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  • F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15: Korea 1950-53by Doug Dildy; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    With the North Korean People's Air Force virtually wiped out in the opening weeks of the Korean War, and the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force not yet ready for combat operations, the Soviets reluctantly allowed their swept-wing MiG-15s to support the communist logistics channels from China into North Korea. The devastating effect of these... more...

  • A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam Warby Rick Morgan; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    Designed in the years following the Korean War and then manufactured for over 30 years starting in 1960, the A-6 quickly became the most capable attack aircraft in the US Navy's stable. The first squadron, VA-75, made its initial deployment directly into combat in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the next eight years, ten US Navy and four Marine... more...

  • Israeli F-4 Phantom II Acesby Shlomo Aloni; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    The American manufactured F-4 Phantom II was used by the Israelis in air-to-ground missions, as an attack aircraft, and air-to-air missions as a fighter. Despite performing both roles with equal success the Israeli reliance on the Mirage III and Nesher delta fighters meant that the F-4 was used most regularly in its air-to-ground role. The kill total... more...

  • 57th Fighter Group - First in the Blueby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 16.95

    Organized in January 1941, just as the United States was building up military forces for its inevitable entry into World War II, the 57th Fighter Group was the first USAAF fighter unit to go into action in North Africa. It went on to establish a number of other 'firsts' during its illustrious combat history in this theatre. Flying P-40 Warhawks, the... more...

  • A-10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-07by Gary Wetzel; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    A relic of the Cold War, the A-10 Thunderbolt II first saw action in Afghanistan during the near-disastrous Operation Anaconda campaign in March 2002, initially flying from an airfield in Pakistan and then from Bagram. During Anaconda four A-10s provided 21 straight hours of Forward Air Control (Airborne)/Close Air Support (CAS) coverage for troops... more...

  • Bf 110 vs Lancasterby Robert Forczyk; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    Unable to conduct ground operations on the European continent until Allied strength was fully marshalled for a full-scale invasion, the British government based its grand strategy on a protracted campaign of aerial bombardment of Germany's cities in order to bring the Third Reich to its knees. At the heart of this strategy was the emerging technology... more...

  • Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units in Combatby Shlomo Aloni; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    The light and agile A-4 Skyhawk was the first modern American jet to be offered to the Israeli Air Force, marking the point where the US took over from France as Israel's chief military supplier. Deliveries began too late for the A-4 to fight in the Six-Day War, but it soon formed the backbone of the IAF's ground-attack force. From 1969 to 1970 it... more...

  • Aichi 99 Kanbaku 'Val' Unitsby Osamu Tagaya; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Aichi Type 99 Carrier Bomber (D3A) - code named 'Val' by Allied intelligence - was the mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Navy's carrier dive-bomber force from 1941 to 1943. It sank more Allied warship tonnage than any other Axis aircraft during World War 2. While the Val's participation in the major carrier battles has been widely covered in other... more...

  • AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Stormby Lon Nordeen; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    The AV-8B is the only tactical aircraft that can deploy with Marine forces on amphibious assault ships and provide air cover and close air support separate from large deck aircraft carriers. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, a coalition of nations launched Operation Desert Shield in order to defend Saudi Arabia, and the Harrier II was among... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacificby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    The first USAAF fighters to engage the Japanese in World War 2, a handful of P-40s rose to defend Pearl Harbor from attack on the morning of 7 December 1941. Warhawk units were also heavily involved in the ill-fated fight to stem invading Japanese forces in the Philippines and Java between December 1941 and April 1942 and again in the Gilbert and... more...