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 US Heavy Cruisers 1941-45: Pre-war Classes
US Heavy Cruisers 1941-45: Pre-war Classes
US Heavy Cruisers 1941-45: Pre-war Classes
Author: Mark Stille, Paul Wright
Osprey Publishing
Osprey New Vanguard 210
ISBN: 978 1782006299
2014
Language: English
Pages: 50
Format: PDF
Size: 2,7 MB

Designed and produced under the regulations of the Washington Naval Treaty, the heavy cruisers of the Pensacola, Northampton, Portland, New Orleans and Wichita classes were exercises in compromise. While they possessed very heavy armament – the Pensacolas, for example, carrying a main battery of ten 8” guns – this came at the cost of protection – armor was the same thickness as a gun cruiser, and incapable of protecting the vessels from enemy 8” fire. As the classes evolved, these flaws began to be corrected, with the main battery being reduced, and increased protection being added to the vital areas of the ship. Despite these drawbacks, the pre-war heavy cruiser classes served with distinction throughout World War II.

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 Aces of the Luftwaffe: The Jagdfliegern and Their Tactics of World War II
Aces of the Luftwaffe: The Jagdfliegern and Their Tactics of World War II
Author: Peter Jacobs
Aces of the Luftwaffe: The Jagdfliegern and Their Tactics of World War II
Frontline Books
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 256
Size: 2 Mb

The air battles of the Second World War were fought ferociously and with extraordinary skill and courage on both fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdfliegern, in fact outscored their Allied counterparts by some margin and were some of the highest scoring fighter pilots of all time. More than a hundred recorded a century of aerial successes with two going on to surpass a quite astonishing 300 victories.

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 Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces: 1931-1945
Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces: 1931-1945
Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces: 1931-1945
Author: Christopher Shores, Ikuhiko Hata
Casemate Publishers
2002
ISBN: 1902304896
Pages: 320
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 54 MB

Originally published only in Japanese, this in-depth study provides an in-depth review of the fighter units of the Imperial Japanese Air Force and their pilots. Commencing with a detailed study of the development, equipment and operations flown by this force since its inception immediately after the end of World War I, until the catastrophic conclusion of World War II, the initial section deals with the wars in China and Manchuria, as well as the Pacific War of 1941-45. The second section provides details of each of the units from formation onwards, listing the types of aircraft used, the bases from which they flew, and the unit and formation commanders. Details of the more notable actions in which each unit was involved are also provided. Biographical notes relating to all of the more notable fighter pilots form the third section, whilst the book also provides supporting listings and a glossary of Japanese terms.

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 British Paratrooper 1940-1945 (Osprey Warrior 174)
British Paratrooper 1940-1945 (Osprey Warrior 174)
Author: Rebecca Skinner
British Paratrooper 1940-1945 (Osprey Warrior 174)
Osprey Publishing
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 66
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

Inspired by the exploits of the German Fallschirmjäger in the blitzkrieg campaigns, Winston Churchill called for the formation of a 5,000-strong Airborne Force in June 1940. From these beginnings The Parachute Regiment became one of the foremost units of the British Army both in World War II and up to the present day. This new history of the British Paratrooper, from 1940 to 1945, details the unique training, weapons and equipment used by these elite troops. A wealth of first-hand and until now unpublished materials brings the history of the ordinary paratrooper to life, drawing on the author's position as a former curator of the Regimental Museum.

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 More World War II Aircraft in Combat
More World War II Aircraft in Combat
Author: Glenn B. Bavousett
More World War II Aircraft in Combat
Arco Publishing
1981
Format: PDF
Pages: 150
Language: English
Size: 73.6 MB

More World War II aircraft in combat 47 famous warplanes depicted in raging conflict Glenn Bavousett. Very well illustrated.

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 Strategy for Defeat: The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Strategy for Defeat: The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Author: Williamson Murray
Strategy for Defeat: The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Freundlich Books
1987
ISBN: 0881910317
Format: PDF
Size: 20,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 379
Dr. Murray's book provides a detailed analytical study of the development of the Luftwaffe. The author takes an in-depth look at the "easy war" (1939-40) and the turn toward Russia in Operation Barbarossa. Dr. Murray investigates the war of attrition from 1942 through early 1944 and the reasons for the final demise of the Luftwaffe from April through September 1944.

