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  • F-105 Thunderchief MiG Killers of the Vietnam Warby Peter Davies; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    USAF Rolling Thunder strike missions tactically assaulted North Vietnamese defenses, overcoming MiG fighter jets and SAM (surface to air) missiles to devastate North Vietnam's industrial base strategically. Despite its "F-for-fighter" designation, the F-105 was designed and purchased to give the USAF an aircraft for delivery of nuclear weapons at... more...

  • F-8 Crusader vs MiG-17by Peter Mersky; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    This book covers the actions fought between two of the best known fighters of the Vietnam War, in action over the North during the early years of the conflict. Revered by Naval Aviators as the "last of the gunfighters" due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon (its great naval rival, the F-4 Phantom II, was exclusively armed with missiles),... more...

  • M1 Abrams vs T-72 Uralby Steven Zaloga; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 14.49

    The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armored, 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 tank has ever been destroyed... more...

  • Jagdgeschwader 7 Nowotnyby Robert Forsyth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 20.95

    When the revolutionary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter first appeared in the skies over northwest Europe in mid-1944, it represented one of the greatest challenges to Allied air superiority. The first group to solely fly jet fighters, Jagdgeschwader 7 was tasked with wrestling back command of the skies. Put almost immediately into action, despite... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109by Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    Although the P-40 and the Bf 109 both joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in early 1941, the venerable German fighter was already fully sorted with a combat career dating back to 1937 in Spain, while the American fighter was making its combat debut in the hands of the RAF's Desert Air Force. Both aircraft were low-wing designs... more...

  • King Tiger vs IS-2by David Higgins; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    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 the Germans. The King Tiger was a modern... more...

  • La-5/7 vs Fw 190by Dmitriy Khazanov; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    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 way in the form of the re-engined LaGG-3 fighter, which... more...

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! - Pearl Harbor 1941by Mark Stille; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 9.95

    The Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor is one of the most famous raids in history, if not the most famous. In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the carriers and aircraft of the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a sudden and unexpected attack on the US naval forces anchored in Pearl Harbor, hoping to cripple America's naval capabilities in one decisive... more...

  • USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17/19by Peter Davies; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    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 candidate for the attack mission in Vietnam... more...

  • F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 'Guideline' SAMby Peter Davies; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    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 with the use of air-to-air... more...