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Compiled from official records and unpublished material, the author builds a unique and fascinating social history of the U.S. Nav...y's officer corps between its establishment in 1794 and the end of the War of 1812. read more

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The radically new homeland security, military, and legal strategies developed by the United States in the months following the ter...rorists attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon are given comprehensive treatment in this book by a former senior Pentagon official, combat veteran, and criminal prosecutor. Stephen M. Duncan draws on a lifetime of military and legal experience to examine the many questions relating to the role of the armed forces in homeland security, including elements of constitutional and criminal law, foreign policy, tradition and custom, federal-state and inter-agency relations, and politics, as well as military strategy and operations.Among the diverse subjects the author discusses are military tribunals and the International Criminal Court, the statute governing the use of military personnel in law enforcement, defense transformation, the constitutional power of the president, and the reorganization of the government to meet the terrorist threat. Duncan also discusses the strategy and tactics used in Afghanistan and Iraq and critically evaluates the nation's political leadership before and after the 9/11 attacks. His book gives readers access to a wealth of information essential to an understanding of the full picture and at the same time puts them in the midst of policy debates to grasp the immediacy of the situation. This important and absorbing historical narrative will attract general readers as well as those with experience in national security issues, politics, and the law. read more

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Only today's atomic submarines have outstripped the fabulous twin-funneled K boats--the biggest, fastest submarines of World War I.... But no other class of warship suffered so much calamity and controversy. Authorized by Churchill, these steam-powered submarines were the best-concealed debacle in British naval history. Their crews called themselves the suicide club and in this authoritative documentary their story is vividly reconstructed.Built secretly to meet a threat that existed only in the minds of the flag officers, the so-called "submersible destroyers" suffered an unprecedented series of accidents from the day they began their trials. Six sank with an appalling death toll. The forty-seven men of K 13 were luckier. They were rescued after fifty-seven hours trapped underwater. During the Battle of May Island when British ships carved through their own K flotillas one night, two K boats sank, two were crippled, and a cruiser lost her bows. Then there was the mysterious disappearance of K 5 in the Atlantic. All told, not one K boat escaped. The product of two years' research, this fascinating book looks for answers to what went wrong during the series of dreadful mishaps described. read more

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"To read a comprehensive history of the technical, military and political aspects of the Cold War, based on documents from the two... super-powers, written by a scholar who is free of bias, is something I never thought I would be able to do. But in The Fifty-Year War I can. . . . For the men and women who are going to lead the world in the first generation of the Twenty-First Century, this account of how the Cold War was fought and won is indispensable. For those of us who lived through it. . . . Friedman's account is enthralling. Having spent much of my life reading about, studying, worrying about, participating in the Cold War, I thought there was nothing new for me to learn about it. Boy was I wrong. Read The Fifty-Year War and see why." -- Stephen Ambrose read more

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Packed with authoritative information, up-to-date photographs, line drawings, maps, and useful appendixes, this timely new guide d...escribes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard during an intensive period of transformation from the Cold War to what some call World War III. In the war against radical Muslim fundamentalists, the sea services play significant roles, and this comprehensive volume gives a valuable overview of each force and provides details of their ships, aircraft, weapons, and people. New to this eighteenth edition are chapters on the Navy's littoral combat ships and the unmanned aerial vehicles being flown by all three services.Continuing a longstanding tradition as the most complete resource of its kind, this updated edition easily meets the high expectations and exacting standards of those who rely on it to stay informed and make important decisions. For example, new details are provided on the changing carrier air wings, the close-in weapon systems being provided for defense against small craft, a new submarine rescue system, the deepwater cutter program, unmanned undersea and unmanned surface vehicles, and the new MH-60R/S multipurpose, ship-based helicopters. In cataloging and updating the assets of U.S. Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard and in assessing various trends, the author once again reinforces the guide's reputation for accuracy and reliability. read more

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Col. Mike Snook draws on his professional expertise as a soldier and his lifelong study of military history to bring back to life ...the dramatic campaigns fought by the British Army between the Crimean War and the dawn of the 20th century. The first of a proposed two-volume study, the book focuses on the great battles--Isandlwana, Majuba Hill, Colenso, and Spion Kop, among them--that went badly awry for the British. In doing so, the author exposes the sometimes embarrassing causes of British defeat and offers new insights into the characters of some of Victoria's most notable military commanders. Political meddling, military incompetence, petty jealousy, and overstretched resources, all played a part in the disasters. Snook also shows British soldiers overcoming formidable logistic difficulties to bring a succession of resourceful and hardy enemies to battle from Cairo to Cape Town, Delhi to the Hindu Kush. Snook's authoritative and dramatic descriptions of colonial warfare are certain to attract generations of readers to this wide-ranging and meticulously researched history. read more

