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B-24 Liberator Vs Ki-43 Oscar: China And Burma 1943, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE41
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    Author: Edward M. YoungIllustrator: Jim LaurierAbout this bookIn reviewing reports of air combat from Spain, China and the early stages of the war in Europe, the US Army Air Corps called for heavier armor and armament for its bomber fleet, including the addition of a tail turret. While Japan tried to counter with their own heavy fighters, their inability to produce them in any number meant that they were forced to face the bomber threat with the nimble, but under_armed Ki-43 _Oscar_. While...

    Bf 109 Vs Yak-1/7, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE65
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      Step into the cockpits of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the Red Air Force's Yaks 1-7, two fighters which were involved in some of the largest, fiercest aerial battles in history. The Iconic Messerschmitt fighter and its combat hardened pilots inflicted a fearful beating on the Yaks in the beginning of the war. Some of the highest scoring aces in history benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the overweight and underpowered Yak 1, racking up incredible successes against their...

      Bf-110 Vs Lancaster 1942, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE51
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        The RAF introduced the Avro Lancaster in 1942 and used it to spearhead this aerial offensive. In response, the Luftwaffe created an elite nightfighter force based primarily upon the Bf 110. The Luftwaffe was quick to equip it with airborne radar that allowed it to intercept and destroy Lancasters over Germany. In turn, the RAF adopted countermeasures such as the Monica rearward-looking radar to alert Lancaster crews to the approach of nightfighters. In May 1943 the Luftwaffe suddenly developed...

        Bonhomme Richard Vs Serapis
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          Bonhomme Richard Vs Serapis by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPDUE44

          Brit Battlecruiservsger Battle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE56
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            The rival battlecruisers first clashed in January 1915 at Dogger Bank in the North Sea and although the battle was a British tactical victory with neither side losing any of its battlecruisers, the differences in the designs of the British and German ships were already apparent. The two sides responded very differently to this first clash; while the Germans improved their ammunition-handling procedures to lessen the risk of disabling explosions, the British drew the opposite lesson and...

            British Frigate Vs French Frig, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE52
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              In the early days of World War I, Germany unveiled a new weapon - the mobile 42cm (16.5 inch) M-Ger-t howitzer. At the time, it was the largest artillery piece of its kind in the world and a closely guarded secret. When war broke out, two of the howitzers were rushed directly from the factory to Liege where they quickly destroyed two forts and compelled the fortress to surrender. After repeat performances at Namur, Maubeuge and Antwerp, German soldiers christened the howitzers -Grosse' or...

              Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE64
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                About this Osprey Publishing BookFor 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 drom_n and the Arabic shaland_, 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...

                Centurion Vs T-55 Yom Kippur War 1973, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE21
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                  Centurion Vs T-55 "Yom Kippur War 1973" by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE21Duel 21Author: Simon DunstanIllustrators: Howard Gerrard Ian Palmer Griff WasonAbout this bookConceived at the height of World War II, the British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 were initially expected to counter the formidable Panther and Tiger tanks of Germany. But as the Cold War unfolded, these machines prepared instead for the coming struggle between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Though they never fought in...

                  Chinese Irncld Btlshp vs Japan by Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE92
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                    The Chinese Beiyang (Northern) Fleet was led by her flagship, ? Dingyuan, and her sister ship, Zhenyuan, which were the biggest in Asia; German-built armoured turret ships, 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...

                    Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad: Hampton Roads 1862, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE14
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                      Duel 14Author: Ron FieldIllustrators: Howard Gerrard Peter BullAbout this book The Ironclad was a revolutionary weapon of war, the first modern, armoured, self-propelled warships. During the American Civil War the South used ironclads to protect their ports from the Northern blockade. Impressed with their superior resistance to fire and, the North developed its own rival fleet of ironclads. Eventually the two products of this modern arms race duelled at the battle of Hampton Roads in a clash...

                      Css Alabama Vs Uss Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE40
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                        Author: Mark LardasIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe most successful commerce raider of the Civil War, the CSS Alabama almost single-handedly drove United States merchant shipping from the seas. Her illustrious career saw the capture of 60 merchant ships and two duels with ships of the US Navy. This book gives the complete story of the development of the Confederacy_s commerce raiding force and the ships the Union set against them. Compiled from numerous first-hand accounts as well...

