In this title, the author has provided the professional examination of the shipborne SAM, i.e. "surface-to-air missile" systems that are used in the navies of various countries. The publication consists of following chapters - Introduction; Target detection and missile guidance; American Navy; Royal Navy; Italian Navy; French Navy; Israeli Navy; Canadian navy; Soviet Navy; The British Royal Navy's air defense systems used in the Falklands conflict; Summary.

The author has also presented the technical details of the physical make-up for each system, the warhead, the target detection/tracking, and all other necessary characteristics. The SAMs are commonly divided into three separate classes depending on their range, i.e. long-, medium- and short-range missiles. Such systems are usually considered extremely powerful weapons used in defensive and offensive tactics. Obviously, the main reason to utilize the shipborne SAMs it to destroy the aerial targets before they attack.

The present work is exploring the technical capabilities of the missiles that are used in the American Navy plus other navies of the world. The author did a great attempt to determine the physical descriptions of the systems, together with the propulsion and guidance, navigation features, system performance/effectiveness, and other important technical aspects.

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The British Navy built and used their own MTB, standing for the Motor Torpedo Boats - throughout the World War Two. Those boats served in the English Channel, Atlantic, Pacific, and the Mediterranean. This publication by T. Garth Connelly and Don Greer provides an excellent review of the boat types, their use and history. It contains many perfect and clear black-and-white photos demonstrating the typical construction of the MTBs, their interior, exterior, engines, weapons.

There is also plenty of statistics and data, operational stories, and two pages of color plates. This book will obviously be very useful for everyone interested in naval history as well as for the ship model makers since there are so many photos plus color drawings. It's a compact but comprehensive volume giving a good summary with lots of image content and detailed plans that will be appreciated by the ship modelers.

The history told in the pages of this publication will make all readers go into the deeper reading about the naval warfare of the Second World War, and British Forces, in particular. As per the reviews, nothing in the content of this book is redundant or out of place, and the style of presenting the material is excellent making this book world popular among the professionals and enthusiasts of the naval history and warfare.

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The 175 completed capital ships from fifteen navy fleets have all been fully described in these pages, as are the numerous further unbuilt ships that were aborted by World War or naval treaty. Data in contemporary naval reference books were often unreliable, as navies were seldom entirely open about their latest types, whether completed or not; this book corrects the record by using declassified information on Stalin's two-ocean battlefleet plans to reach the West.

Ship classes have been generally represented by both a photograph and a line drawing; wherever possible, these show appearances both before and after alterations. Line drawings, many specially commissioned, are to 1:1250 scale except were indicated. The book by Ian Sturton may be treated as the essential reference source as it is a good compendium of virtually all battlecruisers and battleships constructed from 1906 onwards. The ship line drawings are showing the profiles of the vessels and the images has been well chosen by the author.

The content is quite comprehensive in its detail and scope. The volume is making a truly perfect desk reference for the naval history students providing extensive technical details of the battleships that were designed in the historical period 1906-1940. The specialists in the field will also find it valuable.

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The author of this volume, Norman Friedman, has prepared its content attempting to provide the readers with clear and understandable descriptions of the array of naval radars from their inception in 1937 to the present, and to examine some of the ideas behind their designs and also behind the way in which they have been mounted aboard warships. Some major pieces of non-radar electronics will also be described and illustrated.

Nearly all radars operate by sending out a stream of pulses made up of short radio waves; the pulses reflect off objects, and the radar detects them on their return. Since radio waves travel through the atmosphere at a constant and very high speed, the short time interval between pulse and reception measures the distance to the radar target.

The radar system, then, consists of a pulsing sources of electrical energy coupled to an antenna which emits corresponding radio pulses in a more or less well-defined beam; and a receiver to detect the returning echo and use it to operate some kind of display device. Each of these simple descriptions hides enormous technical problems, only some of the solutions to which will be touched on here. A must-have volume for the naval history enthusiasts and professional historians...

