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Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-45 #226 Osprey New Vanguard, Angus Konstam
1 Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-45 #226 Osprey New Vanguard
Angus Konstam UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472805011 / 9781472805010 Soft cover New Book 24.8 x 18.4 x 0.5 cm Paul Wright 
In the early 20th century Britain's largest colonies established their own small naval presence, and their ships fought alongside the Royal Navy during World War I. These fleets were expanded during the inter-war years, and in 1939 the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy willingly joined the fight on behalf of the British Commonwealth. For the most part these small navies consisted of a few cruisers and destroyers, designed to protect territorial waters and local sea lanes. However, these warships and their crews soon found themselves involved in a global war, and consequently were called upon to fight wherever they were needed, against the Germans, the Italians and the Japanese. This book tells the story of these small cruiser forces, and the men who served the Allied cause so well during the long and brutal war at sea. 
Price: 24.95 AUD
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Taranto 1940: The Fleet Air Arm's Precursor to Pearl Harbor #288 Osprey Campaign, Angus Konstam
2 Taranto 1940: The Fleet Air Arm's Precursor to Pearl Harbor #288 Osprey Campaign
Angus Konstam UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472808967 / 9781472808967 Soft cover New Book 24.8 x 18.4 x 0.8 cm Peter Dennis 
The Royal Navy's attack on Taranto in 1940 heralded a new age of warfare. It was the decisive moment in a struggle for dominance of the Mediterranean that had gone on for months, as the British and Italian navies both looked to secure maritime supply routes for their colonies. With the enormous demands of a global war beginning to tell, the British capital ships were simply too thinly spread for a large fleet action against Taranto, where the bulk of the Italian fleet lay menacingly. How was the Royal Navy to eliminate the threat of the Regia Marina? This is the story of one of World War II's most devastating raids, recounting how a handful of obsolete Fairey Swordfish biplanes swooped in and destroyed an Italian battleship and badly damaged two more. With expert analysis, detailed colour illustrations and a gripping narrative, this book explains the origins of the attack, its planning and execution, and what happened in the aftermath. 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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U-47 in Scapa Flow: The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939 #33 Osprey Raid, Angus Konstam
3 U-47 in Scapa Flow: The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939 #33 Osprey Raid
Angus Konstam UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472808908 / 9781472808905 Soft cover New Book 24.8 x 18.4 x 0.6 cm Peter Dennis and Alan Gilliland 
At the outset of World War II, Scapa Flow was supposed to be the safe home base of the British Navy - nothing could penetrate the defences of this bastion. So how, in the dead of night, was Gunther Prien's U-47 able to slip through the line of protective warships to sink the mighty Royal Oak? This book provides the answer with an account of one of the most daring naval raids in history. Drawing on the latest underwater archaeological research, this study explains how Prien and his crew navigated the North Sea and Kirk Sound to land a devastating blow to the British. It reveals the level of disrepair that Scapa Flow had fallen into, and delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the event, including an alleged cover-up by the then First Sea Lord, Winston Churchill. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 7th - 11th Centuries #64 Osprey Duel, Angus Konstam and Peter Dennis
4 Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 7th - 11th Centuries #64 Osprey Duel
Angus Konstam and Peter Dennis UK Osprey Publishing 2015 147280757X / 9781472807571 Soft cover New Book 
For four hundred years the Byzantine Empire's naval forces vied with the warships of the Islamic world for mastery of the Mediterranean. At the heart of this confrontation were the fighting vessels of the two powers, the Byzantine dromon and the Arabic shalandi, both oared warships. In those four centuries of warfare between two major maritime powers, both the Byzantines and the Arabs left us records of their doctrine and tactics, as well as of how their ships were built. Featuring full-colour artwork and rigorous analysis from an authority on naval warfare, this enthralling book offers a glimpse of the long-lost world of war at sea in the age of Byzantium. 
Price: 34.95 AUD
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Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II, Jeffrey Cox
5 Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II
Jeffrey Cox UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472810600 / 9781472810601 Soft cover New Book 23.4 x 15.2 x 4.0 cm 
Few events have ever shaken a country in the way that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor affected the United States. The Japanese forces then continued to overwhelm the Allies, attacking Malaya with its fortress of Singapore, and taking resource-rich islands in the Pacific in their own blitzkrieg offensive. Allied losses in these early months after America's entry into the war were great, and among the most devastating were those suffered during the Java Sea Campaign, where a small group of Americans, British, Dutch, and Australians were isolated in the Far East - directly in the path of the Japanese onslaught. It would be the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. 
