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Gunboats Of World War I

Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472805003
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Naval action in World War I conjures up images of enormous dreadnoughts slugging it out in vast oceans. Yet the truth is that more sailors were killed serving on gunboats and monitors operating far from the naval epicentre of the war than were ever killed at Jutland. Gunboat engagements during this war were bloody and hard fought, if small in scale. Austrian gunboats on the Danube fired the first shots of the war, whilst German, British and Belgian gunboats fought one of the strangest, most intriguing naval campaigns in history in far-flung Lake Tanganyika. From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, from the Balkans to Mesopotamia, gunboats played an influential part in the story of World War I. This detailed technical guide to the gunboats of all the major navies of the war means that, for the first time, the story can be told.

American Amphibious Gunboats In World War Ii

Author: Robin L. Rielly
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 147660214X
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As the United States began its campaign against numerous Japanese-held islands in the Pacific, Japanese tactics required them to develop new weapons and strategies. One of the most crucial to the island assaults was a new group of amphibious gunboats that could deliver heavy fire close in to shore as American forces landed. These gunboats were also to prove important in the interdiction of inter-island barge traffic and, late in the war, the kamikaze threat. Several variations of these gunboats were developed, based on the troop carrying LCI(L). They included three conversions of the LCI(L), with various combinations of guns, rockets and mortars, and a fourth gunboat, the LCS(L), based on the same hull but designed as a weapons platform from the beginning. By the end of the war the amphibious gunboats had proven their worth.

U S Patrol Torpedo Boats In World War Ii 1939 1945

Author: T. Garth Connelly
Publisher: Nimble Books LLC
ISBN: 1608880133
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This is a comprehensive illustrated history of PT boats in World War II. The author, a lifelong student of PTs, briefly describes the pre-war experimental boat designs to give the reader a lead in to the war-time boats. He then covers the four classes of PT boats in service with the USN in World War II, describing the differences from boat to boat in detail. Every weapon system used on board US PTs in WWII is described and discussed, from machine guns to rocket launchers. For the first time in any great detail, the author gives a history of the six known all gun gunboats which were converted from PTs (three Elco and three Higgins) and has both drawings and photos of these gunboats (including John F. Kennedy's PT-59). Model-builders will appreciate the drawings that contain actual color chips for the various camouflage systems applied to the boats. There are also many color photos to aide modelers in painting accurate paint schemes. The author also discusses and identifies each of the radars used on PT boats in the later stages of the war. A substantial chapter on operational experience discusses how PT boats were used in every theater of war, from Pearl Harbor to D-Day and beyond. Finally, the author provides the fate of every PT boat that now survives. One hundred forty-eight photographs and drawings, full color interior.

The War Of The Gun Boats

Author: Bryan Cooper
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 9781848840188
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Originally published as: Battle of the torpedo boats. London: Macdonald & Co., 1970.

World War I

Author: Spencer Tucker
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851094202
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Featuring a wealth of new information and the work of acclaimed scholars from around the world, this monumental resource is the new standard reference on the 20th century's most influential conflict. * 1,219 A–Z entries covering military culture and tactics for all engaged armies in unprecedented depth, describing important events (the sinking of the Lusitania, the Arab revolt), cultural and political figures (Ferdinand Foch, Wilfred Owen), geopolitical agreements (the covenant of the League of Nations), social issues (the role of religions), and much more * 175 contributors, including scholars from the United States, Britain, China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia, giving this encyclopedia an unprecedented global perspective * A separate primary source volume with 195 official documents, diary entries, and letters from all types of people involved in the war, with introductory information to place the documents in historical context * An opening section of 35 battle and locational maps providing the geographic context necessary to understand how the conflict moved and where and why the battlefield stalled * Insightful introductory essays that discuss the root causes of the war, the catalyzing events that lead to the outbreak of war, an overview of the war itself, and a discussion of the long-term impact of the war, providing context for the A–Z entries that follow * A list of comparative military ranks, glossary, historiography, and general bibliography, plus a comprehensive chronology providing researchers and readers with a sense of time and relationship between the major events of the conflict