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This timely book synthesizes the perspectives of Osama bin Laden and his fellow Salafi jihadists on how to wage war on their many ...enemies. A team of experts from the Institute for Defense Analyses working on the Terrorist Perspectives Project undertook the study in order to help U.S. military and civilian policymakers, planners, and educators better understand terrorists. In assembling strategic and operational perspectives of Al Qaida and Associated Movements (AQAM), they focused on the Salafi jihadists' intellectual leadership and a sampling of their followers, who together comprise the vanguard of the global jihad and share a common enemy--the United States. This project is sponsored by the United States Joint Forces Command. read more

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This collection of oral histories is the first book to bring together eyewitness accounts from almost every navy that deployed sub...marines in World War II. With self-deprecating modesty, humor, pride, sadness, and sometimes bitterness, submariners from Great Britain, Germany, the United States, Italy, France, the former USSR and Yugoslavia, Norway, Greece, Poland, the Netherlands, and Japan describe submarine life. From landing agents in enemy territory, laying mines, and being depth-charged, to distilling illicit alcohol, rescuing a cat, and treating appendicitis, the stories add an important personal dimension to the official operational record of WWII submarines. Arranged chronologically, the stories are given background and context by the editor for a full understanding of the contributions made by those who served beneath the waves. read more

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First Across is the exciting story of the first transatlantic flight. The flight, made in 1919, took a six-man crew nearly three w...eeks to complete. This book describes in detail the entire operation: the planning, the men and their aircraft, the primitive radio communication, and method of air navigation.In First Across Richard K. Smith has used photographs, cartoons, and even advertisements of the era to help evoke that spring of 1919, an important moment in the history of transportation. read more

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Rarely does a new study of such well-plowed ground as the American Civil War create so much interest and have such a stunning effe...ct on the literature as this fascinating account of the Union's long-delayed naval assault on Fort Fisher. Based on exhaustive primary source research, this is the first full history--from a naval perspective--of the fort on North Carolina's Cape Fear River and its little-known significance as both the Achilles' heel of the Union blockade and the lifeline of the Confederacy. It challenges many hoary, hidebound perceptions.While other accounts have concentrated on the Union army's land assault, Robinson weaves together firsthand reports from previously untapped sources to definitively establish how the maze of earthworks, bomb shelters, and gun emplacements protecting Wilmington developed without opposition and enabled Confederate blockade runners to defy the Union navy for more than two years, allowing matériel to flow to Robert E. Lee's forces on the Virginia front. Traditional explanations for the Union's inaction and the sacking of Adm. Samuel Lee are vigorously disputed with often embarrassing new findings. In a breathtaking, minute-by-minute description of the heaviest naval bombardment and greatest amphibious assault the world had ever seen, Robinson offers new evidence that vindicates the two thousand ill-equipped and poorly trained sailors and marines who for more than 130 years have been unjustly blamed for the failure of their terrible, grisly assault across a mile of open beach.Unrivaled in its scope, research, and readability, this important new contribution to Civil War history demands attention not only for its heretical new information about this nearly forgotten battle, but also for its disconcerting revelations of political mistakes and shenanigans that lengthened the war and a divided nation's suffering. read more

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For two decades Norman Friedman's account of the development of American destroyers has been a standard reference. The revised edi...tion includes the two eventful decades of designs since the Spruance and Perry classes. The design evolution of the Arleigh Burke class, which has become the standard U.S. surface combatant, is described in detail for the first time, based on official sources. Friedman also describes the attempts to develop a follow-on class, beginning in the late 1980s and culminating in the current DD(X) program. Abortive attempts to develop new frigates are also detailed.Friedman provides fully detailed and illustrated descriptions of all classes of U.S. destroyers, from their torpedo boat forebears onward. Detailed ship profiles by the renowned naval expert A. D. Baker III are included, along with section views that show internal arrangements. Engineering plant features and complete descriptions of antiaircraft and antisubmarine weapon systems also are given. An entire chapter is devoted to destroyer combat experience in World War II, which had a major influence on ship design and development. As the only history of U.S. destroyers based on internal, formerly classified papers of the U.S. Navy, the book is vital reading for all who have served on board these ships and for all who would like to understand the origins of the present destroyer force and its future. read more

