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Osprey Publishing, 2011. — 81 p. — (Duel). — ISBN 10 1849084734, 13 978-1849084734. Soviet fighter aviation suffered terribly at the hands of the Jagdwaffe in the first year of the war in the east, and with the arrival of JG 51 and its Fw 190s on the Stalingrad Front in September 1942 things only got worse for the hard-pressed Red Army Air Force pilots. However, help was on its...
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Osprey Publishing, 2007 — 80 p. — ISBN 9781846031892 Discover the history of a classic duel as the finest American and German pilots are pitted against each other in the war-torn skies over Europe, in two of the most advanced fighter planes of the age, the P-51 Mustang and the Fw 190. This first book in a new series describes the design and development of these rivals and analyzes...
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Osprey Publishing, 2007. — 80 p. — ISBN 1846031508. The German Tiger heavy tank was a monster of a machine that dominated the battlefields of Europe. One of the most feared weapons of World War II, the Tiger gained an aura of invincibility that was only shattered by the introduction of the Sherman Firefly during the summer of 1944. Specifically designed by the British to combat...
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Osprey Publishing, 2007 — 80 p. — ISBN 9781846031335 Winston Churchill claimed the 'U-boat peril' was the only thing that frightened him during World War II. The U-boat was developed from a small coastal vessel into a state-of-the-art killer, stalking the high seas picking off merchant convoys, until the introduction of the destroyer escort, and the development of dedicated...
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Osprey Publishing, 2007. — 80 p. — ISBN 1846031494. Robert A. Forczyk provides a riveting and intense description of the design and development of these two deadly opponents, the Panther and the T-34, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses and describing their tactics, weaponry and training. Moreover he gives an insight into the lives of the tank crews themselves, who were...
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Osprey Publishing, 2007 — 80 p. — ISBN 9781846031908 Churchill's words, 'never was so much owed by so many to so few', came to encapsulate how, in a few critical months, the entire fate of the British Empire, if not the war, hung in the balance, to be determined by a handful of pilots fighting tirelessly in the skies over Britain. Tony Holmes describes the Battle of Britain, the...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Howard Gerrard. — Osprey Publishing, 2007. — 80 p. The IJN was a pioneer in naval aviation, having commissioned the world's first carrier, which was used against the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. The Americans followed suit, initiating a huge aircraft carrier development program. As the War in the Pacific escalated into the largest naval conflict in history,...
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Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 84 p. — ISBN 1846032938. Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most maneuverable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. Known for the distinctive 'sharkmouth' decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II. Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed 'Oscar.' Carl Molesworth describes and explains the design and development of these two foes, the products of two vastly...
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Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. — (Osprey Duel). — ISBN 978 1846031342. Late in the morning on 21 October 1805, warships from the British and combined French and Spanish fleets clashed off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast. After a six month game of cat and mouse across the Atlantic, 27 British ships of the line engaged the Allied force of 33 ships of the line. This was a duel...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Giuseppe Rava. — Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. This was a duel between the stalwart of the Wehrmacht armored divisions - the Panzerkampfwagen III - and the American's as yet untested M3 Grant. In reality both would prove unequal to the task as they floundered amidst the rugged hills and ravines of the Tunisian landscape. This book charts the design and...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. The largest single engined fighter when the USA entered the war, the P-47 was a monster of a machine. In contrast the Bf 109G was a much smaller aircraft. With all-round better performance than the P-47 at low altitudes the Bf 109G was the staple Defence of the Reich fighter. This book examines the mighty...
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Illustrator: Gareth Hector, Jim Laurier, Tom Tullis. — Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. This book draws us into the dangerous world braved by American and North Vietnamese airmen in the skies over Vietnam. Influential leaders and tacticians are profiled to provide a comparative evaluation of their contrasting skills. This book also reveals the technical specifications of each jet...
