junior sailors in the engine room of an aircraft carrier, to handlers of landing craft, through to Royal Marines, ships' commanders, and Royal Navy staff right up to Navy Board and Cabinet level, with the aim of creating a book which distils the leadership culture of perhaps the most highly respected and efficient organization in the world. This book charts that journey - representing the largest piece of research on Royal Navy leadership ever done - and it is the current state of the art leadership framework for the Navy. St George writes about how to plan and execute, how to exercise judgment and how to motivate people. Everything in the book is here because it works, tested over thousands of hours of hard training, rigorous assessment and absolute measurement. The book's messages are deceptively simple. In order to succeed we must have: the clarity of intent; the strategy; the resources; a contingency plan; an emotional investment. These tenets stand in all walks of business and personal life. The Royal Navy's way of getting things done depends on soft skills, high emotional intelligence and an understanding of how people work in small teams.This book (15,000 copies) will be issued to every Royal Navy officer and Senior Rate (middle manager) in the Service. The book's insights are profound and their applications are wide-ranging: for industry, for finance, for professional services, for commerce, for academia and for the public sector these methods of planning, executing and inspiring make a tried, tested and effective way of leadership.

Pirate Alley - Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia (Hardcover): Terry McKnight, Michael Hirsh Pirate Alley - Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia (Hardcover)
Terry McKnight, Michael Hirsh
R793 R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Save R56 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) served as Commander, Counter-Piracy Task Force-Gulf of Aden. He wrote the first draft of the Navy's handbook on fighting piracy while serving as the initial commander of Combined Task Force 151, an international effort to deploy naval vessels from several nations in a manner designed to prevent piracy in the Gulf of Aden and farther out into the Indian Ocean. McKnight personally commanded operations that disrupted several hijackings in progress, and resulted in the capture of sixteen Somali pirates. That's when he ran head-on into the bizarre U.S. policy of catch-and-release, and realised that there's a lot more to fighting piracy than just catching some skinny youngsters armed with AK-47s and RPGs. After his tour in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, he retired from the Navy and began seriously researching the subject. As a result, he and his co-author, journalist Michael Hirsh, have put together a very readable book that serves as a comprehensive introductory course on the subject. Pirate Alley includes a behind-the-scenes look at the SEAL Team 6 takedown of the pirates who had kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. It also reveals what a young Ph.D. candidate from Duke University found during three months on the ground in Somali pirate villages. Pirate Alley explores every aspect of Somali piracy, from how the pirates operate to how the actions of a relative handful of youthful criminals and their bosses have impacted the world economy. The book examines various answers to the question "How do you solve a problem like Somalia?" It explores the debate over the recently adopted practice of putting armed guards aboard merchant ships, and focuses on the best management practices that are changing the ways that ships are outfitted for travel through what's known as the High Risk Area. Readers will learn that the consequence of protecting high quality targets such as container ships and crude oil carriers may be that pirates turn to crime on land, such as the kidnapping of foreigners. Pirate Alley also focuses on the worldwide economic impact of piracy, noting that despite claims that piracy is costing as much as $13 billion a year, one of the largest commercial shipping companies argues that over-reaching national and international shipping regulations have a significantly greater negative effect on the world's economy than does piracy. In the book's conclusion, McKnight contends that, in the interest of justice, nations need to beef up their ability to prosecute and imprison captured pirates. And that the United States has no choice but to continue to hew to a policy that was first stated in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution: The Congress shall have Power...to define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations.

Merchantmen in Action - Evacuations and  Landings by Merchant Ships in the Second World War (Hardcover): Roy V. Martin Merchantmen in Action - Evacuations and Landings by Merchant Ships in the Second World War (Hardcover)
Roy V. Martin
R524 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R97 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During World War 2, the Merchant Navy's main task was to run the German blockade, bringing essential food, fuel and materials to a besieged nation. The civilian crews came from all parts of the Empire and beyond - more than one in six were killed. Even less is known about the part played by merchantmen in evacuations from countries that were overrun. They saved over 90,000 troops from Dunkirk and went on to rescue more than 200,000 troops and civilians from other parts of France. When Singapore fell, the Merchant Navy again helped many to escape. They moved men and materials for the landings of Madagascar, North Africa and the Mediterranean coast of Europe. A British government press release reported that 50,000 volunteer British merchant seamen manned over 1,000 ships for D-Day. They also manned salvage ships, rescue tugs and other specialist craft. Merchantmen in Action tells the story of these other achievements. Chapters include Singapore; the Norwegian campaign; Dunkirk; the Channel Islands; Greece and Crete; Sicily and Italy; the Normandy landings; the South of France, Gibraltar, etc, with detailed ship listing and human stories.