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Back by popular demand, this dramatic appraisal of the Spanish Navy and its defeat by the British at Trafalgar in 1805 disproves m...any long-held beliefs about the competence of the Spanish fleet. The author examines the factors that shaped the development of the Spanish Navy in the eighteenth century and maintains that the well-built ships and skilled forces were nowhere near as ineffective as they are usually represented. The book includes specifics of Spanish warship design and construction and is illustrated with beautiful contemporary plans, engravings, and photographs of ship models, some in full color. read more

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The bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his ground-breaking publication On the Origin of Spec...ies will be celebrated throughout the world in 2009 with major exhibitions and a major motion picture about his life. Author James Taylor commemorates the anniversaries with a book that takes the title of one of Darwin's great works to present an updated and comprehensively illustrated version of the travels of the Beagle. He includes a full history of the storied vessel and the complete plans and designs of the ship, along with biographies of Darwin and Capt. Robert Fitzroy, paintings, portraits, caricatures, photographs, artifacts, and journal extracts. In compiling this extraordinary wealth of materials, Taylor has woven together all strands of the Beagle story to produce a thoroughly engaging and highly informative book that will appeal to everyone, from scientists to art lovers and students of history. read more

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In this surprisingly lively approach to recording the impact of technology on the war at sea, Kenneth Poolman follows comprehensiv...e descriptions of each new technical development with dramatic examples of its use in action.To combat the savage campaign mounted by German submarines and surface raiders to keep vital supplies from the Allies, Allied navies deployed new weapons like ASDIC (sonar), RDF (radar), high frequency direction-finding, forward-firing mortars, and rocket projectiles, all thoroughly examined by the author along with the U-boats' use of acoustic torpedoes, Schnorkel tubes to breathe underwater, radio-controlled missiles, and supersonic undersea detectors in a war that became a conflict of technologies.This book also covers the use of radar in the Pacific against the Japanese "long lance" torpedoes and shows how U.S. submarines overcame their own faulty torpedoes to decimate enemy shipping, and how carrier airpower, controlled by multichannel high-frequency radio, dominated surface actions. He details the development and use of sensitive listening stations that relayed enemy messages to cryptographers. The special amphibious craft that put troops ashore in all theaters are included in the book as well. read more

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Superbly researched and expertly illustrated, this study offers one of the most detailed building and career histories of a ship e...ver written, the third rate of Charles II's Restoration Navy. The author focuses on HMS Lenox, a 44-gun two-decker third rate built in 1677 during the Anglo-Dutch Wars and also in response to Louis XIV's massive naval expansion program. After twelve years of research and writing, Richard Endsor provides a comprehensive history of seventeenth-century ship design and construction techniques and the armament and fitting of the vessel. He offers a broad picture of the day-to-day workings of the Deptford dockyard where the Lenox was built and details of the techniques, trade, and tools of the shipwrights along with a keen insight into the workings of a naval administration under Samuel Pepys. read more

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With the approach of the 200th anniversary of the Royal Navy's greatest battle off Cape Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, much attenti...on is being given to the most tangible symbol of that epic engagement--Nelson's fully preserved flagship HMS Victory. Noted historian Peter Goodwin, Keeper and Curator of Victory, offers a fresh approach to the subject in this book by delving into the workings of the famed ship with a lively question-and-answer format based on thousands of inquiries submitted by visitors and historians alike. Selecting 101 of the most intriguing questions, Goodwin provides full and detailed responses on the types of wood used in building Victory, why she was named Victory, her longest voyage, the amount of shot fired from her guns at Trafalgar, and when her career as a fighting ship ended. This new volume will be enjoyed by age-of-sail buffs and researchers seeking a new reference work on the only surviving line-of-battle ship of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. read more

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For four centuries the Royal Navy made Britain the most powerful nation on earth--the true ruler of the waves. But its impact goes... far beyond battles on the high seas. This lavishly illustrated tie-in to a major BBC series follows the progress of the Royal Navy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to World War I. Noted historian Brian Lavery reveals how the Royal Navy shaped British industry, innovation, and identity, and eventually how that naval leadership, initiative and courage began to stagnate in the nineteenth century. read more

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The sea chart was one of the key tools by which ships of trade, transport and conquest navigated their course across the oceans. J...ohn Blake looks at the history and development of the chart and the related nautical map, in both scientific and aesthetic terms, as a means of safe and accurate seaborne navigation. This handsome work contains 150 color illustrations including the earliest charts of the Mediterranean made by early thirteenth-century Italian merchant adventurers, as well as eighteenth-century charts that became strategic naval and commercial requirements and led to Cook's voyages in the Pacific, the search for the Northwest Passage, and races to the Arctic and Antarctic. read more