                        F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 Guideline SAM, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE35
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                          F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 'Guideline' SAM by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE35The Vietnam war was the first conflict that saw extensive use of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, and thus became a training ground for the tactics of this new type of battle. This Duel presents this story in the context of two of the main opponents: America's top fighter-bomber and the NVA's best anti-aircraft missile.

                          F-4 Phantom Vs Mig-21 Nam 1965, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE12
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                            This book draws us into the dangerous world braved by American and North Vietnamese airmen in the skies over Vietnam. Influential leaders and tacticians are profiled to provide a comparative evaluation of their contrasting skills. This book also reveals the technical specifications of each jet with an analysis of the weaponry, avionics and survival devices of the F-4 Phantom II as flown by the USAF and the MiG-21. The fighters' strengths and weaknesses are also compared, including turn radius,...

                            F-8 Crusader Vs Mig-17 1966, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE61
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                              Revered by Naval Aviators as the ? last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader enjoyed great success against VPAF MiG-17s during the Rolling Thunder campaign of 1966-68. But, the MiG-17's unequalled low-speed manoeuvrability, small size and powerful cannon armament meant that the American forces didn't have it all their own way. This fully illustrated book, featuring photographs, maps and battlescene artwork, reveals the tactics that were...

                              F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE54
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                                About this Osprey Publishing BookThe Grumman F4F Wildcat and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were contemporaries, although designed to very different requirements. The Wildcat, ruggedly built to survive the rigors of carrier operations, was the best carrier fighter the US Navy had available when the USA entered World War II, and it remained the principal fighter for the US Navy and the US Marine Corps until 1942-43. With a speed greater than 300mph, exceptional manoeuvrability, long range, and an...

                                F6f Hellcat Vs A6m Zero-Sen, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE62
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                                  About this Osprey Publishing BookThe Grumman F6F Hellcat and Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were the two principal opposing fighters in the brutal aerial clashes of the Pacific War from 1943 onwards. Reminiscent of the preceding F4F Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat was designed specifically to counter the earlier A6M2 Zero-sen, the strengths and weaknesses of which became fully understood by US designers after an undamaged example was recovered in the Aleutians. The powerful Hellcat had an impressive top...

                                  F6F Hellcat vs N1K1/2 Shiden by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPDUE91
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                                    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. However, starting in October they faced the superb Kawanishi N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai, a formidable fighter with improved armament, a powerful engine and excellent manoeuvrability that in contrast to earlier Japanese fighters had the ability to withstand a greater degree of battle...

                                    Fw-200 Condor Vs Atlan Convoys, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE25
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                                      Fw-200 Condor Vs Atlan Convoys by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE25 Duel 25Authors: Robert Forczyk Tim BrownIllustrators: Tony Bryan Howard Gerrard Ian PalmerAbout this bookAfter the fall of France in 1940, Germany attempted to strangle Britain into submission by attacking the Atlantic Convoys, which brought much need supplies and war materiel from the USA and Canada. While the U-boats attacked from beneath the seas, the Germans modified a civilian airliner to create the Fw-200 Condor to...

                                      German Flak Defences vs Allied Heavy Bombers, 1942?45
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                                        About this Osprey Publishing BookSince the end of World War II, the strategic bombing of Germany has inspired numerous studies, countless books and several documentary films, and it is not surprising. With more than one million tons of bombs dropped, close to 300,000 civilians killed, 700,000 wounded and in excess of 3,500,000 industrial and residential structures destroyed, the Allied bomber offensive was industrial war on a grand scale. The air battle that raged over Germany has often been...

                                        Gladiator Vs CR.42 Falco 40-1, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE47
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                                          Author: Hakan GustavssonBoth the Gloster Gladiator and the Fiat CR.42 Falco represented the peak in the development of the biplane fighter, which could trace its lineage back to World War I. However, by the time both aircraft entered service in the late 1930s, they were already obsolete. Nevertheless, they gave sterling service on all fronts in the Mediterranean and Africa in 1940-41. Indeed, the CR.42 was the Regia Aeronautica's staple fighter in both North and East Africa, Greece and over...

                                          Jagdpanther Vs Su-100 Ef 1945, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE58
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                                            As World War II in Europe reached its end, armour development and doctrine had experienced several years of massively accelerated change, especially within the crucible of the Eastern Front. The German Jagdpanther and Soviet SU-100, both turretless tank-destroyer designs based on a -traditional' turret-tank chassis, were the culminating examples of how the progression of experience, resources and time constraints produced vehicles that were well suited for roles of defence and offence,...