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Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. — ISBN 184603292X. In this book Steven J. Zaloga offers a fascinating comparison of the combat performance of the two most important tanks involved in the crucial fighting of 1944, the Sherman and the Panther. Examining the design and development of both tanks, Zaloga notes the obvious superiority that the Panther had over the Sherman and how...
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Osprey Publishing, 2008. — 80 p. — ISBN 1846032326. The Ironclad was a revolutionary weapon of war. Although iron was used for protection in the Far East during the 16th century, it was the 19th century and the American Civil War that heralded the first modern armored self-propelled warships. With the parallel pressures of civil war and the industrial revolution, technology...
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Illustrator: Howard Gerrard, Ian Palmer, Tony Bryan. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. The first major clash between a European and Asian state in the modern era signalled the beginning of Japan's rise as a major power on the world stage. Watched by the rest of the world's superpowers, this incredibly violent war was disastrous for the Russians who, despite their superior...
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Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. — ISBN 1846034337. Products of vastly different design philosophies, the Seafire F III and the A6M Zero were never intended to meet in combat, and never should have. Yet the harsh necessities of war intervened and these two planes were pitted against each other in the last dogfight of World War II, high above the Japanese home lands. The Zero,...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Mark Postlethwaite, Harry Dempsey. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. This is the gripping story of two of the best fighters produced in World War I as they duelled in the skies above the trenches in the closing months of the war. The Fokker D VII earned a reputation as the most formidable fighter of the war, yet the SPAD XIII's greater speed, especially...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armoured, highly mobile and capable of killing at over 2500m the M1 Abrams is, to this day, a veritable fighting machine. Superior to both Iraq's Soviet era T-55 and T-62 tanks, nearly all sources claim that no Abrams...
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Illustrator: Peter Bull, Giuseppe Rava. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. Famed as a classic naval duel, a one-on-one clash between two sailing frigates offered the victor immeasurable fame and glory. During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy and United States Navy squared off in four such duels, the most famous that between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerrière. Ships and tactics...
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Illustrator: Harry Dempsey, Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. Amid the ongoing quest for aerial superiority during World War I, the late spring of 1917 saw two competing attempts to refine proven designs. The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5a incorporated improvements to the original SE 5 airframe along with 50 more horsepower to produce a fast, reliable ace-maker. The...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Howard Gerrard, Griff Wason. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. Conceived at the height of World War II, the British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 were initially expected to counter the formidable Panther and Tiger tanks of Germany. But as the Cold War unfolded, these machines prepared instead for the coming struggle between NATO and the Warsaw Pact....
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Illustrator: Paul Wright, Howard Gerrard. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presents the cruiser clashes during the battles for Guadacanal , highlighting the Battle of Savo Island and the Battle of Cape Esperance. The first was a Japanese...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. The Vietnam War placed unexpected demands upon American military forces and equipment.The principal US naval fighter, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom, had originally been designed to defend the Fleet from air attack at long range. However, its tremendous power and bomb-carrying capacity made it an obvious...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2009. — 80 p. The Fw 190 was one of the best air superiority aircraft of World War II, and when it first appeared over the Channel in 1941 it sent shockwaves through the Allied air commands. By 1944, these fighters had been up-gunned to serve as the front line of defence against the Allied bombing campaign. Although the...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Howard Gerrard, Tony Bryan, Tim Brown. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. After the fall of France in 1940, Germany attempted to strangle Britain into submission by attacking the Atlantic Convoys, which brought much need supplies and war materiel from the USA and Canada. While the U-boats attacked from beneath the seas, the Germans modified a civilian...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. With its distinctive, twin-tailed design, the P-38 was one of the most recognizable fighter aircraft of World War II. It was also one of the best. The perfect balance of speed, firepower and range, it made a formable opponent during the crucial battles for the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. In response,...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. During World War II, the Kriegsmarine armed a number of merchant vessels with concealed guns and torpedo tubes for surprise attacks against Allied shipping. To counter this deadly threat, the Royal Navy employed cruisers and their intelligence-gathering apparatus to find and destroy the disguised German commerce raiders....