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For almost 20 years, more than 200 reels of microfilmed Japanese naval records remained in the custody of the U.S. Naval History D...ivision, virtually untouched. This unique book draws on those sources and others to tell the story of the Pacific War from the viewpoint of the Japanese. Former Marine Corps officer and Asian scholar Paul Dull focuses on the major surface engagements of the war--Coral Sea, Midway, the crucial Solomons campaign, and the last-ditch battles in the Marianas and Philippines. Also included are detailed track charts and a selection of Japanese photographs of major vessels and actions. read more

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$54.95

Hailed as the most extensive photographic record of the naval side of World War II ever produced when published in the U.K., this ...book is a must for anyone interested in the naval history of that war. From Robert Capa's images of the mayhem on Omaha Beach to the amateur photography of a serviceman on board a destroyer, the collection offers a moving and informative look at all theaters. The introduction of the 35-mm camera and the easing of censorship allowed photographers to get close to the action for unflinching images of combat and the catastrophic consequences of war as never before. The book's 250 photographs cover all aspects of the war at sea, from the scuttling of the Graf Spee to the moment of impact of a kamikaze aboard ship, and rank with the best of the genre. read more

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The author of more than twenty books on scientific and historical subjects, David Owen presents an authoritative yet highly readab...le account of the ongoing battle between naval forces above and below the sea's surface. Without question, the submarine was the most potent purely naval weapon of the twentieth century, yet the fact that it was usually defeated is an important part of the story described in this book. With the support of nearly 200 illustrations, the author examines both the successful innovations and the inevitable counter-measures made by each side in their lethal struggle for supremacy. Known for picking just the right incident to illustrate a point, Owen fills his book with examples of individual heroism and devotion to duty along with accounts of the ingenuity, originality of tactical thought, and technological advances to provide a complete picture. He shows clearly that development was not a straight line--wrong ideas and assumptions sometimes led to defeat and disaster. Concluding the book is a survey of recent ASW developments carried out by teams of scientists, engineers, commanders and crews of ASW aircraft, ships, and other submarines working together to defeat the current threat of hostile raiders who hide in the ocean depths. read more

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Ten major naval engagements of the Second World War are thoroughly described and analyzed in this authoritative book by two respec...ted British naval historians. This is a substantially revised compendium edition of a series with the same title published in the early 1970s and long out-of-print. read more

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A fascinating collection of information on the early development of the British torpedo boat destroyers up to the River class of 1...900. read more

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Flag 4 is the signal for "attack with torpedoes," and this book offers a thrilling account of the actions of British motor torpedo... boats in the Mediterranean during World War II. The smallest fighting ships of the Royal Navy, these torpedo boats could fight in the shallowest waters, penetrate minefields, and hide in the inlets of enemy-held islands. From 1940 to 1943 they were the only surface craft continually able to seek out and attack Axis forces. Filled with action backed by telling details, the book describes night assaults on enemy convoys, clandestine operations, and Special Boat Squadron missions in North Africa and Yugoslavia. It is based on the eyewitness accounts of the officers and men who served in these perilous actions. Author Dudley Pope also looks at the question of why both the Allies and Axis forces fought so hard for what were mostly just large expanses of sand and water. Pope's vivid writing style, reminiscent of his popular novels, will appeal to general readers as well as students of World War II naval actions. read more

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Japan's military and secret police, the Kempetai, carried out a reign of terror against captive Asian nations, Allied POWs, and Ja...panese citizens throughout World War II. This history explains the origins, command structure, and role of the Kempetai apparatus, revealing their criminal and collaborationist networks. It examines biological and chemical experiments on live subjects, the gulags for POWs, and slave labor, including the so-called "comfort women," as well as their campaign of revenge after the 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo. Calling their actions genocide on a grand scale, the author backs up his text with firsthand testimonies from survivors. read more

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Admittedly small and vulnerable, PT boats were, nevertheless, fast--the fastest craft on the water during World War II--and Dick K...eresey's account of these tough little fighters throws new light on their contributions to the war effort. As captain of PT 105, the author was in the same battle as John F. Kennedy when Kennedy's PT 109 was rammed and sunk. The famous incident, Keresey says, has often been described inaccurately and the PT boat depicted as unreliable and ineffective. This book helps set the record straight by presenting an authentic picture of PT boats that draws on the author's experience at Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, and Choiseul Island. Action-filled, his account describes evading night bombers, rescuing coast watchers and downed airmen, setting down Marine scouts behind Japanese lines, engaging in vicious gun battles with Japanese barges and small freighters, and contending with heat, disease, and loneliness. First published in 1996, the book has been hailed for telling an exciting yet fully accurate story. read more

