Hellcat vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai: Pacific Theater 1944-45 Duel Book 91

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Osprey Publishing #ad - However, a formidable fighter with improved armament, starting in October they faced the superb Kawanishi N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai, a powerful engine and excellent manoeuvrability that in contrast to earlier Japanese fighters had the ability to withstand a greater degree of battle damage. Japanese pilots using this aircraft would claim more than 170 aerial victories over Kyushu and whilst escorting Kamikazes attacking Allied ships off Okinawa.

Hellcat vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai: Pacific Theater 1944-45 Duel Book 91 #ad - . 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. Us navy hellcat pilots in turn were credited with many of the scores of Shiden-Kais that were downed attempting to defend Japan.

This fully illustrated book compares these two fascinating aircraft, using specially commissioned artwork, first-hand accounts and a thorough technical analysis.

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Spitfire VC vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen: Darwin 1943 Duel Book 93

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Fully illustrated with detailed full-colour artwork, this is the gripping story of two iconic aircraft facing off against each other above Australia. This was a gruelling campaign between evenly matched foes, fought in isolation from the main South Pacific battlegrounds. The spitfire had superior flight characteristics but was hampered by short range and material defects in the tropical conditions, while the Japanese employed better tactics and combat doctrine inflicting serious losses on the over-confident Commonwealth forces.

Without a single fighter to defend Australian soil, the Australian government made a special appeal to Britain for Spitfires. Pilots on either side had significant combat experience, including a number of Battle of Britain veterans. Just weeks after pearl Harbor, Darwin was mauled by a massive Japanese attack.

Spitfire VC vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen: Darwin 1943 Duel Book 93 #ad - A year later the spitfire vc-equipped no 1 fighter wing, faced the battle-hardened 202nd Kokutai of the IJNAF, RAAF, equipped with A6M2 Zero-sens, over Darwin.

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F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 "Frank": Pacific Theater 1945 Duel Book 73

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Osprey Publishing #ad - The vought corsair was the first American single-engined fighter to exceed 400 mph and establish dominance over the legendary Mitsubishi Type Zero-sen. The ki-84 hayate was introduced by the Japanese specifically to counter this growing American dominance of the skies over the Pacific. It also reveals how the kill rate was largely driven by the reduced quality of fighter pilots after the high casualty rates inflicted on the Japanese air force during the air battles over the Solomon Islands.

This volume examines the clashes between the Corsair and Ki-84 in the closing stages of the war, revealing how Corsair pilots had to adapt their techniques and combat strategies to adapt to these newer types. Built in greater numbers than any other late war Japanese fighter, nearly 3000 were completed between 1944 and 1945.

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Japan 1944-45: LeMay's B-29 strategic bombing campaign Air Campaign Book 9

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Osprey Publishing #ad - But at the time, no strategic bombing campaign had ever brought about a nation's surrender. The b-29 superfortress was complex, troubled, and hugely advanced. The air campaign that incinerated Japan's cities was the first and only time that independent air power has won a war. As the united states pushed imperial japan back towards Tokyo Bay, the US Army Air Force deployed the first of a new bomber to the theater.

Japan 1944-45: LeMay's B-29 strategic bombing campaign Air Campaign Book 9 #ad - 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.

Not only that, but japan was half a world away, and the US had no airfields even within the extraordinary range of the B-29. It was the most expensive weapons system of the war, and formidably capable.

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Tempest V vs Fw 190D-9: 1944-45 Duel Book 97

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Osprey Publishing #ad - From the autumn of 1944, the tempest v also equipped squadrons of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, operating in support of the Allied armies advancing across north-west Europe. It became a potent ground-attack aircraft, armed with underwing rockets, but also a first-class interceptor when pitted against the Luftwaffe's advanced Fw 190D-9 and Me 262.

Featuring full colour artwork, this book describes in fascinating detail combats between the Tempest Vs of No 274 Sqn and the Fw 190D-9s of I. The long-nosed 'dora 9', designed by kurt Tank, first appeared in the skies over the Western and Eastern Fronts in the late summer of 1944. The hawker tempest v entered service in early 1944, initially proving itself a stalwart performer when it was deployed to intercept V1 flying bombs over southern England.

Tempest V vs Fw 190D-9: 1944-45 Duel Book 97 #ad - Fast, and with an exceptional rate of climb, it quickly bettered almost every fighter that the RAF, USAAF and Soviet Red Air Force could field. And iII. Jg 26 between february and April 1945. Arguably two of the finest piston-engined fighters ever built, the Tempest V and Fw 190D-9 raised the bar in terms of aircraft design and operational capability during World War II.

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USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: The Pacific 1941-42 Duel Book 90

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Outnumbered by the usn, the imperial Japanese Navy planned to use its large, ocean-going submarines to chip away at its opponent before the grand battle. Challenging the assumption that japanese submarines were ineffective during the Pacific War, this fully illustrated study examines their encounters with the US Navy, and the successes and failures of American destroyers in protecting their capital ships.