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. Although the opposing forces of the Six Day War were both flying comparable third-generation Mach 2 jet fighters, the pilots were trained to different standards, and were expected to utilize different tactics. Using the latest research, first-hand accounts, and specially commissioned artwork, Shlomo Aloni tells the...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. The Hurricane was the RAF's first monoplane fighter and saw significant combat during the fight over France and the Battle of Britain. One of its principal opponents in 1940 was the Bf 110 twin-engined, two-seat heavy fighter. Following the invasion of France, these fighters clashed regularly as the RAF's...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. Designed for the battlefields of Europe at the height of the Cold War, the M60 and T-62 were the premier combat tanks of their day. However, it was in the deserts of the Middle East that they finally met in battle. This new Duel title examines the design and development of these main battle tanks, identifying their...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Howard Gerrard. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. In 1916, in the seas near Jutland, two fleets of armoured dreadnoughts met in open battle. This book tells the story of the British and German battleships of these two great fleets - from their development as the first generation of fullyarmoured warships - to their combat experiences. The differing weapon...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. A hotly-debated topic amongst tank buffs is of the relative merits of the Soviet and American tanks of World War II. Using recently revealed documents, Steven Zaloga sheds light on the crucial tank battles of the Korean War as the rival superpowers' finest tanks battled for supremacy. The Soviet-equipped North...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2011. — 80 p. The Battle of France in 1940 involved the first large-scale tank-against-tank battles in history. The massive clashes at Stonne, Hannant, and Gembloux involved hundreds of tanks on both sides, yet have faded from memory due to the enourmity of the French defeat. This book examines two of the premier opposing tanks...
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Osprey Publishing, 2011. — 81 p. — ISBN 1849084718. Although America entered the Vietnam War with some of the world's most sophisticated combat aircraft, the majority of their missions involved conventional bombing and fighter engagements that employed quite similar tactics to those previously used in the Korean War and World War 2. The real step change in aerial fighting came...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2010. — 80 p. When originally conceived, the French SPAD VII and German Albatros D II represented steps away from an emphasis on manoeuvre in aerial combat in favour of speed and durability. At the end of 1916, however, Albatros tried to have the best of both worlds. The result combined the better downward view and manoeuvrability of...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Peter Dennis. — Osprey Publishing, 2011. — 80 p. This book examines the technology and strategy that defined the outcome of the battles between the King Tiger and the IS-2. The Soviets had been quick to develop tanks that could fight the Tiger on an equal footing, but these were developed as part of a completely different strategy than that employed by...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2011. — 80 p. Although the P-40 and the Bf 109 joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in 1941, the German fighter had already racked up a considerable combat career, dating back to 1937 in Spain. In contrast, the P-40 was a bit of an unknown quantity and was making its combat debut in the hands of...
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Illustrator: Peter Dennis. — Osprey Publishing, 2011. — 80 p. The most successful commerce raider of the Civil War, the CSS Alabama almost single-handedly drove United States merchant shipping from the seas. Her illustrious career saw the capture of 60 merchant ships and two duels with ships of the US Navy. This book gives the complete story of the development of the Confederacy's...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. In reviewing reports of air combat from Spain, China and the early stages of the war in Europe, the US Army Air Corps called for heavier armor and armament for its bomber fleet, including the addition of a tail turret. While Japan tried to counter with their own heavy fighters, their inability to produce...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Mark Postlethwaite, James F. Miller. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. Flown by Victoria Cross recipient Lanoe Hawker and the members of No 24 Sqn, the ungainly yet nimble DH 2 helped the Allies attain air superiority over the Somme in early 1916 and hold it through the summer. With its rotary engine 'pusher' configuration affording excellent visibility...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. Although US and Japanese tank forces first clashed in 1941, it was on in 1944 that tank-vs-tank action became more common as both sides poured larger numbers of tanks into the combat zone. These battles were a means of demonstrating each side's latest tank technology. For the US, the pinnacle of their tank...