                                            King Tiger Vs Is-2 Solstice 45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE37
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                                              King Tiger Vs Is-2 Solstice 45 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE37This book examines the technology and strategy that defined the outcome of the battles between the King Tiger and the IS-2. The Soviets had been quick to develop tanks that could fight the Tiger on an equal footing, but these were developed as part of a completely different strategy than that employed by the Germans. The King Tiger was a modern marvel, and remained unmatched in one-on-one combat. Technologically superior,...

                                              La-5/7 vs Fw 190: Eastern Front 1942?45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE39
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                                                La-5/7 vs Fw 190: Eastern Front 1942-45 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE39Soviet fighter aviation suffered terribly at the hands of the Jagdwaffe in the first year of the war in the east and, with the arrival of JG 51 and its Fw 190s on the Stalingrad Front in September 1942, things only got worse. However, help was on its way in the form of the La-5. Tougher, faster, and with a greater rate of climb than its predecessors, most were flow by a new generation of better-trained pilots led...

                                                M1 Abrams Vs T-72 Ural, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE18
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                                                  M1 Abrams Vs T-72 Ural by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE18The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armoured, highly mobile and capable of killing at over 2500m the M1 Abrams is, to this day, a veritable fighting machine. Superior to both Iraq-s Soviet era T-55 and T-62 tanks, nearly all sources claim that no Abrams tank has ever been destroyed by enemy fire. Despite entering service in 1980, the M1 Abrams remained untested in...

                                                  M10 Tank Destroyer Vs Stug Iii, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE53
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                                                    The Allies' M10 Tank Destroyer and the Germans' Sturmgesch-tz (StuG) lll were the unsung workhorses of the northwest European battlefields of 1944-45. While their mission was not principally fighting one another, their widespread use ensured their frequent encounters, from the Normandy Bocage, to the rubble-strewn streets of Aachen.The StuG lll was the quintessential assault gun, a low-slung, heavily armoured, turret-less vehicle intended to provide direct fire support for infantry formations,...

                                                    M3 Grant Vs Panzer III 1943, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE10
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                                                      M3 Grant Vs Panzer Iii 1943 by OspreyItem Number: OSPDUE10Duel 10Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Ian Palmer Giuseppe RavaAbout this bookThis was a duel between the stalwart of the Wehrmacht armored divisions - the Panzerkampfwagen III - and the American's as yet untested M3 Grant. In reality both would prove unequal to the task as they floundered amidst the rugged hills and ravines of the Tunisian landscape. This book charts the design and development of these two disparate rivals -...

                                                      M4 Sherman Vs Type 97 Chi-Ha: The Pacific 1945, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE43
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                                                        Author: Steven J ZalogaIllustrator: Richard ChasemoreAbout this bookAlthough US and Japanese tank forces first clashed in 1941, it was on in 1944 that tank-vs-tank action became more common as both sides poured larger numbers of tanks into the combat zone. These battles were a means of demonstrating each side_s latest tank technology. For the US, the pinnacle of their tank machinery came in the form of the M4 Sherman and for the Japanese, their most notable feat of engineering was the smaller,...

                                                        M48 Patton vs Centurion (Indo-Pakistani War 1965)
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                                                          M48 Patton vs Centurion (Indo-Pakistani War 1965) from Osprey Publishing Item Number:OSPDUE71 Author: David R. Higgins Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland Short code: DUE 71 Publication Date: 20 Jan 2016 Number of Pages: 80 History The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 witnessed the largest tank battles seen since World War II, notably between India's British-made Centurion Mk 7s and the American-made M48 Pattons fielded by Pakistan. Following nearly two decades of tensions and sporadic...

                                                          Meteor I Vs Flying Bomb 1944-5, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE45
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                                                            A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences. Indeed, it could have been much worse, for by the end of the war the Germans had manufactured close to 32,000 flying bombs. The defences put forward to guard against the V1 were formidable - 23,000 men and women with their guns, radar and communications networks were installed on coastal sites. Squadrons of Britain's newest Spitfires, the F XIVs, and Hawker Tempest Vs were kept at...

                                                            Nieuport 11/16 Bebe Vs Eindeck, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE59
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                                                              The appearance in July 1915 of the Fokker E I heralded a reign of terror over the Western Front that the Allies called the -Fokker Scourge'. The French Nieuport 11 was one type desperately thrown into action to counter the Fokkers. The swirling dogfights between this fighter - and its more powerful but more unwieldy stablemate, the Nieuport 16 - and a succession of improved Fokkers, the E II, E III and E IV, came to symbolise air combat in World War I. This book gives a detailed look at the...