Dark Seas - The Battle of Cape Matapan (Hardcover): G.H. Bennett Dark Seas - The Battle of Cape Matapan (Hardcover)
G.H. Bennett
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written shortly after World War II, the summary of the Battle of Cape Matapan draws on first-hand accounts of action on both sides. Unearthed from archives, the vivid and compelling detail is reproduced and newly published as Dark Seas. During the battle, the enemy was hunted, trailed, avoided and engaged. Accurate intelligence combined with the inaccurate and misleading in the 'fog of war'. This is a unique insight into one of the last fleet engagements in naval history. The foreword is written by an officer who served in the action, HRH Prince Phillip. The introduction, by Dr. Jane Harrold, guides the reader through intriguing facts and figures, putting the summary in context and embellishing the historical information, including a useful bibliography.

Dark Seas - The Battle of Cape Matapan (Paperback): Jane Harrold Dark Seas - The Battle of Cape Matapan (Paperback)
Jane Harrold
R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written shortly after World War II, the summary of the Battle of Cape Matapan draws on first-hand accounts of action on both sides. Unearthed from archives, the vivid and compelling detail is reproduced and newly published as Dark Seas. During the battle, the enemy was hunted, trailed, avoided and engaged. Accurate intelligence combined with the inaccurate and misleading in the 'fog of war'. This is a unique insight into one of the last fleet engagements in naval history. The foreword is written by an officer who served in the action, HRH Prince Phillip. The introduction, by Dr. Jane Harrold, guides the reader through intriguing facts and figures, putting the summary in context and embellishing the historical information, including a useful bibliography.

Fight for the Fjords - The Battle for Norway 1940 (Hardcover): Jane Harrold Fight for the Fjords - The Battle for Norway 1940 (Hardcover)
Jane Harrold
R914 Discovery Miles 9 140 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The fierce naval battles fought in Norwegian waters during the spring of 1940 were recorded in documents that were once subject to restrictions under the Official Secrets Act. Fight for the Fjords includes the German account, written by the official historian within three years of the end of World War II, and the British report, which compiled previously unavailable Royal Navy records to produce one complete account. The combination of these two summaries forms a unique record.

Hitler's Ghost Ships - Graf Spee, Schamhorst and Disguised German Raiders (Hardcover): G.H. Bennett Hitler's Ghost Ships - Graf Spee, Schamhorst and Disguised German Raiders (Hardcover)
G.H. Bennett
R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The war mission of the German surface fleet included keeping the Royal Navy out of the Baltic. War against British commerce was the primary task of the German submarines, who hoped to strangle Britain's imports of food and war materials. Disguised Auxiliary cruisers could sidle up to merchant vessels undetected as they were flying a neutral flag, similar to 17th century pirate ships. Completion of the disguised ships was difficult and took its toll on the German dockyard workers and crews, sailing in waters dominated by the Royal Navy. The Battle Summaries chart how the Royal Navy dealt with the threat of these raiders of 70 years ago.

Hunting Tirpitz - Naval Operations Against Bismarck's Sister Ship (Hardcover): G.H. Bennett Hunting Tirpitz - Naval Operations Against Bismarck's Sister Ship (Hardcover)
G.H. Bennett
R897 Discovery Miles 8 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In late 1944, the German battleship Tirpitz was sunk by RAF Bomber Command. While it was the RAF that delivered the final coup de grace, it was the Royal Navy, from 1942 to 1944, that had contained, crippled and neutralised the German battleship in a series of actions marked by innovation, boldness and bravery. From daring commando raids on the coast of France, to the use of midget submarines in the fjords of Norway and devastating aerial attacks by the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy pursued Tirpitz to her eventual destruction."

Hitler's Ghost Ships - Graf Spee, Schamhorst and Disguised German Raiders (Paperback): G.H. Bennett Hitler's Ghost Ships - Graf Spee, Schamhorst and Disguised German Raiders (Paperback)
G.H. Bennett
R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The war mission of the German surface fleet included keeping the Royal Navy out of the Baltic. War against British commerce was the primary task of the German submarines, who hoped to strangle Britain's imports of food and war materials. Disguised Auxiliary cruisers could sidle up to merchant vessels undetected as they were flying a neutral flag, similar to 17th century pirate ships. Completion of the disguised ships was difficult and took its toll on the German dockyard workers and crews, sailing in waters dominated by the Royal Navy. The Battle Summaries chart how the Royal Navy dealt with the threat of these raiders of 70 years ago.

