02.04.2017

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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29.03.2017

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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29.03.2017

Japanese Light Cruisers of World War II In Action

   When Japan joined the World War Two in December of 1941, the IJN - Imperial Japanese Navy - was made up of old 5500-ton light cruisers. The newest of them were three ships of Sendai class commissioned in 1925. The 10000-ton Tone and Mogami classes of cruisers had been designed secretly with 6-inch main armament in triple or 8-inch main guns in double turrets (they could be changed over), and this allowed them to be converted into heavy cruisers. The two Tone-class and four Mogami-class ships were modified and entered the War as part of the Imperial Japanese Navy heavy cruiser force... This publication shall be treated as an excellent companion to Wayne Patton's volume on the Japanese heavy cruisers of the Second World War, offering the readers comprehensive and perfectly illustrated overview. The tonnage of the vessels addressed n the present document varies between 5500 and 1000. Those vessels had a truly distinctive look - they were narrower and longer in comparison to their American counterparts. The cruisers were armed with the famous and deadly "Long Lace" torpedoes and were considered extremely dangerous opponents at sea. The content of the book provides an interesting and informative text summarizing the design matters and service life of each class of the Japanese light cruisers accompanies by many images and artwork...

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29.03.2017

Schnellboot In Action

   Several forces shaped the best MTB of World War Two, the Schnellhoot. These included the invention of the torpedo, developments in the engine, and restriction of the Treaty of Versailles, American contract for a luxury yacht, and, of course, naval hegemony of Great Britain forces. The term Schnellboot is the German for "speedboat" and we often referred to her as S-Boat. Just the same as when we use the term U-Boat to address submarines. The Kaiserliche Marine - Imperial German Navy - deployed their first motorboats in 1914, just before the World War One. These MTBs were well equipped to carry torpedo tubes; but, a torpedo shortage resulted in their redeployment in the Unterseeboot Zerstorer role. The content of the volume has been perfectly executed and supplemented with many photographs of a very good quality. The author has included all necessary underlying technical details of these remarkably effective vessels. The book is highly recommended to the naval historians and ship model makers. The text part and data diagrams related to the vessels have been supplemented with several pages of the color artwork by Don Greer making the reading amazing and interesting even to the general reader.

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29.03.2017

U.S. Flush Deck Destroyers In Action

   Al Adcock's book named "US Flush Deck Destroyers In Action" addresses four major classes of United States destroyers, namely Wickes, Sampson, Caldwell and Clemson. They all were designed for the purpose of ocean escort with top speed thus allowing them to keep station with the fastest battle cruisers if that time. The Sampson class deck destroyers were a transition design bringing together old destroyer design and flush deck design, while Caldwell class deck destroyers were some kind of test beds for the later Clemson and Wickes classes, which saw improved seaworthiness, higher speeds, greater range etc. The so-called flush deck destroyers of the American Navy constructed during and straight after the First World War, were outdated and actually ready to go for scrapping by the beginning of the Second World War. However, they were put into active service and actually all of them performed well, meeting the expectations of the commanders of the American, British, Canadian, Soviet and other navy fleets of the world, including one destroyer serving even within the IJN, i.e. Imperial Japanese Navy. As it's a case with any other publication b the author, it provides all interested readers with a wealth of technical information about these destroyers, supplemented with the numerous data and plans plus images.

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29.03.2017

PT Boats In Action

   The authors of this publication have assembled a good quick reference for PT Boat modelers and enthusiasts, with these fifty pages on United States PT Boats that participated in World War Two. The book contains valuable text part and many color and black-and-white photos. There are numerous photographs allowing the reader to trace the various PT boat designs together with their subsequent improvements. Such boats also served in other theatres, but they are best remembered for their work in the Pacific. The book must be extremely useful for kit modelers, who may use the photographs as some sort of reference for the location of various equipment pieces as well as armament these PT boats were outfitted with. An excellent visual reference source that will definitely serve as a very useful addition to any collection. This release of the paper provides a brief yet quite comprehensive overview of the American PT boats. The content of the volume is remarkably informative and is covering a broad variety of boats. While the text part of the book has been minimized, it contains a huge number of images covering every single type of the boats that were deployed during the Second World War together with the equipment installed on them, armaments, schemes, deck arrangements and other supplementary technical information.

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29.03.2017

Vosper MTBs In Action

   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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29.03.2017

A study of the worlds naval surface-to-air missile defence system

   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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