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Even the most knowledgeable reader will be shocked by the extent of the crimes committed against servicemen and civilians revealed... in this chilling new study. From the regular execution of POWs to the abandonment of survivors, Mark Felton takes a detailed look at this dark chapter in the history of the Japanese navy in World War II. Prior to this account, Japanese war crimes at sea have received relatively little attention compared to coverage of the Japanese army's barbaric conduct. Written by a longtime resident of the Far East, this new work takes into account the culture that led to such appalling atrocities. Upon publication in the UK, the book drew major news coverage. read more

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Although it forever changed the tactics of naval warfare, the torpedo is one of the world's most under-researched weapons and its ...inventors the most neglected. To correct this oversight, Edwyn Gray follows up on his popular study of Robert Whitehead's torpedoes by taking a look at seventy other torpedoes and the men who invented them. He traces the history of the torpedo, placing its evolution in the context of a defining century of weapons development when torpedoes progressed from harpoon projectiles to rocket-powered weapons of destruction.Written for layman and expert alike in the lively style Gray has come to be known for, the book reveals a wealth of fascinating details about individual torpedoes along with a panorama of naval opinions and insights into the trials and tribulations of the weapon pioneers of the nineteenth century. Gray solves a number of mysteries that have bedeviled naval historians for decades and corrects longstanding misconceptions, based on information uncovered during ten years of research. Gray examined more than one hundred U.S. and British patents taken out between 1836 and 1900 as well as reports from contemporary technical and professional journals and unpublished papers, and enlivens the text with accounts of torpedoes in action together with colorful anecdotes about the inventors. Such an important contribution to the history of this branch of naval ordnance helps make sense of a raggle-taggle collection of bizarre weapons that caused so much consternation among naval tacticians at the end of the nineteenth century. read more

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The story of how British naval intelligence was able to break German naval codes in World War I is fully explored by the noted U-b...oat historian Robert Grant. Examining radio interception records, telegrams, and the records of the Admiralty salvage department, Grant has unearthed an amazing tale of resourcefulness and danger. Along with collecting cipher information from many differing sources, intelligence personnel in Room 40, the nerve center in the Admiralty, sent Royal Navy divers to collect data from U-boat wrecks around Great Britain and Ireland and had ground crews comb through the wreckage of crashed zeppelins. Their efforts paid off. With their new-found insights into U-boat operations, the "men of Room 40" could hunt down and destroy U-boats at sea. This intriguing look at early successes in deciphering U-boat codes is sure to join the author's previous work as a standard reference on U-boat warfare. It includes an updated list of German submarines sunk or interned. read more

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An examintion of the concepts of a fleet-in-being, command of the sea, and the role of sea power attacks against the land.

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Never before in the vast literature of World War II has there been a naval atlas such as this to show graphically the complexities... of the war at sea that spread across every ocean during that global conflict. This beautifully produced book by the British naval historian, Marcus Faulkner, provides a unique cartographic presentation of the sea war. It offers more than 150 full-color maps and charts to help readers visualize exactly what happened over the course of the war. All of the great campaigns and major battles are included, but so too, are the smaller operations, amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes, and sinkings. No other work has attempted such an ambitious view of the war at sea. Certain to become a definitive reference work of World War II, the book is suitable not only for historians and serious naval enthusiasts, but also for general readers seeking a sweeping visual explanation of what happened in a naval war that extended from the coldest arctic seas to the tropical beaches of the Pacific.Entire sections of the book are devoted to the Pacific war, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the campaigns in the Mediterranean, and in-depth coverage is also given to smaller, crucial events, such as the Dieppe landings. Maps depict battle dynamics and provide extensive information on the opposing forces, their ships and equipment, and the strategic significance of events. General thematic maps on such topics as ship losses, aerial strengths, and convoy routes, give readers a full understanding of the many contributing factors that shaped the tactics and strategies of the Allied and Axis forces. The well-known naval authority and author Andrew Lambert offers an informative introduction that sets the stage for the breathtaking illustrations that follow. read more

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A history of British naval aviation from the infant days of the first landings on floating airstrips through naval air strategies ...in the Falklands War. read more

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This book shows that U.S. maritime strategy of the 1980s actually originated in the strategic planning of naval thinkers after Wor...ld War II. It is the only book to date to specifically discuss these postwar naval plans in a clear, concise manner. read more

