Download The German Fleet at War, 1939-1945 by Vincent P. O'Hara PDF

By Vincent P. O'Hara

The German Fleet at battle relates the little-known historical past of the Kriegsmarine's floor fleet with a spotlight at the sixty-nine floor naval battles fought by means of Germany's significant warships opposed to the big warships of the British, French, American, Polish, Soviet, Norwegian and Greek navies. It emphasizes operational information but additionally paints a huge evaluate of the naval battle. The ebook addresses the inability of data concerning the specifics of naval engagements in global conflict II and gives a database of naval engagements for comparability and research, yet not like so much reference works, it has a continuing narrative and a subject. the result's a distinct review of the German and Allied navies at warfare that gives new appreciation in their actions and accomplishments.

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Download Shepherds of the Sea: Destroyer Escorts in World War II by ROBERT F. CROSS PDF

By ROBERT F. CROSS

This compelling story of braveness, heroism, and terror is advised within the phrases of ninety-one sailors and officials interviewed by means of the writer approximately their international warfare II carrier aboard fifty-six destroyer escorts. They display many never-before-told information of existence at sea in the course of wartime and, in addition to details present in secretly stored battle diaries and formerly unpublished own images, upload very important dimensions to the reputable list. Unseasoned teenage recruits after they first went to sea, those sailors have been led via green university boys extra acquainted with yachts than warships. Their ships have been untested vessels, designed through a guy with out formal education in send layout, and which many considered as a waste of cash. but, as go issues out, those males are credited with supporting flip the tide of the conflict within the Atlantic as they singlehandedly sank a few seventy U-boats and captured U-505, the one German submarine taken throughout the struggle and the 1st enemy vessel captured through americans at sea because the battle of 1812. within the Pacific, the destroyer escorts fought in each significant conflict, side-by-side with Allied battleships and destroyers. yet this tale is not only approximately battles. it's also approximately American genius, exertions, honor and starting to be up within the nice melancholy. the writer offers eyewitness information about the old first step taken to finish racial discrimination within the army as African-Americans stepped aboard the destroyer escort USS Mason as full-fledged sailors for the 1st time and earned a military commendation of heroism within the conflict of the Atlantic provided to the surviving crewmen fifty-one years later. Readers additionally know about an creative invention whilst a sailor breaks his silence a few mystery weapon demonstrated aboard his destroyer escort that rendered a brand new German radio-controlled waft bomb lifeless.

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