                                                              P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 MTO 1942-44, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE38
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                                                                P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 MTO 1942-44 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE38Duel 38Author: Carl MolesworthIllustrators: Jim Laurier Gareth HectorAbout this bookAlthough the P-40 and the Bf 109 joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in 1941, the German fighter had already racked up a considerable combat career, dating back to 1937 in Spain. In contrast, the P-40 was a bit of an unknown quantity and was making its combat debut in the hands of the RAF"s Desert Air Force....

                                                                P-47 Thunderbolt Vs Bf-109g, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE11
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                                                                  P-47 Thunderbolt Vs Bf-109g by OspreyItem Number: OSPDUE11Duel 11Author: Martin BowmanAbout this bookThe largest single engined fighter when the USA entered the war, the P-47 was a monster of a machine. In contrast the Bf 109G was a much smaller aircraft. With all-round better performance than the P-47 at low altitudes the Bf 109G was the staple Defence of the Reich fighter. This book examines the mighty clash between these two legends of the sky. It examines the numerous aspects of the...

                                                                  Panther vs Sherman:Battle of the Bulge 1944, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE13
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                                                                    Panther vs Sherman:Battle of the Bulge 1944 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE13In this book Steven J Zaloga offers a fascinating comparison between the two most important tanks involved in the crucial fighting of 1944, the American Sherman and the German Panther. Placing the reader in the heart of this battle between quality and quantity Zaloga uses a compelling account of the ferocious fighting during the Battle of the Bulge to explain the successes and failures of each tank,...

                                                                    Panther vs T-34: Ukraine 1943, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE4
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                                                                      Panther vs T-34: Ukraine 1943 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE4Robert A Forczyk provides a riveting and intense description of the design and development of these two deadly opponents, the Panther and the T-34, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses and describing their tactics, weaponry and training. Moreover he gives an insight into the lives of the tank crews themselves, who were caught up in the largest land conflict of World War II, in some of the most important engagements in...

                                                                      Panzer Ii Vs 7tp, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE66
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                                                                        Hitler's lightning invasion of Poland in 1939 marked the beginning of World War II in Europe. This was the period when armoured warfare inscribed itself into global consciousness as the Poles desperately sought to stave off the Blitzkrieg. At the heart of the fighting on the ground, large numbers of Nazi Germany's PzKpfw II battled against Poland's better-armed but much less numerous 7TP tank. The two types both possessed unique strengths and weaknesses - unlike the 7TP the PzKpfw II was...

                                                                        PanZer Iii Vs Sommua S 35, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE63
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                                                                          The armour clashes in May 1940 were the biggest the world had yet seen, as the sweeping German advances of that period came to epitomize Blitzkrieg. The Wehrmacht's Panzer III was well matched by the French Somua S35 tanks, the two representing very different design philosophies and yet both ranking among the best in the world at the time. Fully illustrated with specially commissioned colour artwork, this work draws upon the latest research to provide a definitive analysis of the clash between...

                                                                          Panzer IV vs Char B1 bis France 1940, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE33
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                                                                            Panzer IV vs Char B1 bis France 1940 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE33Duel 33Author: Steven J ZalogaIllustrator: Richard ChasemoreAbout this bookThe Battle of France in 1940 involved the first large-scale tank-against-tank battles in history. The massive clashes at Stonne, Hannant, and Gembloux involved hundreds of tanks on both sides, yet have faded from memory due to the enourmity of the French defeat. This book examines two of the premier opposing tanks of the Wehrmacht and the...

                                                                            PanZer Iv vs Sherman, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE70
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                                                                              As the Allies attempted to break out of Normandy, it quickly became apparent that there would be no easy victory over the Germans, and that every scrap of territory on the way to Berlin would have to be earned through hard fighting. This study concentrates on, the ferocious battles between the German Panzer IV and US Sherman that were at the heart of this decisive phase of World War II. The two types were among the most-produced tanks in US and German service and were old enemies, having...

