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  • US Patrol Torpedo Boatsby Gordon L Rottman

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    Motor torpedo boat development began in the early 1900s, and the vessels first saw service during World War I. However, it was not until the late 1930s that the US Navy commenced the development of the Patrol Torpedo or PT boat. The PT boat was designed for attacking larger warships with torpedoes using its 'stealth' ability, high-speed and small... more...

  • Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Supportby Gordon L Rottman

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    Described by one soldier as 'a metal box designed by a sadist to move soldiers across the water,' the Landing Craft, Infantry was a large beaching craft intended to deliver an infantry company to a hostile shore, once the beachhead was secured. The LCI and its vehicle-delivery counterpart, the Landing Ship, Medium were widely used by the allies during... more...

  • US Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime classesby Dave McComb

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    Few if any 20th century warships were more justly acclaimed than the destroyers of the U.S. Navy's Fletcher class. Admired as they were for their advanced and rakish design, it was their record as workhorses of the Pacific War that placed them among the most battle-tested and successful fighting ships of all time. This title describes the Fletchers... more...

  • US Cruisers 1883-1904by Lawrence Burr

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    By the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most advanced in the world, but in subsequent years America's naval might dwindled. However, in the 1880s a 'New Navy' was born and at the forefront of its fleet were the mighty cruisers. Naval historian Lawrence Burr details how these cruisers allowed America to rebuild their navy, exploring the design... more...

  • US Fast Battleships 1936-47by Lawrence Burr

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    This volume details the design, construction, and operation of the first six of the ten US fast battleships, two of the North Carolina class and four of the South Dakota class. These six battleships were all authorized in 1936 and were the first vessels built in the US since 1923. Consequently, these ships benefitted from enormous technological leaps,... more...

  • US Fast Battleships 1938-91by Lawrence Burr

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    In 1938, the United States abandoned the constraints imposed by the Washington Teaty and began work on a new class of super-battleships. This book covers the design, construction, and employment of the four Iowa-class battleships, the largest in the American fleet. During World War II, they served as guards for the aircraft carriers and their bombardments... more...

  • US Destroyers 1934-45: Pre-war classesby Dave McComb

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    Since the beginning of the 20th century, destroyers have been all-purpose ships, indispensable in roles large and small - from delivering the mail at sea to screening other vessels and, where larger ships were not present, forming the front line in battle. This title details the 169 ships of ten classes introduced in the 1930s: early 1,500-tonners... more...

  • Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    When war broke out in 1812, neither the United States Navy nor the Royal Navy had more than a token force on the Great Lakes. However, once the shooting started, it sparked a ship-building arms race that continued throughout the war. This book examines the design and development of the warships built upon the lakes during the war, emphasising their... more...

  • US Submarines 1941-45by Jim Christley

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    Naval warfare in the Pacific changed completely with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The strategic emphasis shifted from battleships to much more lethal, far-ranging weapons systems; one of these was the submarine. This book details the design and development, classes, weapons and equipment, tactics and operational history of the US submarine... more...

  • US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1922-45by Mark Stille

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The USS Langley, the first American aircraft carrier, entered service in 1922. Despite being converted into an aircraft tender, it was the first step in a new direction for the US Navy and naval warfare. This book covers the design, development and operation of USN aircraft carriers built prior to World War II, including their aircraft and weaponry.... more...