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B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE82
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    By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 "Tojo". Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American bomber, the B-29 Superfortress. For the bomber crews, they had what they believed was their ? ace in hole': a fully armed B-29 carried four remotely operated gun turrets and a tail gunner's...

    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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      Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE14 -

        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...

        F-8 Crusader Vs Mig-17 1966, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE61
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        Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE61 -

          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...

          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...

              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...

                German Soldiers Pocket Manual. Hard Bound
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                  German Soldier's Pkt Manual HB by Osprey Publishing item number: OSPPKT12

                  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...

                    HMS Belfast Pocket Manual HB
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                      A familiar sight on the Thames at London Bridge, HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy light cruiser, launched in March 1938. Belfast was part of the British naval blockade against Germany and from November 1942 escorted Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union and assisted in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944 Belfast supported the Normandy landings and in 1945 was redeployed to the British Pacific Fleet. After the war she saw action in the Korean War and a number of other...

                      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,...

                        Me 262 vs P-51 Mustang, Europe 1944-45
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                          About this Osprey Publishing BookArguably two of the finest fighters built during the course of World War II, the Me 262 and P-51 Mustang heralded new dawns in aircraft performance. Making its operational debut in the summer of 1944, and powered by the Jumo 004 jet engine, the Me 262 outclassed Allied planes in terms of speed and firepower ratio, offering a formidable punch with four 30 mm MK 108 nose-mounted cannons. However, in the P-51, fitted with the Rolls-Royce (Packard) Merlin engine...

                          PanZer Iii Vs Sommua S 35, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE63
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                          Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE63 -

                            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 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...

                              Panzerfaust vs Sherman, European Theater 1944-45
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                                About this Osprey Publishing BookIn the summer of 1944, across the battlefields of Normandy, US tanks were confronted with a dangerous challenge: the mobile and deadly Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck anti-tank weapons wielded by the German infantry. Having only occasionally encountered such weaponry before, the US tankers were ill-equipped to defend against this kind of attack, and the threat only increased as the summer wore on.This Duel title follows the technological battle for dominance that...

                                Sherman Firefly Vs Tiger Duel, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE2
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                                  Sherman Firefly Vs Tiger Duel by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPDUE2The German Tiger heavy tank was a monster of a machine that dominated the battlefields of Europe. One of the most feared weapons of World War II, the Tiger gained an aura of invincibility that was only shattered by the introduction of the Sherman Firefly during the summer of 1944. Designed by the British to combat the Tiger, the Sherman Firefly was based on the American M4A4 Sherman, but was fitted with a powerful 17-pounder...

                                  Sopwith Camel Vs Fokker Dr.1
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                                    Sopwith Camel Vs Fokker Dr.1 by Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPDUE7

                                    Spitfire Ii/V Vs Bf 109F, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE67
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                                    Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE67 -

                                      With stunning artwork and detailed analysis, this volume provides a pilot's view of the dramatic clashes between these two legendary fighters, as some of the most gifted and ? big name' aces of World War II went head to head in the skies of North-West Europe. As the Battle of Britain approached its conclusion, two new versions of the famous Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109 arrived on the scene. The RAF could see that the Luftwaffe were stepping down their incursions into British airspace, and...

                                      Spitfire V Vs C.202 Folgore, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE60
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                                      Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE60 -

                                        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...

                                        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...

                                            Us Navy Aircraft Vs Ijn Yamato, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPDUE69
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                                            Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE69 -

                                              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...

                                              Zeppelin vs British Home Def
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                                              Osprey Publishing Item #: OSPDUE85 -

                                                From then on, ? Zeppelin' became synonymous with terror to the British, and indeed the airship's effectiveness was more psychological than material. Still, their raids compelled the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service to embark on a program of modernising their aerial defences, accelerating a process that would ultimately make the aeroplane, rather than the airship, the paramount flying machine of the war. Using specially commissioned artwork, contemporary photographs and first-hand...

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