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US Mechanized Firepower Today (Tanks Illustrated No. 26)
Tanks and armoured infantry vehicles are probably the best known of modern AFVs, but beyond these is a bewildering array of other equipment used to defend tanks from air attack, to provide fire support for tank and infantry attacks, to support engineer operations and to recover and repair other armoured vehicles. The aim of this volume is to show the wide range of vehicles designed for these many roles and currently in use with, or being developed by, the US Armv. The self-propelled artillery of the US Army has changed little in the past two decades, the M109 155mm and M110 8in self-propelled howitzers, developed in the late 1950s, having proved to be effective, reliable weapons, and field artillery modernization programmes have been aimed at improving these basic systems and their ammunition and fire control equipment. With the advent of laser-guided anti-tank artillery projectiles like the 155mm M712 Copperhead, however, the need arose for a fire support team designation and targeting vehicle, which entered service in 1985 as the M981 FIST. US Army studies concluded that the main limitation in fire support was not so much a shortage of guns but inadequate availability of ammunition on the battlefield, and as a result the M992 FAASV was developed to replace trucks in supplying self-propelled artillery with ammunition. The US Army is the first to adopt this type of vehicle in significant numbers. New versions of the M109 and Ml 10 continue to appear, and replacements for these systems are unlikely to appear for at least another decade. The most novel vehicle on the US field artillery inventory is the new M270 MLRS multiple rocket launcher. The situation with US Army air defence is far more complicated and chaotic. In the 1960s the very sophisticated and ambitious Mauler air defence missile and Vigilante air defence gun programmes failed as a result of technical shortcomings and high costs. The M163 VADS air defence gun vehicle and M48 Chaparral air defence missile vehicle were adopted as interim solutions, but the US Army had hoped to replace these with, respectively, the M247 Sergeant York DIVAD and XM975 Roland. The Roland was a victim of its high costs, and only a handful were ever fielded, whilst the DIVAD programme suffered from high costs, technical problems and a changing threat —by the mid-1980s Soviet helicopters firing anti-tank missiles from long, stand-off ranges had become a greater threat than jet attack aircraft and, unfortunately, DIVAD was not entirely capable of adapting to this new problem. As a result, the US Army is still saddled with the completely inadequate M163A1 VADS. The M48A2 Chaparral has adapted somewhat better to the changing air defence environment, thanks to substantial technological advances in infra-red missile seeker technology; however, although Chaparral is very effective against jet attack aircraft it is less suitable for the anti-helicopter role, and the US Army is currently looking for a new system as part of the FAADS programme. Some of the many candidates are illustrated in this book. There is a wide variety of combat vehicles in service with the US Army, including armoured recovery vehicles like the M88 and M578 and combat engineer vehicles such as the M728 CEV, M60 AVLB and M9 ACE. These play an essential role in modern mechanized warfare by keeping the rest of the Army's vehicles moving.
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US Spyplanes (Warbirds Illustrated No. 24)
Ever since the first aerial photograph was taken, from a military observation balloon, commanders have been fascinated with this capability, and over the years systems have evolved into extremely sophisticated devices, capable of gathering all forms of data, from low-level tactical observation to Earth-orbit, high-resolution photography. Today's satellite systems afford facilities for very high quality elint (electronics intelligence) and photographic reconnaissance, but, complementing the data returned from space, that collected by the manned aircraft is still vital, and the need for immediate, accurate information has led to the development of stable and flexible reconnaissance platforms known as `spyplanes'. We will, in this volume, only glimpse the strategic reconnaissance story. Missions are usually carried out under a cloak of extreme secrecy by a single aircraft. No weapons are carried, nor payloads delivered, only the probing eyes of photo-optical systems or the invisible impulses of electronic sensors. Even when a particular mission is successful, there can be no disclosure or claim of recognition. The need for policy makers to have an immediate assessment of a global 'hot spot' or to accumulate the information necessary to determine long-term strategy depends on reconnaissance capabilities. Within this realm we will look at several of the truly amazing aircraft that have been produced to meet this need. Many aircraft specifically developed to carry out a strategic reconnaissance role have become 'classics' and have performed well beyond what could originally have been imagined. In this respect, special recognition must go to the creative design genius of Clarence `Kelly' Johnson of the Lockheed-California Company: his name and successful futuristic aircraft are synonymous. It is difficult to believe that the Lockheed U-2, first flown in 1955, is, in the form of the U-2R/TR-1, still contributing today. As far as we know, the U-2 has gone back into production at least three times since its inception. The F-12 series of high-performance Mach 3+ aircraft was originally developed as a programme of advanced interceptors. The design finally evolved into the SR-71, which is featured heavily in this volume. Strategic Air Command keeps 'an unspecified number' of Blackbirds on flight status and another 'unspecified number' in flyable storage. They are rotated in and out as demand arises and budgets allow. Although the airframe itself reportedly acquires strength through age, many subsystems have to be replaced on a continuing basis. Unlike that of the U-2, the SR-71's tooling was destroyed after the initial production run. Perhaps this tells us something; perhaps more efficient tooling methods for a follow-on aircraft were being considered many years ago. In some areas the cloak of mystery is being gently lifted, but we can only speculate about the future. For now, we must study what we have. For their assistance with photographs for this volume, special thanks go to Bob Ferguson, Lockheed-California Co.; Jim Goodall; John Andrews; Lt. Col. John Alexander USAF, Offutt AFB; and Nancy Lovato (NASA/Dryden FRF).
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USAAF Fighters of World War Two
Covers all the fighters that the Army Air Force used or developed during WW2 and covers fighters from P-35's through the P-83. A substantial detailed study of all USAAF fighters which fought in WWII, including prototypes that did not make it to production. Covers the aircraft history, variants and theatres of operation. Photographs and specification detail throughout.