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Seven Pulitzer Prize winners are among the authors featured in this collection of works by eminent American writers who shared a c...ommon experience: service in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard during World War II. Best-selling novelists, historians, science writers, and journalists, most of these authors are well known--Herman Wouk, James Michener, Alex Haley, Russell Baker, Edward L. Beach, Carl Rowan, Lewis Thomas, Ben Bradlee, Sloan Wilson, C. Vann Woodward, Louis Auchincloss, and Samuel Eliot Morison, to name a few. But readers may not be aware of their wartime service at sea.The selected authors write about duty on all kinds of ships--from carriers to submarines and LSTs--and service in all theaters and at all periods of the war, from beginning to end. They recount a variety of experiences: flight training, submarine attacks, kamikaze hits, surface engagements, amphibious landings, storms, homesickness, nights on the town, leadership challenges, personality conflicts. Most wrote after years of reflection and decades spent polishing their writing skills.Filled with humor, hope, sadness, and occasionally wonder, these autobiographical accounts of war at sea are unparalleled in the quality of the writing and the collective scope of the vision. read more

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A distinguished British maritime writer, Woodman offers a compelling reassessment of the British and German planning that led to t...he first and one of the most famous naval battles of World War II. The dramatic sea fight between the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and the British cruisers Exeter, Ajax, and Achilles off the coast of South America in December 1939 is seen as one of the classics of naval warfare. Woodman argues that the long-accepted interpretation of events is ripe for closer scrutiny and reevaluation. Using eyewitness accounts, he graphically reconstructs the daylong battle and pursuit and draws penetrating portraits of the battle's opposing commanders. This important new work is certain to become the subject of close study and debate. read more

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On January 2, 1963, the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) and its American advisors were soundly defeated by Viet Cong guerrilla forces... at Ap Bac. The loss should have caused U.S. policy makers to question the value of their efforts to train and equip the ARVN troops, but they failed to perceive the battle's significance. In this book, a longtime U.S. Army officer and history professor at West Point provides the most comprehensive treatment of the battle in print. David Toczek not only analyzes the operation in detail but places it in the larger context of the war to better evaluate the meaning of what happened. He shows that U.S. civilian and military leadership missed an opportunity early on to learn from their mistakes when they failed to draw any connection between the ARVN's dismal performance at Ap Bac and American policies toward South Vietnam. Toczek notes that while a few tactical changes resulted from the battle, no policy changes were made, not even to the structure of the advisory system. The author also takes a look at the actions of John Paul Vann, the outspoken U.S. Army advisor at Ap Bac that Neil Sheehan wrote about in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Bright Shining Lie. Such a careful examination of a battle seen as a metaphor of the entire Vietnam War will prove useful to readers today eager to avoid the pitfalls of the past as they consider how best to fight insurgents of the 21st century. read more

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After World War I, the German admirals were shocked to discover that the Royal Navy had had an immense advantage--they had penetra...ted the secret German radio codes. Confronted with this fact, the Germans determined that any future codes would need to be so complex that breaking them would, theoretically, be impossible. The result was the famous Enigma machine, whose settings were altered so frequently and variables so great that the Germans believed capture of a machine by the enemy would not compromise Enigma for long. But the British proved them wrong. They managed to obtain the machine and determine the method of setting the code, giving the Allies a critical tactical advantage. As the author points out, this intelligence triumph was particularly important during the Battle of the Atlantic, when Hitler's U-boat wolf-packs were wreaking havoc on the convoy lifelines to the British Isles. Without the decoded Enigma messages, the Allies' narrow victory would likely have turned to defeat. This skillful analysis of Enigma's development and its role during U-boat operations includes details of Allied boardings of U-boats from which Enigma machines could have been captured. It is one of the greatest espionage stories in the history of naval warfare. read more

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Written by British Poet Laureate John Masefield in 1905, this lyrical tribute to sailors in the Age of Sail captures the grim real...ity of life at sea. In the clear, muscular English that made him famous, Masefield breathes life into the misery and barbarity that served as a foundation for naval glory. He brilliantly tells the story of the ships of Nelson's Navy, and especially of the sailors, describing the duties of each man, the unwholesome food, the cramped and filthy living quarters, the inhuman punishments, and the floating hell of a ship in action. Based on his own youthful apprenticeship aboard windjammers that sailed around the Horn, Masefield was both inspired and repelled by the sailor's lot. This epic eulogy for sailors long gone, considered a classic for decades, will be valued by Nelson enthusiasts everywhere. read more