The War Of The Motor Gun Boats

Author: A. J. Chapman
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473830087
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Tony Chapman was born in Southampton in 1924. Aged 16 he watched with horror as the historic High Street of Southampton burnt to the ground in a firestorm caused by a heavy German bombing raid on the night of 30 November 1940. He vowed to join up and fight back. Tony joined the Navy.??Within hours of being posted to his first Motor Gun Boat, Telegraphist Tony Chapman was involved in an epic Coastal Forces engagement when his flotilla took on a force of thirty E-boats. Although their unit of two MGBs sank three E-Boats, it was at a high cost. Half of Tony's shipmates were killed or injured.??This was the start of an eventful and dramatic wartime service with these little warships. Tony's flotilla operated in the Mediterranean and Aegean where the Motor Gun Boats played a key role in this important but often neglected theatre.rnDaily life on these small ships is vividly described. The flotilla had a busy time showing the flag in the Levant and on combined operations in the Aegean with the Greek Sacred Regiment of Commandos. The culmination of their efforts was when Tony's boat, ML838, took the surrender of the Island of Kos in 1945.rnrnWritten from the perspective of one of the “other ranks”, War of the Motor Gun Boats fills an important gap in the literature of the Second World War.??As featured in the North Devon Journal and Exmoor Magazine.

Gunboat Small Ships At War

Author: Bryan Perrett
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780225229
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This is naval action adventure with a difference - thirteen naval engagements in which gunboats won the day against every kind of enemy, large and small Britain, like other colonial powers, established, controlled and accessed her empire from the seas. It was realised that the preservation of secure trading conditions required armed ships able to operate in shallow coastal and river waters. The gunboat was developed to meet this need: a small, shallow-draft, steam-powered screw or paddle driven vessel, sufficiently fast and manoeuvrable to take the enemy, whether on shore or afloat, by surprise. In this book Bryan Perrett recounts thirteen episodes of exciting gunboat action, ranging from the Burma war in 1824, through two world wars and on to the dramatic escape of the Amethyst down the Yangtze in 1949.

Fighting Amphibs

Author: Donald L. Ball
Publisher: Mill Neck Pub
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FIGHTING AMPHIBS fills a gap in World War II naval history. It is the story of 130 gunboats (Landing Craft Support, Large) to which historians have never given adequate recognition. LCSs were built in 1944 to support invasions with massive rocket fire, which they did successfully a number of times in the Philippines, Borneo, Iwo Jima & Okinawa. However LCSs also proved to be among the most useful naval vessels in the Pacific & were nicknamed the "Mighty Midgets" at Okinawa, where they served on radar picket stations. There they destroyed scores of kamikaze planes, extinguished fires on 20 ships, kept stricken ships afloat, cared for hundreds of wounded, & rescued over 2,600 men from drowning. And they rendered valuable services in other areas as well. What makes this war chronicle vivid as well as heartwarming & even at times humorous is that much of the story is told in the words of men who lived it. Using sources from Navy records & correspondence, Mr. Ball includes over a hundred quotations by the sailors involved, along with 51 illustrations. To order send $19.95 to Mill Neck Publications, 1 Cole Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Virginia residents add .90 sales tax.

Coastal Forces At War

Author: David Jefferson
Publisher: Haynes Publications
ISBN: 9781852604998
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Coastal Forces at WarJeffersonSubtitled: Royal Navy Little Ships in World War 2. The amazing story of the fast patrol boats that kept Britains coastal waters free of enemy craft during WWII. Jefferson describes the layout, armament, engines, crew and role of these Little Ships, and explains training, life ashore and conditions at sea. Fully reveals German E-Boat operations, and details the development of Motor Gun Boats and high-speed Motor Launches. Hdbd., 6x 9, 28 pgs., 75 bandw ill.