Hunting Tirpitz - Naval Operations Against Bismarck's Sister Ship (Paperback): G.H. Bennett Hunting Tirpitz - Naval Operations Against Bismarck's Sister Ship (Paperback)
G.H. Bennett
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In late 1944, the German battleship Tirpitz was sunk by RAF Bomber Command. While it was the RAF that delivered the final coup de grace, it was the Royal Navy, from 1942 to 1944, that had contained, crippled and neutralised the German battleship in a series of actions marked by innovation, boldness and bravery. From daring commando raids on the coast of France, to the use of midget submarines in the fjords of Norway and devastating aerial attacks by the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy pursued Tirpitz to her eventual destruction."

Fight for the Fjords - The Battle for Norway 1940 (Paperback): Jane Harrold Fight for the Fjords - The Battle for Norway 1940 (Paperback)
Jane Harrold
R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The fierce naval battles fought in Norwegian waters during the spring of 1940 were recorded in documents that were once subject to restrictions under the Official Secrets Act. Fight for the Fjords includes the German account, written by the official historian within three years of the end of World War II, and the British report, which compiled previously unavailable Royal Navy records to produce one complete account. The combination of these two summaries forms a unique record.

Above an Angry Sea (Paperback): Alan C. Carey Above an Angry Sea (Paperback)
Alan C. Carey
R781 R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a revised and expanded second edition that examines United States Navy patrol and bombing squadrons equipped with the Consolidated B-24 Liberator (PB4Y-1) and its successor, the Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer. The author's previous book, We Flew Alone, discussed the Navy's use of the B-24 Liberator from February 1943 to September 1944. He now examines in dramatic detail the use of the B-24 and PB4Y-2 during the last eleven months of the war against Japan. The author has collected personal stories, over 300 images, a tabulation of all aerial kills credited to PB4Y patrol plane commanders, a roster of all personnel killed in action or in the line of duty, individual squadron records, and a list of all known B-24 Liberators and PB4Y-2 Privateers assigned to the Pacific between 1943 and 1945.

HOSTILITIES ONLY (Paperback): HOSTILITIES ONLY (Paperback)
R379 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R48 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Just over a million people - 923,000 men and 86,000 women - served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. They enlisted after a huge recruitment campaign necessitated by the need for a massive injection of manpower. To this end, thousands of 'hostilities only' personnel joined the service, and these inexperienced recruits would play a vital role for the duration of the war. Using first-hand accounts and archival research, acclaimed historian Brian Lavery reveals the scale of the training operations initiated for these recruits. Rapid and effective training was vital, as most had never been to sea before; indeed, some could not even swim. The book examines the methods used to instil the skills, attitude and naval discipline needed to serve in many different roles and theatres of war.In the author's trademark anecdote-led style, Hostilities Only recounts the experiences of the men and women who were plunged into a challenging and unfamiliar environment, giving new insight into one of the major untold stories of the Second World War.

US Navy's Fast Attack Submarines, Vol.1: Los Angeles Class 688 (Hardcover): James C. Goodall US Navy's Fast Attack Submarines, Vol.1: Los Angeles Class 688 (Hardcover)
James C. Goodall
R924 R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Save R196 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This illustrated book covers the complete history of the United States' Los Angeles class attack submarines from initial design and construction, through testing and trials, to its current operations. The nuclear-powered USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) class attack submarine represented the lead ship of the largest group of vessels constructed for the US Navy during the Cold War, and was purposefully designed for anti-submarine operations against the Soviets. Sixty-two boats were built and launched between 1976 and 1996, and the class continues to serve in force to this day. The exclusive and extensive photographic coverage of the boat's interior is featured here for the first time. Details of the boats' armament includes: four 21" bow-mounted torpedo tubes supporting the Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo series; Tomahawk (BGM-109) cruise missile; and Harpoon (UGM-84) anti-ship missile capability. The author's unprecedented access allows the reader a first time view of these submarines.