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Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava, Peter Bull. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. The clash between the American Bonhomme Richard and the British HMS Serapis during the American Revolutionary War is perhaps the most famous single-ship duel in history. This epic battle between two very similar ships - and crews - off the coast of Britain in September 1779 created two naval heroes: in...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences. Indeed, it could have been much worse, for by the end of the war the Germans had manufactured close to 32,000 flying bombs. The defences put forward to guard against the V1 were formidable -...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Peter Dennis. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. n the Soviet side, based upon lessons from the Spanish Civil War, the Red Army decided to develop a heavy "breakthrough” tank to smash enemy infantry defenses. This resulted in the KV-1 and KV-2 tanks, introduced in 1939. At the start of Operation Barbarossa, both these tanks were virtually invulnerable to...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. Both the Gloster Gladiator and the Fiat CR.42 Falco represented the peak in the development of the biplane fighter, which could trace its lineage back to World War I. However, by the time both aircraft entered service in the late 1930s, they were already obsolete. Nevertheless, they gave sterling service...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Giuseppe Rava. — Osprey Publishing, 2012. — 80 p. This book covers the fierce night naval battles fought between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy during late 1943 as the Allies advanced slowly up the Solomons Islands toward the major Japanese naval base at Rabaul. During this period, several vicious actions were fought featuring the most modern...
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Illustrator: Peter Dennis, Ian Palmer. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. The German A7V and the British Mark IV were similar in weight, size, and speed, but differed significantly in armour, armament and maneuverability. The A7V had thicker armour, and had nearly double the horsepower per ton. The Mark IV's pair of side-mounted 6pdr cannons forced the vehicle to present its side...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Wiek Luijken. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. As the routed North Korean People's Army (NKPA) withdrew into the mountainous reaches of their country and the People's Republic of China (PRC) funneled in its massive infantry formations in preparation for a momentous counter-offensive, both lacked adequate air power to challenge US and UN. Reluctantly,...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. The RAF introduced the Avro Lancaster in 1942 and used it to spearhead this aerial offensive. In response, the Luftwaffe created an elite nightfighter force based primarily upon the Bf 110. The Luftwaffe was quick to equip it with airborne radar that allowed it to intercept and destroy Lancasters over...
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Illustrator: Peter Dennis. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. In the Age of Fighting Sail (1650-1820), ambitious officers of the navies of many nations sought command of a frigate. Speedy, nimble and formidably armed, frigates often operated independently, unlike the larger ships of the line. Legendary sailors such as Edward Pellew and Charles-Alexandre Léon Durand, Comte de...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. The Allies' M10 Tank Destroyer and the Germans' Sturmgeschütz (StuG) lll were the unsung workhorses of the northwest European battlefields of 1944-45. While their mission was not principally fighting one another, their widespread use ensured their frequent encounters, from the Normandy Bocage, to the rubble-strewn...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. The Grumman F4F Wildcat and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were contemporaries, although designed to very different requirements. The Wildcat, ruggedly built to survive the rigors of carrier operations, was the best carrier fighter the US Navy had available when the USA entered World War II, and it remained...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Mark Postlethwaite, James F. Miller. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. In the spring of 1916 the deployment of the RFC's FE 2 - with its rotary engine ‘pusher' configuration affording excellent visibility for its pilot and observer, and removing the need for synchronized machine guns - helped wrest aerial dominance from Imperial Germany's Fokker...
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Illustrator: Paul Wright, Ian Palmer. — Osprey Publishing, 2013. — 80 p. The rival battlecruisers first clashed in January 1915 at Dogger Bank in the North Sea and although the battle was a British tactical victory with neither side losing any of its battlecruisers, the differences in the designs of the British and German ships were already apparent. The two sides responded very...