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The first comprehensive guide to the fifty-seven nations that have had or intend to have submarines as part of their fighting forc...e, this book presents in alphabetical order each of the world's navies with a summary of each country's submarine service. The history, description, and details of all insignia worn is given in depth and is accompanied by full color illustrations of each badge.A definitive guide for both the naval enthusiast and the badge collector, this book is a unique and indispensable reference work. read more

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Most naval historians take their cue from the work of Alfred Thayer Mahan published a century ago and view the blockade of the Uni...ted States during the War of 1812 as a highly effective wooden wall. But Wade Dudley challenges that prevailing interpretation and in the pages of this new study provides a bold new assessment. Rather than an impermeable wooden wall, he says the Royal Navy's blockade resembled a light picket fence that was easily splintered by aggressive American public and private navies preying on British merchantmen. The first book-length treatment of the 1812 blockade since Mahan's, his well-reasoned analysis is certain to influence future thinking about the most used tool in a sailing Navy's arsenal.The work presents a useful overview of the history, theory, and practice of blockades during the age of fighting sail along with an evaluation of the naval capabilities of the belligerents, a comparison of the blockade of the United States to British blockades of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, and a discussion of the importance of geography in the theater of conflict. Readers will be fascinated by the story that emerges of the modern world's first super power at war with a developing nation and of a conflict between civilized states that threatened to devolve into little more than a campaign of terror. read more

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Award-winning photojournalist-scuba diver John C. Fine has explored and documented the sunken fleets of the world--from Scapa Flow... to Truk Lagoon--for most of his adult life, and the best of his discoveries are brought to life in this book. With his own haunting photographs to help him, Fine describes the sunken ships and the stories behind them, relating the circumstances of losing, and in some cases salvaging and preserving, ships dating from early Roman colonialization to modern times. It is a book that captures the drama of discovery and backs up the adventure with historical, scientific, and archaeological facts. Where possible, eyewitness accounts to the sinkings are included along with the folklore associated with some of the great salvage attempts and occasional accounts by people who have found great treasure on shipwrecks. The result of years of research and underwater exploration and filming, the book will capture the imagination of everyone with an interest in maritime history and armchair adventurers who dream of sunken warships and treasure-laden galleons long lost on the ocean floor. read more

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In the 1950s and early 1960s a small fraternity of daring, brilliant men made the first exploratory trips into the upper stratosph...ere, reaching the edge of outer space in tiny capsules suspended beneath plastic balloons. This book tells the story of these tenacious men as they labored on the cusp of a new age, seeing things that no one had ever seen and experiencing conditions no one was sure they could survive.Mostly U.S. Air Force and Navy officers, among them doctors, physicists, meteorologists, engineers, astronomers, and test pilots, they struggled with meager budgets, bureaucratic politics, and one another. It is a thrilling story of tremendous personal sacrifice and great risk for the promise of adventure and the opportunity to uncover a few precious aspects of the universe. Capt. Joseph Kittinger, for example, rode a balloon up to 103,000 feet in an open gondola and then stepped out and freefell to Earth, becoming the only person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle. Lt. Col. David Simons stayed aloft for a full day and night in a primitive pressurized capsule to become one of the first to see the curvature of the planet. In this work, Craig Ryan masterfully captures the drama of their spectacular achievements and those of many of the other space pioneers who made America's stratospheric balloon programs possible. read more

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The first investigation conducted outside the Army and Navy establishments to address Kimmel and Short's culpability.

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When this book first appeared in 1972, Karsten, a former naval officer, was taken to task for its portrayal of the Naval Academy a...nd the officer corps. Although his conclusions riled more than a few senior officers, no one denied the significance of the study, and it was named Best Book of the Year by Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society. The work focuses on the period after the Civil War when the United States emerged as a power to be reckoned with and its navy developed into a professional fighting force. This revelatory portrait of the officer corps in the late 19th and early 20th centuries has remained an important reference work for more than thirty-five years. This new edition includes a new preface and foreword. read more

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Supported by a superb collection of illustrations, some never previously published, this new edition of a classic work describes t...he last, tough days of commercial sail, from the 1860s to World War I. Far from the romantic image conjured up by other books on the subject, this work provides readers with a true look at the harsh realities of the sailor's life on board 19th century merchant ships. To present an accurate picture, editor Charles W. Domville-Fife collected the personal stories of the seamen while they were still alive. Caught in the limbo of a dying profession where poor pay, prolonged isolation from family, and physical hardship were the norm, the men experienced neither the excitement of life on the crack clippers of earlier decades nor the safety of steamships. Instead, murder, mutiny, starvation, and shipwreck were common parts of their lives, and the retelling of their experiences makes for compelling reading. First published in 1938, these memoirs are being made available again with a new selection of photographs and a new introduction on life at sea by Robert D. Foulke. read more