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 Last Days of the Third Reich - The Collapse of Nazi Germany, May 1945
Last Days of the Third Reich - The Collapse of Nazi Germany, May 1945
Author: James Lucas
Last Days of the Third Reich - The Collapse of Nazi Germany, May 1945
William Morrow & Company
1986
Format: PDF
Pages: 264
Language: English
Size: 47.2 MB

An unrivaled portrait of revenge containing the only eyewitness accounts of the slaughter of surrendered German troops in Eastern Europe.

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 Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth
Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth
Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth
Author: Jacek & Bock, Robert Jackiewicz
Atelier Kecay
ISBN: 978 8392491415
2013
Language: English
Pages: 148
Format: PDF
Size: 62,2 MB

The first air combat of WWII between RAF bombers and Luftwaffe fighters took place on the 18th December 1939. when twenty-four Wellingtons of Nos.9, 37, and 149 Squadrons took off on an armed reconnaissance sortie over the Helgoland Bay (two of them returned early due to technical problems). It was a bright, sunny day, and the sky was clear of clouds, but no targets were visible so the Wellingtons headed for home with their bombload still on board. However the formation was spotted by the German radar system and sixteen Bf 110s and thirty-four Bf 109s were sent to intercept. The fighters used whatever tactics they wanted towards the slow bombers, attacking them from every direction, so they could choose the best range at which to open fire. The combat resulted in twelve bombers being shot down plus three badly damaged Wellingtons that eventually got back to base.

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 The U-boat Wars
The U-boat Wars
Author: Edwin P. Hoyt
The U-boat Wars
Arbor House
1984
Format: PDF
Pages: 280
Language: English
Size: 32.2 MB

World War II began in September 1939. Within four months, the Nazis sank one third of the entire British battleship force, beginning with the daring entry of submarine U-47 inside the British defenses at Scapa Flow to torpedo the Royal Oak. In the first six months after America's entry into the war, six U-boats sank fully half the total registered tonnage of the United States. The East Coast beaches ran black with oil. Despite the experience of the First World War that had made clear the lethal potential of German undersea warfare, and the massive buildup of Nazi military might in the 1930s, neither of the two great Allied powers developed adequate antisubmarine defenses, and the weapons they did have were virtually useless.

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 Das Reich: 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich"
Das Reich: 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich"
Author: Philip Vickers
Das Reich: 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich": Drive to Normandy, June 1944
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
ISBN: 085052699X
2003
Format: EPUB
Pages: 189
Size: 11 Mb
Language: English

The infamous SS Das Reich Division was resting in Montauban, South West France when the Allies invaded Normandy in June 1944. When ordered to rush North, they ran into a series of French Resistance, SAS and SOE delaying actions. This ruthless Division reacted violently and their reprisals culminated in the Massacre at Oradour. This book tells the story of those heroic and tragic days from the British, French and German viewpoints.

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 Grey Wolf: Axis Forces on the Eastern Front, January 1944-February 1945
Grey Wolf: Axis Forces on the Eastern Front, January 1944-February 1945
Grey Wolf: Axis Forces on the Eastern Front, January 1944-February 1945
Battlefront Miniatures
Author: Peter Simunovich, John-Paul Brisigotti
Flames of War
ISBN: 978 0986466144
2011
Language: English
Pages: 272
Format: PDF
Size: 88,2 MB

Grey Wolf contains all the Germans, Hungarians and Finnish forces you will be familiar with from Stalin's Onslaught, Hammer and Sickle, River of Heroes and Stalin's Europe. We've also added our most popular PDF Intelligence Briefings as well as some new Briefings and some forces from Fortress Europe.