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Illustrator: Peter Dennis, Ian Palmer. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. Q ships came in all shapes and sizes - coastal steamer, trawler, barque, yacht or schooner - but all had to look harmless in order to lure their opponents to the surface and encourage them to attack. Armaments differed according to ship size; steamers commonly had 4in guns mounted amidships and in the bow,...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. As World War II in Europe reached its end, armour development and doctrine had experienced several years of massively accelerated change, especially within the crucible of the Eastern Front. The German Jagdpanther and Soviet SU-100, both turretless tank-destroyer designs based on a ‘traditional' turret-tank...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Mark Postlethwaite. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. The appearance in July 1915 of the Fokker E I heralded a reign of terror over the Western Front that the Allies called the ‘Fokker Scourge'. The French Nieuport 11 was one type desperately thrown into action to counter the Fokkers. The swirling dogfights between this fighter - and its more powerful...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. The inability of the Italians and Germans to invade Malta proved decisive for Allied victory in the Mediterranean during World War II, as the islands provided the Allies with a base from which to project air power. Early Italian efforts to pound the islands into submission were supplemented by major German...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. Revered by Naval Aviators as the ‘last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader enjoyed great success against VPAF MiG-17s during the Rolling Thunder campaign of 1966-68. But, the MiG-17's unequalled low-speed manoeuvrability, small size and powerful...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. The Grumman F6F Hellcat and Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were the two principal opposing fighters in the brutal aerial clashes of the Pacific War from 1943 onwards. Reminiscent of the preceding F4F Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat was designed specifically to counter the earlier A6M2 Zero-sen, the strengths and...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2014. — 80 p. The armour clashes in May 1940 were the biggest the world had yet seen, as the sweeping German advances of that period came to epitomize Blitzkrieg. The Wehrmacht's Panzer III was well matched by the French Somua S35 tanks, the two representing very different design philosophies and yet both ranking among the best...
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Illustrator: Peter Dennis. — Osprey Publishing, 2015. — 80 p. For four hundred years the Byzantine Empire's naval forces vied with the warships of the Islamic world for mastery of the Mediterranean. At the heart of this confrontation were the fighting vessels of the two powers, the Byzantine dromon and the Arabic shalandi, both oared warships. In those four centuries of warfare...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector, Andrey Yurgenson. — Osprey Publishing, 2015. — 80 p. Step into the cockpits of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the Red Air Force's Yaks 1-7, two fighters which were involved in some of the largest, fiercest aerial battles in history. The Iconic Messerschmitt fighter and its combat hardened pilots inflicted a fearful beating on the Yaks in the...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2015. — 80 p. Hitler's lightning invasion of Poland in 1939 marked the beginning of World War II in Europe. This was the period when armoured warfare inscribed itself into global consciousness as the Poles desperately sought to stave off the Blitzkrieg. At the heart of the fighting on the ground, large numbers of Nazi Germany's...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. With stunning artwork and detailed analysis, this volume provides a pilot's view of the dramatic clashes between these two legendary fighters, as some of the most gifted and ‘big name' aces of World War II went head to head in the skies of North-West Europe. As the Battle of Britain approached its...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2015. — 80 p. As the Pacific War approached a crescendo, the clashes between swarming US Navy carrier aircraft, and the gigantic Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Yamato-class battleships became symbolic of the fortunes of the two nations. They also served as a metaphor for the profound changes in naval technology and doctrine that the war...
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Illustrator: Richard Chasemore. — Osprey Publishing, 2015. — 80 p. As the Allies attempted to break out of Normandy, it quickly became apparent that there would be no easy victory over the Germans, and that every scrap of territory on the way to Berlin would have to be earned through hard fighting. This study concentrates on, the ferocious battles between the German Panzer IV and...
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Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland. — Osprey Publishing, 2016. — 80 p. The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 witnessed some of the largest tank battles since World War II, notably between India's British-made Centurion Mk 7s and the American-made M48 Pattons fielded by Pakistan. The two countries' tank regiments, many of which shared a proud legacy in the British Indian Army,...