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The present naval publication comprises several official manuals that have been duly compiled on the basis of the information obtained from numerous official sources. In fact, this is the reprinting of a standard United States Naval Manual giving an excellent representation of the American Navy Fleet at the very end of the World War Two.

It will definitely serve as a very valuable reference book for everyone who is seriously interested in the US Naval forces. The document is intended to be used as a textbook in the official recognition courses since it will be providing all specialists of the naval warfare and just enthusiasts with the readily available technical materials in a single title. The fundamental principle of the vessel recognition is the familiarity with the "total form" of the observed object.

The real character of the vessel cannot be actually determined by one or few featured; it shall rather be done by the familiarity that can be had with the mass of the hull of the vessel taken together with the superstructure to be viewed from greater distances. The salient characteristics of the vessel recognition are demonstrated in their simplest possible forms by silhouettes... Take a look in this document and find out the rare and useful technical information...

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A perfect publication prepared by Neil McCart and published by Maritime Books some years ago. As the name of this book implies, it has been fully dedicated to the last battleship of the British Navy Fleet, HMS Vanguard. This title will tell the readers about the brilliant service history of the subject vessel, starting from the construction phase. Many great photographs are supplementing the technical and historical parts of the book.

HMS Vanguard is the very last British battleship; unfortunately, subject ship was towed away and got scrapped about forty years ago and is now lost forever. It was the decision made by the Royal Navy to dispense the vessel. The book we are now presenting to your attention features a truly superb combination of narrative part and images effectively describing the entire eighteen year career of the ship starting from the day of her launching and to the final destination point at the breaking yard for scrapping.

The book not only presents an overview of these years of brilliant service but also provides a very detailed description of the vessel at sea, as the author of the book gathered so many excellent illustrations and other supporting materials to make the book practical and easy to use.

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Allied Coastal Forces of World War II - Fairmile Designs and U.S. Submarine Chasers    The authors of this excellent volume, John Lambert and Al Ross, have specifically prepared its content to cover the coastal ships of the Allied forces in the Second World War. The content of the publication is covering all ships in detail, providing all required technical information, including the narrative text, ship line drawings and photos. In their work, the authors has been principally concerned with the famous wooden naval warships that were constructed by the FMC, standing for the Fairmile Marine Company. The very idea of the mass-production of minor warships constructed of wood during the war, was  the idea of the founder of Fairmile Company. Each vessel type has been designed and further built in a kit form, allowing the assembly of the ship at different small shipbuilding facilities both in the country and abroad. The ship designs developed by the Fairmile also features the utilization of the basic construction materials, and they were relying on the many newly established and non-naval industries, providing the required materials without actual interference with the product flow from the specialist manufacturers. During the War, the success of the attacks conducted by the submarines of the German Navy and significant increase in minelaying, forced the British Royal Navy to find a method of combating subject threat...

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Japanese Heavy Cruisers of World War II In Action

   In this interesting historical title released by Squadron/Signal Pub. compiled by Wayne Patton and perfectly colored by Don Greer, the famous IJN heavy cruisers that served during the Second World War have been addressed. The readers will find lots of interesting technical information including figures and sketches plus photos of those heavy cruisers. Following famous classes of Japanese heavy cruisers have been described in detail - Yubari, Furutaka, Tone, Aoba, Mogami, Takao, Myoko. The heavy cruisers of the IJN were truly fascinating with their massive pagoda-like superstructures; there were speedy and armed with the "Long Lace" torpedoes. They have established a brilliant "heavy hitter"-reputation during their action throughout the whole Second World War. The present title should supplement another publication by Wayne Patton, dedicated to the Japanese light cruisers serving in the historical period covered. Following the same approach to the layout and content of the book, this volume offers its readers a really huge amount of technical info that includes images, data tables, line drawings and informative text descriptions. One of the most informative titles about the Japanese naval warfare of that times.

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