The Greenie - The History of Warfare Technology in the Royal Navy (Hardcover, New): Patrick A. Moore The Greenie - The History of Warfare Technology in the Royal Navy (Hardcover, New)
Patrick A. Moore
R679 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R133 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the Royal Navy vernacular, the term 'greenie' describes the officers and ratings responsible for the electrical engineering functions of the fleet. Electrical engineering has 'driven' the Royal Navy for far longer than one might imagine, from solving the problem of magnetic interference with the compass by the ironclad early in the 20th century onward. Author Commander Moore traces the development of technology from 1850 to today's integrated micro computers that control almost every aspect of navigation, intel, and strike capacity. At the same time, he describes how the Navy's structure and manpower changed to accommodate the new technologies, changes often accelerated in wartime, particularly in World War II. Without the full cooperation of naval establishments and organisations and various public and private museums and manufacturers, this work would have been impossible to produce. Written in an anecdotal, narrative style but with a complete mastery of the science itself, it will appeal not only to those interested in the history of the Royal Navy but also those many thousands, past and present, who can claim the honour of calling themselves one of the Greenies.

Decima Flottiglia Mas - The Best Commandos of the Second World War (Hardcover): Walter S. Zapotoczny Decima Flottiglia Mas - The Best Commandos of the Second World War (Hardcover)
Walter S. Zapotoczny
R528 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A group of determined young human torpedoes and assault swimmers fought bravely for Italy in the Second World War, inspiring fear and respect from the British Navy. The actions of these few men severely reduced British naval power in the Mediterranean. Even with small numbers, and using relatively limited resources, the frogmen were a very effective force in the war against the British. By the end of the war, these men would sink or severely disable over 73,000 tons of Allied warships, and over 128,000 tons of merchant shipping. The story of the Italian frogmen is one of determination and bravery. Against overwhelming odds, they were able to inflict considerable damage on Allied shipping. Their tactics also aroused confusion and nervousness with the Allied commanders and their ship's crews. Italy's Decima Flottiglia MAS pre-dates both the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams, formed in 1943 and forerunners of the better-known U.S. Navy SEALs; and the British Royal Marines Special Boat Service formed as an offshoot of the Special Air Service in 1941. Perhaps the determination and actions of the Decima Flottiglia MAS qualify them as the best commandos of the Second World War. This book tells their story.

US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75 - Wartime and Post-war Classes (Paperback): Mark Stille US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75 - Wartime and Post-war Classes (Paperback)
Mark Stille; Illustrated by Paul Wright
R308 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

US Heavy Cruisers provides a detailed, illustrated look at the wartime and post-war-built heavy cruiser classes of the US Navy of World War II.
Fast and heavily armed, the Baltimore class was an evolution of the heavy cruiser designs from before World War II, but without the limitations imposed by the Washington Naval Treaty. Versatile vessels, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly acted as carrier escorts throughout World War II, but also performed bombardment duties in support of amphibious landings. Post-World War II, the heavy cruisers continued to see service, chiefly in Korea and Vietnam. Even after the heyday of the heavy cruiser had passed, the ships continued to serve - several were converted into the earliest examples of guided missile cruisers, and established an enduring legacy in the US Navy.

The Navy Capital of the World - Hampton Roads (Paperback): Amy Waters Yarsinske The Navy Capital of the World - Hampton Roads (Paperback)
Amy Waters Yarsinske
R556 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the famous Civil War ironclads that clashed in its waters to the great battleships that gathered off Norfolk's Sewell's Point as part of President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, the Hampton Roads region of Virginia has maintained a proud naval tradition. Into the twentieth century, the maritime region has remained on the cutting edge of military technology as the nucleus for the birth of naval aviation and the training site for scores of men who stormed the beaches of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Through her fascinating research and incredible array of rare and striking photographs, military historian Amy Waters Yarsinske guides readers through the storied history of the navy in Hampton Roads.

Russian Warships in the Age of Sail 1696-1860 - Design, Construction, Careers and Fates (Hardcover): John Tredrea, Eduard Sozaev Russian Warships in the Age of Sail 1696-1860 - Design, Construction, Careers and Fates (Hardcover)
John Tredrea, Eduard Sozaev
R1,388 R1,105 Discovery Miles 11 050 Save R283 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Peter the Great created a navy from nothing, but it challenged and soon surpassed Sweden as the Baltic naval power, while in the Black Sea it became an essential tool in driving back the Ottoman Turks from the heartland of Europe. In battle it was surprisingly successful, and at times in the eighteenth century was the third largest navy in the world - yet its history, and especially its ships, are virtually unrecorded in the West.This major new reference work handsomely fills this gap, with a complete and comprehensive list of the fleet, with technical detail and career highlights for every ship, down to small craft. However, because the subject is so little recorded in English, the book also provides substantial background material on the organisation and administration of the navy, its weapons, personnel and shipbuilding facilities, as well as an outline of Russia's naval campaigns down to the clash with Britain and France known as the Crimean War.Illustrated with plans, paintings and prints rarely seen outside Russia, it is authoritative, reliable and comprehensive, the culmination of a long collaboration between a Russian naval historian and an American ship enthusiast.E DUARD SOZAEV is an established Russian naval historian with a number of books to his credit. JOHN TREDREA, his translator, editor and long-term collaborator, is an American ship enthusiast with a life-long interest in the Russian navy.