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Osprey Publishing, 2016. — 82 p. — (Osprey Duel). — ISBN-10: 1472812700. — ISBN-13: 978-1472812704. Designed following the relatively poor performance of America's multi-role fighters during the Vietnam War, the F-15 Eagle was conceived as a dedicated air superiority fighter. But, having trained for 15 years in the Eagle it wasn't Eastern Bloc operated MiGs that the F-15...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2016. — 80 p. The Vought Corsair was the first American single-engined fighter to exceed 400 mph and establish dominance over the legendary Mitsubishi Type Zero-sen. The Ki-84 Hayate was introduced by the Japanese specifically to counter this growing American dominance of the skies over the Pacific. Built in greater...
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Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Peter Dennis. — Osprey Publishing, 2016. — 80 p. As the war in North Africa escalated, Axis war efforts became increasingly dependent on supply lines across the Mediterranean. To try to cut off these lines of supply the British deployed submarines from the besieged island of Malta with the directive to sink as much merchant convoy tonnage as possible....
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Illustrator: Alan Gilliland, Johnny Shumate. — Osprey Publishing, 2016. — 80 p. In the mid-1960s, the Soviet Union unveiled the BMP, the first true infantry fighting vehicle. A revolutionary design, the BMP marked a significant departure from the traditional armoured personnel carrier, with a lower silhouette and heavier armament than rival APCs. One of the most fearsome...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2016. — 80 p. The ineffectiveness of conventional air attacks on US Navy surface ships, particularly heavily defended targets like carrier task groups, forced the Japanese to re-evaluate their tactics in late 1944. The solution they arrived at was simple - crash their aircraft into American ships. This notion of self-sacrifice fit...
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Osprey Publishing Limited, 2016. — 84 p. — (Osprey Duel). — ISBN: 978-1-4728-1249-0. World War II saw tanks assume a dominant role in warfare, capable of tearing through the enemy lines if left unchecked. To combat the threat posed by these armoured behemoths the United States developed the M1 Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher, better known as the Bazooka. First employed in combat during...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. The tank battles in the Soviet Union during the summer of 1941 were the largest in World War II, exceeding even the more famous Prokhorovka encounter during the Kursk campaign. Indeed, they were the largest tank battles ever fought. This book examines two evenly matched competitors in this conflict, the German Panzer...
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Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. — (Osprey Duel). — ISBN 978-1472815828 The most critical naval fighting during the War of 1812 took place, not on the high seas, but on the inland lakes of North America: the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Carrying between 12 and 22 cannon, the British and American sloops-of-war were ship-rigged, brig-rigged or schooner-rigged vessels. Lakes...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. During the final battles on World War II's Western Front, the legendary German Tiger I heavy tank clashed with the brand-new M26 Pershing fielded by the United States. The Tiger I had earned a formidable reputation by the end of 1944, although its non-sloped armour and poor mobility meant it was being superseded by the...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. Following Argentina's military operation to take possession of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government launched a major naval operation to return them to British rule. Defending the Royal Navy task force were two small squadrons totalling 20 Sea Harriers...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 "Tojo". Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American...
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Illustrator: Alan Gilliland, Paul Wright. — Osprey Publishing, 2017. — 80 p. In the build-up to World War II both the United States and Japan believed their battleships would play a central role in battle, but after the Pacific War began in December 1941, the role of the battleship proved to be much more limited than either side expected. There would be only two battleship vs...
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Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. The 1973 Yom Kippur War rewrote the textbook on the tactics of modern armored warfare. Unlike the previous major Arab-Israeli war of 1967, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) faced an enemy that had invested heavily in modern Soviet weapon systems and tactics. Using detailed colour artwork and insightful...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. When Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin's rigid airship LZ 1 flew over Lake Constance in 1900, it was the most advanced and impressive flying machine in the world: a colossal, lighter-than-air craft capable of controlled flight. In World War I, Zeppelins were first used in a reconnaissance role, but on 19 January 1915 Kaiser...
