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Battle of Berlin 1943-44, Bomber Harris Gambel to End the War
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    About this Osprey Publishing BookThroughout late-1943 into early-1944, an epic struggle raged over the skies of Germany between RAF Bomber Command and the Luftwaffe. 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'.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...

    Battle of Britain 1940, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPACM1
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      This book is an original, rigorous campaign study of the Luftwaffe's Operation ? Adlerangriff, researched in Germany's World War II archives and using the most accurate data available. Doug Dildy explains the capabilities of both sides, sets the campaign in context, and argues persuasively that it was the Luftwaffe's own mistakes and failures that led to its defeat, and kept alive the Allies' chance to ultimately defeat Nazi Germany.

      Battle of the Atlantic 1939-41
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        Battle of the Atlantic 1939-41 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPACM15At the start of World War II, few thought the U-boat would be as devastating as it proved to be. But convoys and sonar-equipped escorts proved inadequate to defend the Allies' merchantmen, and the RAF's only offensive weapon was the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. For RAF Coastal Command, the first two years of the war were the hardest. Although starved of resources, operating with outdated aircraft and often...

        Constantinople AD 717-18
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          Constantinople AD 717-18 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPCAM347The siege of Constantinople in AD 717-18 was the supreme crisis of Western civilization. The Byzantine Empire had been reeling under the onslaught of Arabic imperialism since the death of the Prophet, whilst Jihadist armies had detached Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Carthage from imperial control and were in the process of imposing their ascendancy at sea. The Empire had been reduced to its Anatolian and Balkan heartland, and...

          Guadalcanal 1942-43, Japans Bid to Knock Out Henderson Field and the Cactus Air Force
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            About this Osprey Publishing BookThe campaign for Guadalcanal, which stretched from August 1942 until February 1943, centered on Henderson Field. The airfield was captured by the US on 8 August and placed into operation by 20 August. As long as the airfield was kept operational and stocked with sufficient striking power, the Japanese could not run convoys with heavy equipment and large amounts of supplies to the island. Instead, they were forced to rely on night runs by destroyers which could...

            IA Drang 1965
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              Ia Drang 1965 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPCAM345The Pleiku campaign of October-November 1965 was a major event in the Vietnam War, and it is usually regarded as the first substantial battle between the US Army and the People's Army of Vietnam. The brigade-sized actions involving elements of the US 1st Cavalry Division at Landing Zones X-Ray and Albany in the valley of the river Drang have become iconic episodes in the military history of the United States.In 1965, in an effort to stem...

              Japan 1944-45:LeMays B-29 by Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPACM9
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                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. It explains how and why this campaign was so uniquely successful, and how gaps in Japan's defences contributed to the B-29s' success.

                Malta 1940-42, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPACM4
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                  In 1940, the strategically vital island of Malta was Britain's last toehold in the central Mediterranean, wreaking havoc among Axis shipping. Launching an air campaign to knock Malta out of the war, first Italy and then Germany sought to force a surrender or reduce the defences enough to allow an invasion. Drawing on original documents, multilingual aviation analyst Ryan Noppen explains how technical and tactical problems caused the original Italian air campaign of 1940-41 to fail, and then...

                  Operation Crossbow 1944, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPACM5
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                    Fully illustrated with commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs, ? Operation Crossbow 1944 ? examines the dynamics of the world's first missile war. It also describes the parallel American efforts to develop missiles and assault drones to attack the "Heavy Crossbow" sites, including the Air Force's Aphrodite and Navy Anvil projects.

                    Operation Linebacker II 1972 by Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPACM8
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                      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.

                      Operation Linebacker II 1972, Osprey Publishing, Item Number OSPACM6
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                        In an attempt to end the war quickly and 'persuade' the North Vietnamese to return to the negotiating table, President Nixon ordered the Air Force to send the US' ultimate conventional weapon, the B-52 bomber, against their capital, Hanoi. Bristling with the latest Soviet air defence missiles, it was the most heavily defended target in Vietnam. Taking place in late December, this campaign was soon dubbed the ? Christmas Bombings'.

                        Ploesti 1943: The Great Raid on Hitlers Romanian Oil Refineries
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                          About this Osprey Publishing BookOperation Tidal Wave was one of the boldest and most controversial air raids by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). At the time, the Romanian Ploesti oil fields produced about a third of all Axis oil, and was Germany's single most important fuel source. In the summer of 1943, the USAAF decided to stage a major raid on Ploesti from air bases in Libya. The resulting Operation Tidal Wave raid on 1 August 1943 was one of the costliest to date, losing 53...

                          Rabaul 1943-44, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPACM2
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                            The struggle decided more than the fate of Rabaul. If successful, the Allies would demonstrate a new form of warfare, where air power, with a judicious use of naval and land forces, would eliminate the need to occupy a ground objective in order to control it. As it turned out, the Siege of Rabaul proved to be more just than a successful demonstration of air power - it provided the roadmap for the rest of World War II in the Pacific.

                            Rolling Thunder 1965-68, Osprey Publishing, Item Number OSPACM3
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                              Operation Rolling Thunder was the campaign that was meant to keep South Vietnam secure, and dissuade the North from arming and supplying the Viet Cong. It pitted the world's strongest air forces against the MiGs and missiles of a small Soviet client state. But the US airmen who flew Rolling Thunder missions were crippled by a badly thought-out strategy, rampant political interference in operational matters, and aircraft optimised for Cold War nuclear strikes rather than conventional warfare.

                              Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943
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                                Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPACM14In 1943, the USAAF and RAF launched the Combined Bomber Offensive, designed to systematically destroy the industries that the German war machine relied on. At the top of the hit list were aircraft factories and plants making ball-bearings - a component thought to be a critical vulnerability. Schweinfurt in southern Germany was home to much of the ball-bearing industry and, together with the Messerschmitt factory in...

                                Sink the Tirpitz 1942-44, The RAF and Fleet Air Arm Duel with Germanys Mighty Battleship
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                                  About this Osprey Publishing BookThis 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. Her destruction suddenly became a top Allied priority. But sinking a modern and formidably armed battleship was no easy task, especially when she lay secure in a remote, mountainous fjord, protected by anti-torpedo...

                                  Six Day War 1967
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                                    SIX-DAY WAR 1967 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPACM10On 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. In 1967, the Israeli Air Force was outnumbered more than two to one by the jets of hostile Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Operation Focus was Israel's ingenious strike plan to overturn the balance. At 0745hrs on June 6, Israeli jets hit Egypt's...

                                    Yalu River 1950-51
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                                      Yalu River 1950-51 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPCAM346Following the Inchon landings and the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter, UN forces crossed the North Korean border on 9 October and moved on the capital Pyongyang. Many in America believed the war would be over by Christmas, but some Washington diplomatic, military, and intelligence experts continued to raise dire warnings that the People's Republic of China might intervene. Nevertheless, General MacArthur decided to push on to the...

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