Impieratrica Marija-Class Battleships (Paperback): Rafail M. Mielnikow Impieratrica Marija-Class Battleships (Paperback)
Rafail M. Mielnikow
R392 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book describes the history of four Russian battleships of the Great War from the Impieratrica Marija Class, both their service and tragic end. Construction began in 1911, with the help of British shipyard John Brown & Company for the Tsar's Black Sea Fleet. They entered service in 1915 and fought mainly against the Turkish navy. One chapter is devoted to an accident onboard Impieratrica Maria and Russia's later efforts to raise the ship following its fateful sinking. About Encyclopaedia of Warships The series covering the most distinguished and interesting warships of the 20th century. The books describe the development and service history of individual ships or entire classes, starting with initial design requirements and ending with crossing off from fleet roster or destroying. The development chapter focuses on the history of the ship starting with the designing phase, through her construction to all the modernizations and refits carried out. The ships'service is described in the form of a timeline. Special focus is on the notable events like the naval battles. The technical descriptions contain hull structure, armament, propulsion system and consecutive modernizations. The books are illustrated with multiple photographs, maps, tables and detailed plans printed on large formats. Most of the publications contain A1 format insets with plans, camouflaging schemes and - in case of the newer releases - also 3D graphics. The newer books of this series are fully bilingual- Polish/English. The older ones contain English captions for the illustrations.

Leipzig Light Cruiser (Paperback): Marek Cieslak Leipzig Light Cruiser (Paperback)
Marek Cieslak
R475 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R92 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The German light cruiser Leipzig was the lead ship of her class, built in Wilhelmshaven and launched in 1929. Following service during the Spanish Civil War, and a conversion to a training ship, Leipzig was re-commissioned and entered World War II in 1940. This monograph includes description of cruiser's combat service and technical data. The book is rich in illustrations and includes over 100 photos, as well as many detailed colour profiles including a complete record of the ship's camouflage schemes - previously unpublished. Inserts include detailed drawings of a cruiser and its appearance during the ship's whole period of service before it was surrendered to the British at the end of World War II and scuttled in the North Sea. About Encyclopaedia of Warships The series covering the most distinguished and interesting warships of the 20th century. The books describe the development and service history of individual ships or entire classes, starting with initial design requirements and ending with crossing off from fleet roster or destroying. The development chapter focuses on the history of the ship starting with the designing phase, through her construction to all the modernizations and refits carried out. The ships'service is described in the form of a timeline. Special focus is on the notable events like the naval battles. The technical descriptions contain hull structure, armament, propulsion system and consecutive modernizations. The books are illustrated with multiple photographs, maps, tables and detailed plans printed on large formats. Most of the publications contain A1 format insets with plans, camouflaging schemes and - in case of the newer releases - also 3D graphics. The newer books of this series are fully bilingual - Polish/English. The older ones contain English captions for the illustrations.

USS Yorktown (CV-5): From Design and Construction to the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway (Hardcover): David Doyle USS Yorktown (CV-5): From Design and Construction to the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway (Hardcover)
David Doyle
R546 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

USS Yorktown (CV-5) was the US Navy's first battle-worthy, purpose-built aircraft carrier. Her crew, already accustomed to wartime conditions by maintaining Neutrality Patrols during 1941 in the Atlantic, quickly adapted to the Pacific Theater, having been dispatched there immediately after Pearl Harbor. First at Coral Sea, then at Midway, Yorktown's flyers blunted the sword of Japanese aggression. The men flying from her decks were instrumental in turning the tide of WWII in the Pacific. This volume explores Yorktown's construction, prewar and wartime activities through carefully researched photos, many of which have never before been published, which are reproduced in remarkable clarity. This clarity, and the large size of many of the photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, puts the reader on the deck of this historic warship throughout her history.

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