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Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. By 1944, the evolution of armoured doctrine had produced very different outcomes in Britain and Germany. Offering a good balance of speed, protection and firepower, the British Cromwell tank was much faster than its German opponent, but the Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer had a high-velocity main gun and...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. After the huge advances made in the early months of the Pacific war, it was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30,000 ft....
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Illustrator: Paul Wright, Alan Gilliland. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. The opening months of World War II saw Britain's Royal Navy facing a resurgent German navy, the Kriegsmarine. Following the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in early April 1940, British and German destroyers would clash in a series of battles for control of the Norwegian coast. The operational...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. Ever since its introduction in the late 1950s, the B-52 Stratofortress has been the United States' primary heavy bomber and a powerful symbol of its immense military might. Its powerful electronic countermeasures equipment (ECM) was thought to make the B-52 immune to ground-to-air missile attack, but in...
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Illustrator: Paul Wright. — Osprey Publishing, 2018. — 80 p. Leading up to the Pacific War, Japanese naval strategists believed that a decisive fleet engagement would be fought against the United States Navy. Outnumbered by the USN, the Imperial Japanese Navy planned to use its large, ocean-going submarines to chip away at its opponent before the grand battle. In order to...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. By the early months of 1944 in the Pacific, the US Navy's burgeoning force of carrier-based F6F-3/5 Hellcats had pretty much wiped the skies clear of Japanese fighters during a series of one-sided aerial engagements. However, starting in October they faced the superb Kawanishi N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai, a...
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Illustrator: Paul Wright, Alan Gilliland. — Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. The 1894-95 war between China and Japan, known in the West as the First Sino-Japanese War, lasted only nine months, but its impact resonates today. The Chinese Beiyang (Northern) Fleet was led by her flagship, Dingyuan, and her sister ship, Zhenyuan, which were the biggest in Asia; German-built armoured...
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Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. Just weeks after Pearl Harbor, Darwin was mauled by a massive Japanese attack. Without a single fighter to defend Australian soil, the Australian government made a special appeal to Britain for Spitfires. A year later the Spitfire VC-equipped No 1 Fighter Wing, RAAF, faced the battle-hardened 202nd Kokutai of the IJNAF, equipped with A6M2...
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Illustrator: Alan Gilliland, Johnny Shumate. — Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. During the Vietnam War, both the United States and the Soviet Union supplied all manner of weapon systems to the opposing sides, including tanks and armoured vehicles. Two tanks in particular took momentary prominence in the later years of the conflict. On the South Vietnamese side, it was the US M41...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. The F-105D Thunderchief was originally designed as a low-altitude nuclear strike aircraft, but the outbreak of the Vietnam War led to it being used instead as the USAF's primary conventional striker against the exceptionally well-defended targets in North Vietnam and Laos. F-105 crews conducted...
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Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. In the summer of 1944, the Red Army staged a massive armoured assault up the Karelian Isthmus with the intent of eliminating any remaining German and Finnish forces facing the Leningrad region. Most of the Soviet units sent into Finland were new to the region, moving mainly from the fighting in the Leningrad area. As a result, some had the latest...
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Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector. — Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. Arguably two of the finest piston-engined fighters ever built, the Tempest V and Fw 190D-9 raised the bar in terms of aircraft design and operational capability during World War II. The long-nosed ‘Dora 9', designed by Kurt Tank, first appeared in the skies over the Western and Eastern Fronts in the late...
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Osprey Publishing, 2019. — 80 p. In the summer of 1944, across the battlefields of Normandy, US tanks were confronted with a dangerous challenge: the mobile and deadly Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck anti-tank weapons wielded by the German infantry. Having only occasionally encountered such weaponry before, the US tankers were ill-equipped to defend against this kind of attack, and...
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