                                                                              Panzerjager Vs Kv-1 1941-42, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE46
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                                                                                Author: Robert ForczykThe German Army developed the 37-mm Pak 36 in 1936 to provide the primary weapon for its panzerjagers, who were responsible for anti-tank defense in infantry divisions. Realizing that the new Wehrmacht offensive doctrines intended to fully exploit the shock effect, firepower and mobility of armor, the panzerjagers were intended to enable German infantry to fend off enemy tanks. Although the Pak 36 was adequate against most pre-war tanks, during the 1940 Campaign in the...

                                                                                Q Ship Vs U-Boat 1914-18, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE57
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                                                                                  Q ships came in all shapes and sizes - coastal steamer, trawler, barque, yacht or schooner - but all had to look harmless in order to lure their opponents to the surface and encourage them to attack. Armaments differed according to ship size; steamers commonly had 4in guns mounted amidships and in the bow, trawlers 3-pdrs and sailing ships 12-pdrs. Those who served on Q ships had to accept that their U-boat opponents would be able to strike first. Q ship captains kept ready a ? panic crew',...

                                                                                  Se 5a Vs Albatros D V, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE20
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                                                                                    Se 5a Vs Albatros D V by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE20Duel 20Author: Jon GuttmanIllustrators: Jim Laurier Harry DempseyAbout this bookAmid the ongoing quest for aerial superiority during World War I, the late spring of 1917 saw two competing attempts to refine proven designs. The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5a incorporated improvements to the original SE 5 airframe along with 50 more horsepower to produce a fast, reliable ace-maker. The Albatros D V, a development of the deadly D III of...

                                                                                    Seafire F Iii Vs A6m Zero, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE16
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                                                                                      Seafire F Iii Vs A6m Zero by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE16Products of vastly different design philosophies, the Seafire F III and the A6M Zero were never intended to meet in combat, and never should have. The Zero, extremely nimble at low speeds was purpose-built as a shipboard fighter. In contrast, the Spitfire was intended to operate from established airfields, and needed to be adapted as a carrier fighter. The book examines these two iconic fighters and their two very different...

                                                                                      Sopwith Camel Vs Fokker Dr.1
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                                                                                        Spad Xiii Vs Fokker D Vii, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE17
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                                                                                          Spad Xiii Vs Fokker D Vii by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE17This is the gripping story of two of the best fighters produced in World War I as they duelled in the skies above the trenches in the closing months of the war. The Fokker D VII earned a reputation as the most formidable fighter of the war, yet the SPAD XIII-s greater speed, especially in a dive, and its outstanding durability proved a fearsome rival. Never before published artwork, including fascinating cockpit illustrations,...

                                                                                          Spitfire V Vs C.202 Folgore, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE60
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                                                                                            The inability of the Italians and Germans to invade Malta proved decisive for Allied victory in the Mediterranean during World War II, as the islands provided the Allies with a base from which to project air power. Early Italian efforts to pound the islands into submission were supplemented by major German forces from January 1942 and in a few weeks the situation for the defenders reached a critical stage; in response, in March 1942 the first Spitfires were delivered to Malta. Throughout the...

                                                                                            Spitfire Vs Bf-109 Duel, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE5
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                                                                                              Churchill's words, 'never was so much owed by so many to so few', came to encapsulate how, in a few critical months, the entire fate of the British Empire, if not the war, hung in the balance, to be determined by a handful of pilots fighting tirelessly in the skies over Britain. Tony Holmes describes the Battle of Britain, the clash between the Spitfire I/II and the Bf 109E - detailing not only the key elements of both aircraft types - the airframe, engine, armament and flying characteristics,...

                                                                                              T-34 vs Stug III: Finland 1944
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                                                                                                About this Osprey Publishing BookIn the summer of 1944, the Red Army staged a massive armoured assault up the Karelian Isthmus with the intent of eliminating any remaining German and Finnish forces facing the Leningrad region.Most of the Soviet units sent into Finland were new to the region, moving mainly from the fighting in the Leningrad area. As a result, some had the latest types of Soviet equipment including the new T-34-85 tank, fielded alongside the older T-34-76. Germany refused to...

                                                                                                U-Boats Vs Destroyer Escorts, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE3
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                                                                                                  Winston Churchill claimed the 'U-boat peril' was the only thing that frightened him during World War II. The U-boat was developed from a small coastal vessel into a state-of-the-art killer, stalking the high seas picking off merchant convoys, until the introduction of the destroyer escort, and the development of dedicated anti-submarine tactics provided a means of defence and attack against the U-boats. Gordon Williamson describes the design and development of these two deadly opponents, their...

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