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  • Ulysses S. Grantby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 9.95

    Ulysses Grant was his country's greatest general since George Washington. Like Washington, Grant's battlefield performance was the only factor standing between the United States continuing as one, indivisible nation. Grant was the keystone of Union victory, a man whose removal would have resulted in the Union cause crumbling into defeat - and the... more...

  • George Washingtonby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 9.95

    Despite his lack of formal military training, George Washington may be one of history's must underrated commanders. Building an army virtually from scratch, he defeated the pre-eminent military power of his day. Although, he made mistakes, especially early in the war when he composed over-complicated plans that proved beyond the ability of his army... more...

  • Bonhomme Richard vs Serapisby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    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 victory, John Paul Jones became a figure that... more...

  • CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsargeby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 15.95

    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 commerce raiding force and... more...

  • American Heavy Frigates 1794-1826by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    By 1805 the 44-gun frigate was probably viewed as a failed experiment whilst the 38-gun frigate was viewed as the vessel of the future. Ten years later every navy was building 44-gun frigates and today it is viewed as the symbol of the Napoleonic-era cruiser. This remarkable transformation resulted from the performance of three ships - the Constitution,... more...

  • Space Shuttle Launch System 1972-2004by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The Space Shuttle is one of the oldest and most famous manned launch systems - the only launch vehicle that has been used for a longer period of time is the Soviet (now Russian) R-7 booster. By the start of the third millennium, the Space Shuttle had carried crews into space over 85 times. Although not a military structure, the Shuttle had been sold... more...

  • Constitution vs Guerriereby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    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 Guerri¸re. Ships and tactics between the two nations varied enormously,... more...

  • American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The 'Original Six' frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of nearly $700,000. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy. Alongside stirring... more...

  • Ships of the American Revolutionary Navyby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    Mark Lardas explores the origins of American warships, primarily light and medium frigates, built for the Continental Navy during the years 1776-1783. This was the first navy of the United States and much of the fleet was comprised of ships that had been modified from existing vessels, converted into warships to provide a crucial service during the... more...

  • Roughshod Through Dixie - Grierson's Raid 1863by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 9.95

    On April 17, 1863 Benjamin Grierson led a force of 1,700 Union cavalrymen across enemy lines into Confederate-held Tennessee in a bold diversionary raid. Over the next seventeen days, Grierson's horsemen caused havoc by destroying railroad lines, attacking outposts, burning military stores and fighting numerous small actions, before breaking back... more...