. Not only that, but japan was half a world away, and the US had no airfields even within the extraordinary range of the B-29. But at the time, no strategic bombing campaign had ever brought about a nation's surrender. This analysis explains why the b-29s struggled at first, and how General LeMay devised radical and devastating tactics that began to systematically incinerate Japanese cities and industries and eliminate its maritime trade with aerial mining.
Japan 1944-45: LeMay's B-29 strategic bombing campaign Air Campaign Book 9 #ad - It was the most expensive weapons system of the war, and formidably capable. It explains how and why this campaign was so uniquely successful, and how gaps in Japan's defences contributed to the B-29s' success.
Operation Linebacker I 1972: The first high-tech air war Air Campaign Book 8Osprey Publishing #ad - Thanks to the new top gun fighter school, US naval aviators now also had a real advantage over the MiGs. This is the fascinating story of arguably the world's first “modern” air campaign. It explains how this complex operation – involving tactical aircraft, strategic bombers, close air support and airlift – defeated the invasion.
It also explains the shortcomings of the campaign, the contrasting approaches of the USAF and Navy, and the impact that Linebacker had on modern air warfare. But air power reinforcements could be rushed to the theater. Operation linebacker's objective was to destroy the invading forces from the air and cut North Vietnam's supply routes – and luckily in 1972, American air power was beginning a revolution in both technology and tactics.
Operation Linebacker I 1972: The first high-tech air war Air Campaign Book 8 #ad - At easter 1972, north vietnam invaded the South, and there were almost no US ground troops left to stop it. Most crucial was the introduction of the first effective laser-guided bombs, but the campaign also involved the fearsome AC-130 gunship and saw the debut of helicopter-mounted TOW missiles.
The Aleutians 1942-43: Struggle for the North Pacific Campaign Book 333Osprey Publishing #ad - The campaign to recapture the islands required extensive combined-ops planning, and inflicted on the United States its second highest casualty rate in the Pacific theatre. It is often forgotten that during world war ii, the Japanese managed to successfully invade and conquer a precious part of American home soil – the first time this had happened since 1815.
These geographic conditions tended to neutralize traditional American strengths such as air power, radar, naval bombardment and logistics. Featuring the largest japanese banzai charge of the war, first use of pre-battle battleship bombardment in the Pacific and the battle at the Komandorski Islands, this is the full story of the forgotten battle to liberate American soil from the Japanese.
The Aleutians 1942-43: Struggle for the North Pacific Campaign Book 333 #ad - It is a barren, with a climate of constant snow, rugged archipelago of icy mountains and thick bogs, freezing rains and windstorms. Capturing the aleutian islands, located in Alaska territory, was seen by the Japanese as vital in order to shore up their northern defensive perimeter. Fighting in the Aleutians was uniquely brutal.
Battle of Berlin 1943-44: Bomber Harris' gamble to end the war Air Campaign Book 11Osprey Publishing #ad - The campaign remains controversial and the jury, even today, is ultimately undecided as to what it realistically achieved. This campaign had been undertaken by the commander-in-Chief Bomber Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, and was baptized 'The Battle of Berlin'. Throughout late-1943 into early-1944, an epic struggle raged over the skies of Germany between RAF Bomber Command and the Luftwaffe.
Illustrated throughout with full-colour artwork depicting the enormous scale of the campaign, this is the story of the RAF's much debated attempt to win the war through bombing alone. The berlin campaign was a hard, desperate slog. Struggling against dreadful and bitter winter weather, Bomber Command 'went' to Berlin a total of sixteen times, suffering increasingly severe losses throughout the winter of 1943/44 in the face of a revitalized German air-defence.
Six-Day War 1967: Operation Focus and the 12 hours that changed the Middle East Air Campaign Book 10Osprey Publishing #ad - It is the story of how israel's victory in the Six-Day War began with a single, shocking day. In 1967, syria, the israeli air force was outnumbered more than two to one by the jets of hostile Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. Another 20 follow-up missions were already in the air, initially scheduled to hit every five minutes.
On one day in june, the balance of air power in the Middle East was turned upside down by perhaps the most ruthlessly effective air superiority campaign in history – Operation Moked, or Focus. This new history of operation focus explains how the concept for Focus was devised and meticulously planned, the astonishing rate of serviceability and turnaround speed it required from ground crews, and how the relentless tempo of strikes shattered one air force after another.
Six-Day War 1967: Operation Focus and the 12 hours that changed the Middle East Air Campaign Book 10 #ad - Operation focus was Israel's ingenious strike plan to overturn the balance. At 0745hrs on june 6, israeli jets hit Egypt's airfields simultaneously, first bombing runways and then strafing aircraft.
Hellcat vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai: Pacific Theater 1944-45 Duel Book 91Osprey Publishing #ad - Us navy hellcat pilots in turn were credited with many of the scores of Shiden-Kais that were downed attempting to defend Japan. By the early months of 1944 in the pacific, the us navy's burgeoning force of carrier-based F6F-3/5 Hellcats had pretty much wiped the skies clear of Japanese fighters during a series of one-sided aerial engagements.
