Gibraltar was rightly seen by the British in World War II as one of the three keys to the Mediterranean, and thus the prosecution of the war against Italy after that country had declared war on the UK on 10 June 1940. With the Far East and Australasia vital to British strategic, political and economic …
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Succeeding the turbojet-powered Raduga KS-1 Komet and K-10S (AS-1 ‘Kennel’ and AS-2 ‘Kipper’) subsonic and supersonic missiles in the stand-off role against major surface forces, especially those centred on an aircraft carrier, the Raduga Kh-22 is known to NATO as the AS-4 ‘Kitchen’. This substantial long-range missile is still in service, and in an air-launched …
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For a transoceanic passage, the LST Mk 2 could carry one landing landing craft (LCT Mk 5 or LCT Mk 6) for side-launching, and this was a feature which was sometimes also used for the carriage of LCTs to the vicinity of an amphibious assault. In LST beaching operations, a satisfactory manner to bridge the …
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The world’s first powered, sustained and controlled aeroplane flight had been made only in 1903 by the Wright brothers. Furthermore, technical developments were made only slowly up to the start of World War I (1914/18),where many pioneers foresaw the emergence of the aeroplane as a weapon. The potential of the aeroplane as a war machine was …
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A history of the development and building of the US ‘Sims’ class of destroyers, which consisted of 12 ships, all of which served during WW2.
A history of France’s Le Fantasque class destroyers operated during WW2 and which were known for their high speed, including their service history and specification.
An account of the Battle of Lake Balaton or ‘Frühlingserwachen’, Germany’s last strategic offensive of World War II and the disastrous results.
The Battle of the North Cape in which British and German navies clashed in December 1943: the British had launched Operation ‘FV’ to cover convoys in northern USSR and the Germans launched ‘Ostfront’ to destroy the convoys.
A history of Operation ‘Dracula’, the British recapture of Rangoon, the capital of Burma, in May 1945, with details of the operational stages and the forces involved.
A history of Operation Weserübung, the German seizure of Denmark and Norway, with details of operational stages and consequences of the conflict.