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 Fighting Techniques of A Panzer Grenadier 1941-1945
Fighting Techniques of A Panzer Grenadier 1941-1945
Fighting Techniques of a Panzergrenadier: 1941-1945
Author: Matthew Hughes, Chris Mann
Motorbooks International
Graduation Year: 2000
Language: English
Quality: excellent
Format: Pdf
Pages: 96
Size: 58,3 Mb

During World War II the Germans fielded 29 panzergrenadier divisions, in which fully motorized infantry units operated alongside tanks and assault guns. This in-depth analysis examines the recruitment and specialized training of these units and how that training translated to successful battlefield tactics in the Lightning War from 1939 to 1941 and on the Eastern Front after 1942.

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 Stirling’s Desert Triumph (Osprey Raid 49)
Stirling’s Desert Triumph (Osprey Raid 49)
Author: Gavin Mortimer
Stirling’s Desert Triumph: The SAS Egyptian Airfield Raids 1942 (Osprey Raid 49)
Osprey Publishing
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 81
Size: 8 Mb
Language: English

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 Cruisers of World War Two. An international encyclopedia
Cruisers of World War Two. An international encyclopedia
Author: Whitley M. J.
Cruisers of World War Two. An international encyclopedia
London: Arms & Armour
1995
Format: pdf
Size: 231.19 MB
Language: English

This naval reference encyclopaedia details the cruisers of the combatant nations which saw service during World War II. Each class is dealt with and illustrated, with coverage of its design, construction and operational history.

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 German Bombers of WWII (Aeroplane Aviation Archive)
German Bombers of WWII (Aeroplane Aviation Archive)
Author: Collective
German Bombers of WWII (Aeroplane Aviation Archive)
Key Publishing
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages 100
Size: 17 Mb
Language: English

German Bombers of WWII

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 Normandy Battles: Wargaming D-Day and Beyond
Normandy Battles: Wargaming D-Day and Beyond
Normandy Battles: Wargaming D-Day and Beyond
Battlefront Miniatures
Author: Casey Davies, Wayne Turner, Andrew Haught and Mike Haught
Flames of War
ISBN: 978 0987660947
2012
Language: English
Pages: 116
Format: PDF
Size: 92,3 MB

In the early morning darkness of 6 June 1944, the largest armada of ships the world has ever seen heaves to off the Normandy coastline. Aboard, thousands of Allied soldiers wait in readiness for their date with destiny. Months of planning, training and preparation are now behind them. On this day they will undertake the greatest amphibious assault in history, and on their success or failure hangs the very fate of the liberation of Europe from the jackboot of Nazi domination. D-Day is finally here!

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 Modelling the Matilda Infantry Tank (Osprey Modelling №5)
Modelling the Matilda Infantry Tank (Osprey Modelling №5)
Author: Mark Bannerman
Modelling the Matilda Infantry Tank
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Modelling №5
2004
Format: EPUB
Pages: 80
Size: 17 Mb
Language: English

The Matilda tank saw action in almost all theatres of World War II, from Europe to the Pacific. Born in the interwar years, and developed with numerous modifications following combat testing, the Matilda is perhaps most famous for its role in the desert campaigns of 1940-41, thus acquiring its nickname 'Queen of the Desert'. This book provides a detailed guide to modelling the Matilda tank across a variety of types, colour schemes and scales, and features excellent reference photos. Using clearly explained techniques and methods, and featuring the work of several top modellers, this step-by-step guide to building, finishing and displaying the Matilda in European, Western Desert and Australian service presents a creative and enagaging approach to modelling the 'Tilly'.

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 The Sea Wolves
The Sea Wolves
Author: Frank Wolfgang
The Sea Wolves
Ballantine Books
1981
Format: PDF
Pages: 236
Language: English
Size: 36.2 MB

Here is the amazing true story of the German U-boats of World War II, written by a man who saw it all from the inside. The Sea Wolves presents the dramatic facts of how the German Navy was secretly rebuilt, how the High Command reached its fateful decisions, and how the feverish technical war was finally won-by the allies.

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 Great Sea Battles of World War II
Great Sea Battles of World War II
Author: Jack Sweetman
Great Sea Battles of World War II
Naval Institute Press
1990
Format: PDF
Pages: 52
Language: English
Size: 38 MB

Describes the Great Sea Battles of World War II.

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