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Until now, finding reliable information on U-boats lost during World War I required fluency in German and a great deal of time. No...t only was little information available in English but also German sources were difficult to track down and provided the barest of facts. Long in the making, this new reference fills the needs both of researchers looking for details of lost submarines and readers who enjoy action and adventure. It provides a comprehensive examination of each of the 203 U-boats that the Germans lost in the war. Fluent in German and at home in war archives, Dwight Messimer offers for the first time individual narratives of the men who survived their boat's sinking. Several made difficult escapes from sunken wrecks, and one man bailed out just as his submarine plunged past the 100-foot mark. Others were on deck or atop the coning tower when their boat went under.In the case of boats listed as verschollen, or lost without a trace, the author includes explanations given for what might have happened or in the case of conflicting evidence, analyzes the explanations for accuracy. Each boat entry is a narrative that stands alone allowing readers to easily focus on a particular submarine. Researchers will appreciate the convenience of the book's format and the all-inclusive nature of the information listed. Because Messimer provides the approximate locations of many of the wrecks, amateur and professional salvage divers wanting to visit wreckage sights also will find the book useful. read more

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Warships and Warship Modelling offers an overview of the design, development, and classification of modern warship types. In the f...irst section it analyzes the constructors' original models, explaining why and how they were made. The reader is shown how to research and select information on specific ships and how to find and understand plans.The book then turns to scale modeling with detailed chapters on choosing a subject, a scale, methods of construction, materials and techniques, and the details of fittings and painting. Together, the two sections give the model builder a deeper insight into the logic of the full-sized vessel, and the relationship between that vessel, and the realistic scale model or working model. read more

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At the outbreak of war in 1939 the 6,000-plus merchant ships spread across the world's oceans became pawns in the global conflict ...that permeated the operations of every shipping line on every continent. This heavily illustrated book presents the details of those ships and describes the fate of those lost between 1939 and 1945.Divided first by country and then by shipping company, the book includes the ships of such great companies as Blue Star Line, Hamburg America, and American President Lines. Details of the builders, dimensions, funnel markings, propulsion, routes, passengers, and cargoes are all given in easy-to-read tables. Some 350 photographs illustrate a representative selection of the ships. The second part of the book gives the details of the losses of around 3,000 of these vessels.For merchant ship enthusiasts as well as World War II historians this is a useful reference tool. Many will see it as a magnificent encyclopedia of merchant shipping and a wonderfully nostalgic view of the golden age of shipping as well as an eloquent reminder of the horrors and waste of war. read more

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Published on the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, this handsomely illustrated book paints a vibran...t picture of the most famous battle of the age of sail. Unlike other books on the subject, which are told mostly from Nelson's point of view or evaluate the battle's effect on world strategy, this definitive new assessment sees the battle through the eyes of other individuals involved. Using much new and revealing material, Brian Lavery, one of Britain's foremost maritime historians, traces the lives of several officers and men serving in the fleet, from mobilization in 1803 when press gangs were at their most active and brutal, through the next two years as their ships assembled off Cadiz to blockade the combined French and Spanish fleets, to the high drama of the battle itself and its aftermath. The author examines the "Nelson Touch" when the admiral took command of the fleet late in September 1805 and the roles the various ships played in the battle. While never neglecting Nelson, one of the era's greatest naval leaders, Lavery focuses on the human stories behind history to pay tribute to the men under Nelson's command and the professionalism that made Nelson's career and victory at Trafalgar possible. The book draws its illustrations from the fabulously rich resources of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. read more

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Great technological advances were made in almost every area of maritime military activity between 1793 and 1914. At the beginning ...of the nineteenth century the Napoleonic wars marked the zenith of fighting sail and wooden hulls. By the dawn of the twentieth century, heavily armed iron-hulled warships, powered by oil-fired burners and driven by screw propellers, pointed to the shape of things to come. Spencer Tucker's heavily illustrated narrative account of this crucial transition phase in naval history focuses on the evolution of ships and their ordnance. Tucker opens with a summary of technology, tactics, and strategy in the early 1800s, followed by accounts of the wars of the Napoleonic period and the factors that led to British naval supremacy. He then describes the revolutions that followed in naval ordnance, propulsion, iron hulls, and underwater warfare and reviews the naval situation before the First World War, showing how changes played out in the Sino-Japanese, Russo-Japanese, and Spanish-American Wars. He concludes with an explanation of the world naval balance on the eve of the World War I. read more