Price: 24.95 AUD
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US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships: Pacific Theater 1944-45 #69 Duel, Mark Stille
6 US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships: Pacific Theater 1944-45 #69 Duel
Mark Stille UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472808495 / 9781472808493 Soft cover New Book 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2 cm Jim Laurier 
As the Pacific War approached a crescendo, the clashes between swarming US Navy carrier aircraft, and the gigantic Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Yamato-class battleships became symbolic of the fortunes of the two nations. They also served as a metaphor for the profound changes in naval technology and doctrine that the war had brought about. The two opposing forces were the most powerful of their kind - the Japanese Yamato and Musashi were the biggest most heavily armored and armed battleships ever built, while US carrier aviation had evolved into a well-oiled, war-winning machine. With detailed analysis of the technical features of the opposing war machines and a gripping account of the fighting itself, this vividly illustrated work presents views from the cockpits of US Navy Divebombers, and down the sights of IJN anti-aircraft guns, during two of the most dramatic naval engagements ever fought. 
Price: 34.95 AUD
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US Standard-Type Battleships 1941-45 1: Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico Classes #220 Osprey New Vanguard, Mark Stille
7 US Standard-Type Battleships 1941-45 1: Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico Classes #220 Osprey New Vanguard
Mark Stille UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472806964 / 9781472806963 Soft cover New Book 
Written by US Navy expert Mark Stille, this book offers a unique insight into the Standard-type classes of US battleships. It provides a detailed investigation into the histories of each of the warships in the Standard-type battleship classes, the first three of which, the Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, formed the US Navy's main force in the inter-war period. The Standard-types reflected a new design philosophy: by designing each class to meet common standards of maneuvrability and handling, vessels of different classes could operate as a single tactical unit without being limited by the performance of the slowest and least maneuvrable ship. At the time of their construction, these ships incorporated the latest design features such as triple gun turrets. Although they were rendered increasingly obsolete by evolving naval doctrines and the ascendance of the fast battleship, they served with distinction throughout World War II. This study combines analysis of design features and an absorbing narrative of operational histories to offer a comprehensive picture of the Standard-type battleships, from the brutal destruction of the USS Arizona to the triumphant occupation of Japan. 
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Republican Roman Warships 509-27 BC #225 New Vanguard, Raffaele D'Amato
8 Republican Roman Warships 509-27 BC #225 New Vanguard
Raffaele D'Amato UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472808274 / 9781472808271 Soft cover New Book 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2 cm Giuseppe Rava 
The birth of the mighty Roman Navy was anchored in the Romans' extraordinary ability to absorb and perfect the technology of other states and empires. This is the story of the design, development and operation of the Republican Roman warship in the age of the conquest of the Mediterranean, from the first Roman naval adventure of 394 BC and the Punic Wars, to Pompey's operations against the Cilician Pirates and Caesar's victorious naval campaigns in Armorica, concluding with the consolidation of the Mediterranean Sea as Mare Nostrum with the battle of Actium in 31 BC. Archaeological photography, including those of exciting new finds, such as the Roman warship rosta (rams) found in the Aegates Islands, accompany lavish artistic reconstructions in illustrating the ships of the first Roman navy. 
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Ottoman Navy Warships 1914-18 #227 New Vanguard, Ryan K. Noppen
9 Ottoman Navy Warships 1914-18 #227 New Vanguard
Ryan K. Noppen UK Osprey Publishing 2015 1472806190 / 9781472806192 Soft cover New Book 24.8 x 18.4 x 0.5 cm Paul Wright 
At the start of the 20th century the Ottoman Navy was a shadow of its former might, a reflection of the empire as a whole - the "Sick Man of Europe". Years of defeat, nepotism, and neglect had left the Ottoman Navy with a mix of obsolete vessels, whilst the list of prospective enemies was ever-growing. An increasing Russian naval presence in the Black Sea and the alarming emergence of Italy and Greece as regional Naval powers proved beyond all doubt that intensive modernization was essential, indeed, the fate of the Empire as a naval power depended on it. So the Ottoman Navy looked to the ultimate naval weapon of the age, the dreadnought, two of which were ordered from the British. But politics intervened, and a succession of events culminated in the Ottoman Navy fielding a modern German battle cruiser and state-of-the-art light cruiser instead - with dramatic consequences. In this meticulous study, Ryan Noppen presents a fresh appraisal of the technical aspects and operations of the warships of the Ottoman Navy in World War I. It is the first work of its kind in the English language - produced with a wealth of rare material with the co-operation of the Turkish Consulate and Navy. Packed with precise technical specifications, revealing illustrations and exhaustive research, this is an essential guide to a crucial chapter in the Aegean arms race. 
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