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V/STOL: The Key to Survival
A V/STOL or vertical and/or short take-off and landing aircraft is an airplane able to take-off or land vertically or on short runways. In this book Roy Braybrook, who has been professionally concerned with V/STOL design and marketing for many year's, examines the operational arguments for V/STOL and possible lines of future development. Hawker's P.1127 'Jump Jet' technology demonstrator first left the ground in 1960, and successfully completed transitions between jetborne and wingborne flight in the following year. After Britain had abandoned supersonic V/STOL fighter development in 1965, the subsonic Harrier entered service with the RAF in 1969, and (as the AV-8A) with the USMC in 1971. It is arguable that V/STOL was the most important technological development in military aerospace since the advent of the supersonic fighter in the 1950s. In essence, V/STOL made combat aircraft immune not only from NBC attacks on airfields but also from any degree of runway damage. In the naval sphere, it made high performance fixed-wing operations practical from relatively small ships. It was also the only major post-war aspect of aerospace technology in which Britain achieved a world lead. Despite the importance of V/STOL, support for the concept has been half-hearted, even in the UK. The RAF's ground attack element has employed greater numbers of CTOL Jaguars than V/STOL Harriers. The opportunity to pioneer a second generation subsonic V/STOL attack aircraft with vastly improved warload-radius performance was left to America, and Britain thus abandoned the V/STOL lead. The best that Britain can now hope for is a junior partnership in a supersonic naval V/STOL fighter development that will hopefully take place around the turn of the century.
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Valour in the Victory Campaign: The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division Gallantry Decorations, 1945
A fascinating glimpse into the individual heroism and courage of the Canadian soldier during the Battle of the Rhineland and the liberation of Holland. The author has reproduced citations for the gallantry decorations awarded in 1945 to the men of the 3rd Division which, along with the 2nd and 4th Divisions, led the Canadian thrust into Germany and Holland.
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VW Kubelwagen/Schwimmwagen (VW Type 82 Kubelwagen (1940-45) / VW Type 128/166 Schwimmwagen (1941-44): Insights into the design, construction and operation of Germany’s classic Second World War military utility vehicles
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen, the 'Kubelwagen' was to the Germans what the Jeep was to the Allies and was used by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS.
War Paint: Fighter Nose Art from WWII & Korea
This book provides reveals the themes and patterns used by American airmen to individualize their planes during World War II and the Korean War. NOS, OP, but publisher has printed pages 49 to 60 upside down. Still a relevant book for modelers and other interested persons
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Gregory Clark’s 1965 Leacock Medal book describes bloody, plodding conflict in the two world wars. Its title, War Stories, is not misleading. But collectively, these stories also describe a different battle. The one to stay sane amidst the insane and to maintain a sense of humour. Books about war often take one of two approaches: the close-up, soldier’s eye view of death and ruin or the sanitized view from aloft of military strategists. But Clark, a decorated Vimy Ridge officer in the First World War and an embedded correspondent throughout almost all of the Second, speaks as a veteran soldier who also has the journalist’s capacity to analyze and observe. The combination gave him the inclination to look at the absurdities of war with sensitivity. The book draws its material from Clark’s feature articles in Weekend Magazine. In the “War Stories,” the difficult subject matter and the magazine format were merged into a refined technique. Almost all of the pieces were either heart-wrenching stories with a lighter twist at the end or a humorous episode punctuated with a reminder of war. Clark details a mob attack on a French woman “collaborator” who had been involved with a German soldier. Then his story jumps ahead to the day years later when “The German boy came back and married her.” The sad tale of an old Italian woman who was ostracized as a witch in her bombed out village transforms when she is revealed to be the protector of escaping Allied P.O.W.’s. In a story with a lighter core, Clark, a fly-fishing fanatic, describes the day he spent casting in the streams in southern England. He realizes that these streams were those celebrated in the iconic book Where the Bright Waters Meet. Clark was standing in the middle of his personal heaven. The day ends with a supper of fresh fish and talk of the book. But that’s not the end of this story. One last sentence adds a typical Clark twist: “The order presently came; and the young men piled into their lorries; and we went on down to the sea.” It was 1944. The men were off to Normandy and “the Sausage Machine.” Gregory Clark was in his fifties during the Second World War, and he could have easily avoided the grimness that time around. He had done his part in 1916 at Sanctuary Wood. In that battle, his battalion dropped from 22 officers and 680 men to 3 officers and 78 men in just two days of fighting. Four months later, with reinforcements, the same battalion lost another 1,000 men at the Somme. But he returned to the battles a few decades later and worked the World War II frontlines only coming home after the death of James Murray Clark of the Regina Rifle Regiment in 1944. Somehow Clark emerged from the wars, the loss of his son, and later personal tragedies with the capacity to hold onto those thoughts of fly-fishing, to focus on smiling faces, to care for others, and to celebrate the softer side to the end of his own life. The answer may lie in the journalist-soldier ability to stand back and observe even though you still feel. This may be, more than any technical writing tricks, the greatest lesson Greg Clark’s War Stories offers to those of us who hope to write, persevere, and keep a sense of humour in the wake of our own inevitable heartbreaks and setbacks.
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Wehrmacht: The Illustrated History of the German Army in World War II
A pictorial record of Hitler's German Army preparing for war in the 1930s and in action in every battle and campaign of World War II, which comprises more than 200 previously unpublished photographs, only recently discovered in Polish archives.
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Welcome to Flanders Fields: The First Canadian Battle of the Great War: Ypres, 1915
Rich with historical detail, 'Welcome to Flanders Fields' recreates the atmosphere and events of The Second Battle of Ypres, and gives voice to the soldiers who, in a baptism by fire, gave their hearts and their lives in the Allied cause.