At the Water's Edge
Defending Against the Modern Amphibious Assault
Paperback ISBN: 1591143225
Conventional military wisdom holds that the amphibious assault against a defended beach is the most difficult of all military operations--yet modern amphibious landings have been almost universally successful. This apparent contradiction is fully explored in this first look at 20th-century amphibious warfare from the perspective of the defender. The author, Col. Theodore L. Gatchel, USMC (Ret.), examines amphibious operations from Gallipoli to the Falkland Islands to determine why the defenders were unable to prevent the attackers from landing or to throw them back into the sea after they had fought their way ashore. He places the reader in the defenders' shoes as such epic battles as Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Inchon are planned and fought, and then uses these cases to explain why the defenders were unable to successfully defend against enemy landings. A practitioner, teacher, and student of amphibious warfare, Colonel Gatchel follows those explanations with speculations on how a defender today might try to stop a landing and on the implications of such actions for future amphibious operations.
The U-boat Attack That Ignited the Battle of the Atlantic
Hardcover ISBN: 1781591717
The Athenia incident marked the beginning of the Second World War and shaped policy in the US, UK, and Canada. This is the first book on the Athenia in English in over 50 years. Based on research from the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. Includes survivor accounts and stories of incredible drama and human interest. Book shows that the Athenia incid
Back from the Deep
The Strange Story of the Sister Subs Squalus and Sculpin
Paperback ISBN: 1557505306
This epic World War II saga follows the USS Squalus and Sculpin as they play out their dramatic destinies in the Pacific. The author, a seasoned journalist, re-creates their entire perilous journey. The i>Squalus sank during a test dive in 1939, but thirty-three trapped crewmen were saved thanks to the revolutionary use of the McCann diving bell. The Sculpin's role in that historic rescue is just the first of many incongruous twists of fate that brought the two subs together after the i>Squalus was salvaged and rechristened the Sailfish. Carl LaVO skillfully weaves together the tragic loss of the Sculpin to a Japanese destroyer with the frenetic wrath of its sister sub. Their intertwined fates come to an eerie climax as the Sailfish unleashes a ten-hour attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier Chuyo amid a raging typhoon, unwittingly killing twenty-two of the forty-three Americans captured from the sunken Sculpin. The saga comes to a close with a moving description of the surviving Sculpin crewmen as they face incredible hardship, torture, and disease as POWs in Japan. This book is certain to instill a renewed appreciation for the intrepid men and stealthy boats that were the soul of the Pacific campaign's silent service.
A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941- 1945
Paperback ISBN: 1591142199
For almost 20 years, more than 200 reels of microfilmed Japanese naval records remained in the custody of the U.S. Naval History Division, 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.
The United States Navy, 1919-1939
Hardcover ISBN: 1591143780
For general readers, this sketch of the Navy between the world wars traces its workings and its transformation from using battleships to warships. The authors describe the work of sailors and officers, the tactics of battle line engagement, naval aviation, submarines, the Navy's management and organization, and the effect of the Marine Corps. Many b&w photos are spread throughout. Thomas C. Hone is an executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Trent Hone is an engineering manager and has written articles on the US Navy. Annotation
The Battle of the Otranto Straits
Controlling the Gateway to the Adriatic in World War I
Hardcover ISBN: 0253343798
This little-known story of the largest naval engagement in the Mediterranean during World War I - the Battle of the Otranto Straits - shows the difficulties of waging coalition warfare in which diplomatic and national jealousies override military efficiency.
The Battlecruiser Hood
Paperback ISBN: 184486202x
The destruction of the HMS Hood by the Bismarck in 1941 was one of the most shocking episodes in the history of the Royal Navy. Built during World War I, it was the largest, fastest and one of the most handsome capital ships in the world. This entry in the Anatomy of a Ship series—now in paper—features a detailed description of every aspect of the beloved battlecruiser. In addition to analyzing the genesis of its design and its contemporary significance, this exceptional study features superb line drawings, technical details, and the Hood's full service history.
An Illustrated History
Paperback ISBN: 159114678x
The tragic sight of the USS Arizona burning after the attack on Pearl Harbor is etched in the collective memory of the United States citizens that lived through that infamous day. The ship sustained more losses in one day than any other ship in the U.S. Navy's history--1,177 men. Now available in paperback, Battleship Arizona describes in detail the battleship's twenty-five-year career, including the attack at Pearl Harbor, via the riveting stories of her survivors. Paul Stillwell draws on nearly one hundred interviews of former crewmen and countless official documents to present a full history of the famous warship.
The Battleship Bismarck
Paperback ISBN: 1591140714
The Bismarck is probably the most famous warship of WWII. The German battleship, 45,000 tons, was completed in early 1941 and went on to sink the 'Mighty Hood', pride of the Royal Navy, during one of the most sensational naval encounters ever. After a dramatic chase around the North Atlantic, involving many units of the Royal Navy, Bismarck was finally dispatched with gunfire and torpedoes less than five months after she was completed. Now available in paperback, The Battleship Bismarck is the finest documentation of this famous ship ever published. What makes this and all 'Anatomy of the Ship' volumes unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys, complete with color references on the book cover as well as large scale plans on the interior flaps.