In order to accomplish this, the ijn's submarine force was tasked to perform extended reconnaissance of the USN's battle fleet, even in port, and then shadow and attack it. For their part, the usn was fully aware of the potential threat posed by Japanese submarines, and destroyer crews were trained and equipped with modern anti-submarine weapons and tactics to screen the battle fleet.

USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: The Pacific 1941-42 Duel Book 90 #ad - Leading up to the pacific war, Japanese naval strategists believed that a decisive fleet engagement would be fought against the United States Navy.

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P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen: New Guinea 1942 Duel Book 87

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Initially, but by may 1942 they had fought themselves into oblivion, the IJNAF fought Australian Kittyhawks, and were relieved by USAAF P-39 and P-400 Airacobras. The battles unfolded over mountainous terrain with treacherous tropical weather. Neither ijnaf or usaaf pilots had been trained for such extreme conditions, incurring many additional losses aside from those that fell in combat.

P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen: New Guinea 1942 Duel Book 87 #ad - After the huge advances made in the early months of the pacific war, it was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force IJNAF A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30, 000 ft. Using specially commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs and testimony, despite their initial deficit in experience and equipment, this fascinating study explains how, the Airacobras managed to square the ledger and defend New Guinea.

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Ju 88 Aces of World War 2 Aircraft of the Aces Book 133

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Osprey Publishing #ad - A dedicated nightfighter, the first ju 88g-1s entered service with the Nachtjagd in the summer of 1944, replacing Ju 88C/Rs as well as some Bf 110Gs. Despite suffering heavy losses in the final months of the war, Ju 88Gs also inflicted serious casualties on Bomber Command throughout the war. From patrolling over the bay of biscay, most successfully, to the arctic circle opposing Allied convoys and, as radar-equipped nightfighters engaging RAF heavy bombers during defence of the Reich operations from late 1941, this is the story of the Ju 88 aces who menaced Allied aircraft and shipping throughout World War 2.

Initially designed as a fast medium bomber, the Junkers Ju 88 was also used as a Zerstörer heavy fighter by the Luftwaffe. The ultimate ju 88 fighter variant was the g-model of 1944, which boasted a FuG 220 or 227 radar, an astounding array of cannon and machine gun armament and advanced Junkers Jumo or BMW engines.

Ju 88 Aces of World War 2 Aircraft of the Aces Book 133 #ad - It saw its combat debut over poland in 1939, and heavy fighter variants saw action on every front up to VE Day.

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USAF F-105 Thunderchief vs VPAF MiG-17: Vietnam 1965-68 Duel

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Osprey Publishing #ad - The f-105d thunderchief was originally designed as a low-altitude nuclear strike aircraft, but the outbreak of the Vietnam War led to it being used instead as the USAF's primary conventional striker against the exceptionally well-defended targets in North Vietnam and Laos. F-105 crews conducted long-distance missions from bases in Thailand, refuelling in flight several times and carrying heavy external bombloads.

The mig-17 was the lightweight, highly manoeuvrable defending fighter it encountered most often in 1965–68 during Operation Rolling Thunder. A development of the mig-15, which shocked UN forces during the Korean War, its emphasis was on simplicity and ease of maintenance in potentially primitive conditions.

USAF F-105 Thunderchief vs VPAF MiG-17: Vietnam 1965-68 Duel #ad - Fully illustrated with stunning artwork, totally different in design and purpose, this book shows how these two aircraft, fought in a series of duels that cost both sides dearly.

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Walker Bulldog vs T-54: Laos and Vietnam 1971-75 Duel

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Two tanks in particular took momentary prominence in the later years of the conflict. Illustrated with full-colour artwork as well as rare and revealing photographs from both sides, this book studies these two iconic tanks in Vietnamese service, examining how their differing designs and fighting doctrines affected their performance in this unique theatre of combat.

During the vietnam war, both the united States and the Soviet Union supplied all manner of weapon systems to the opposing sides, including tanks and armoured vehicles. On the south vietnamese side, it was the us m41 walker Bulldog; for the communist North Vietnamese, the Soviet-supplied T-54 main battle tank was the core of their armoured power.

Walker Bulldog vs T-54: Laos and Vietnam 1971-75 Duel #ad - . In their first major engagement, it was the walker bulldog in the ascendant, but in later battles the T-54s inflicted heavy losses on their lighter opponents, during Operation Lam Son 719 February–March 1971, taking the advantage through their superior manoeuvrability and gunnery.

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T-34 vs StuG III: Finland 1944 Duel Book 96

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Germany refused to sell the finns new tanks without a reinforced military alliance, but in 1943 began selling them a few dozen StuG III assault guns. 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.

T-34 vs StuG III: Finland 1944 Duel Book 96 #ad - . Featuring specially commissioned artwork and an array of archive photographs, this is the absorbing story of the parts played by Soviet and Finnish armour in the epic battles in Finland during June and July 1944. This made the stug iii battalion the most modern and powerful element of the Finnish armoured division, and it saw very extensive combat in the June–July summer battles.

In 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.

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