This fully illustrated book compares these two fascinating aircraft, using specially commissioned artwork, first-hand accounts and a thorough technical analysis. However, a formidable fighter with improved armament, starting in October they faced the superb Kawanishi N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai, a powerful engine and excellent manoeuvrability that in contrast to earlier Japanese fighters had the ability to withstand a greater degree of battle damage.
Hellcat vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai: Pacific Theater 1944-45 Duel Book 91 #ad - Japanese pilots using this aircraft would claim more than 170 aerial victories over Kyushu and whilst escorting Kamikazes attacking Allied ships off Okinawa.
Mortain 1944: Hitler's Normandy Panzer offensive Campaign Book 335Osprey Publishing #ad - Had this succeeded, it not only would have cut off the First US Army spearheads, but also Patton's newly deployed Third US Army operating in Brittany. The plan was to send a large panzer force across the First US Army sector, cutting off its spearheads, and finally reach Avranches on the coast. Fully illustrated with stunning full-colour artwork, this book tells the story of Operation Lüttich, the failed offensive which ended any prospect of Germany winning the battle of Normandy.
Following the successful landings in Normandy on D-Day and consolidation during Operation Cobra, the Wehrmacht was ordered to begin a counter-offensive named Operation Lüttich. However, the allies were well-prepared for the offensive and not only repelled the oncoming panzers, thanks to an intercepted radio message, but went on a counter-attack that would lead to a whole German army becoming encircled in the Falaise Pocket.
Northrop Flying Wings X-Planes Book 10Osprey Publishing #ad - But the greatest legacy was the first operational flying wing – the Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber, which used much of the hard-won experience from the pioneering programs of half a century before. Half a century before the 'flying wing' B-2 stealth bomber entered service, John K. Jack' northrop was already developing prototypes of a large 'flying wing' strategic bomber, which would have been the most radical bombers of their age.
While the program was cancelled in the 1950s, the concept extended into other highly innovative areas, such as the XP-56 and MX-324 Rocket Wing prototype fighters. Several of these were built, gradually evolving into the definitive XB-35 configuration. World war ii brought a need for very long-range bombers and Northrop received a contract for a 172-ft span bomber, the B-35.
Northrop Flying Wings X-Planes Book 10 #ad - Testing revealed that the aircraft was invisible to radar, but engineers struggled to overcome the design challenges and several pilots were lost in crashes.
Sink the Tirpitz 1942-44: The RAF and Fleet Air Arm duel with Germany's mighty battleship Air Campaign Book 7Osprey Publishing #ad - With detailed maps and diagrams, the evolving strategic situation, it explains the aircraft and ordnance the British had to work with, and why the task was so difficult. Her destruction suddenly became a top Allied priority. But sinking a modern and formidably armed battleship was no easy task, protected by anti-torpedo nets, mountainous fjord, especially when she lay secure in a remote, radar, flak guns and smoke generators.
This book charts the full, from the fleet air arm's failed torpedo attack at sea, and the carrier-borne Barracuda airstrikes of Operations Mascot, complex story of the air war against Tirpitz, the RAF's early Halifax raids, Tungsten and Goodwood, to the three Tallboy attacks that finally crippled and sank her.
Sink the Tirpitz 1942-44: The RAF and Fleet Air Arm duel with Germany's mighty battleship Air Campaign Book 7 #ad - . This is the story of an air campaign in which each bomb could dramatically influence the course of the war. In january 1942, the powerful german battleship Tirpitz sailed into her new base in a Norwegian fjord, within easy reach of the Arctic Convoys.
M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank 1993-2018 New Vanguard Book 268Osprey Publishing #ad - Recent years have seen new variants of the series such as the ABV Assault Breacher Vehicle and M104 Wolverine Heavy Assault Bridge. Involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan necessitated a number of upgrades and modifications as the United States fought two of its longest wars. Since the gulf war, the Abrams tank has undergone a transformation, while fighting in conflicts across the world.
Over the past few decades, the M1A1 Abrams has also been extensively exported and is license produced in Egypt. Its m1a1 and m1a2 variants have seen great improvements made to this iconic tank, armour protection, including in fire-control, and thermal imaging technology. The long-awaited follow-up to nvg 2 m1 abrams main battle tank 1982–92 1993, this fully illustrated study examines the Abrams tanks' last quarter-century of service with both the United States and its various foreign operators with a focus on its combat history.
Chinese Battleship vs Japanese Cruiser: Yalu River 1894 Duel Book 92Osprey Publishing #ad - The 1894–95 war between china and japan, known in the West as the First Sino-Japanese War, lasted only nine months, but its impact resonates today. The chinese beiyang northern fleet was led by her flagship, dingyuan, which were the biggest in Asia; German-built armoured turret ships, Zhenyuan, and her sister ship, they were armed with four 12in guns and two 6in guns, plus six smaller guns and three torpedo tubes.
For their part the japanese fleet, including the Matsushima and her sister ships Itsukushima and Hashidate, were each armed with a single 12. 6in canet gun and 11 or 12 4. 7in guns, plus smaller guns and four torpedo tubes. The scene was set for a bloody confrontation that would stun the world and transform the relationship between China and Japan.
Chinese Battleship vs Japanese Cruiser: Yalu River 1894 Duel Book 92 #ad - Fully illustrated with stunning artwork, this is the engrossing story of the Yalu River campaign, where Chinese and Japanese ironclads fought for control of Korea.