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British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Band 168) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Angus Konstam , Tony Bryan

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20. Juli 2010 New Vanguard (Buch 168)
In August 1917, at the height of the First World War, a small biplane landed on the makeshift flight deck of HMS Furious - the first ever carrier landing in aviation history. This small act ushered in a new era. Two decades later, when Britain stood on the brink of another World War, the Royal Navy had a small fleet of aircraft carriers, with several more nearing completion. When war came the newly-formed Fleet Air Arm would demonstrate that what it lacked in modern equipment, it made up for in skill and daring.

The first of these carriers were converted from existing ships. Then in 1938 HMS Ark Royal was launched - Britain's first purpose built carrier. Its design set the standard for what was to come. The "Ark" was followed by the highly successful Illustrious Class, and then by others whose design was modified in the light of wartime experience. British fleet carriers had steel flight decks, and although smaller and able to carry less aircraft that the carriers seen in the Pacific, they were better suited to conditions in European waters. It also meant they were more resilient, and could shrug off damage that would cripple their American counterparts.

Over the next six years these British aircraft carriers would launch attacks against a major Italian naval base, attack the Italian battle fleet on the high seas, and cripple the Bismarck, so that the battleships of the Home Fleet could overtake her. They would also see service in every theatre of war, including the Pacific. Inevitably, their success came at a price. Courageous, Eagle and Ark Royal were torpedoed by U-Boats, Glorious was sunk by the guns of a German battlecruiser, and Hermes was lost to Japanese bombs. Most of the rest of the carrier fleet were damaged to some extent during their service lives, but they survived and kept on fighting.

This New Vanguard title tells the story of these remarkable warships, and reveals the secrets of their design, how they operated, and above all, what they achieved.

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"An excellent book on a most interesting subject and one that I am positive you will find to be of interest. One that will be pulled from the shelves time after time and one I can highly recommend to you." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

"This excellent survey of the craft's capabilities is a must for any in-depth military, aircraft or World War II collection!" - The Midwest Book Review, October 2010

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Angus Konstam is an acclaimed military and naval historian, and one of Osprey's most experienced and respected authors, with over 35 titles in print. These Osprey titles include British Battlecruisers 1939-45, British Motor Torpedo Boats 1939-45, and the forthcoming two-volume study; British Battleships 1939-45, all of which form part of the New Vanguard list. Other titles include Spanish Armada 1588, Pirates, British Forts in the Age of Arthur and Piracy: The Complete History. He has also written over two dozen larger books for other publishers.

A former naval officer, underwater archaeologist and maritime museum curator, Angus has a long and passionate love affair with the sea, maritime history and warships. He makes regular television and radio appearances, and has held events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Angus is now a full-time writer and historian, as well as being a board member of the Society of Authors, and Publishing Scotland. He currently lives in Edinburgh.

For more details visit the author's website at The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen British WWII Carriers 19. Oktober 2014
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This New Vanguard #168 is a good overview of British carriers that participated in WWII. Author Angus Konstam provides a fairly good chronicle of British carriers as they evolved and were employed in WWII.

The author begins the story in WWI when the Royal Navy led the way in naval aviation. The earliest carriers were battleships or cruisers with makeshift decks above the forward turrets and, sometimes, the aft turrets. After experience showed these hybrids to be dangerous, they altered hulls to make the first "true" carriers with a flight deck that was the length of the craft.

Konstam then delves into the interwar period in which warship design was constrained by naval treaties. Even as the US Navy converted two battlecruiser hulls into the Lexington and Saratoga and the Japanese converted a hull into Akagi, the British converted existing hulls into carriers. As war clouds darkened in Europe, the Royal Navy planned purpose built ships that became the Illustrious class carriers. All weapons design is a tradeoff in attributes and this new class carriers would trade capacity in terms of number of aircraft for armored protection. In this era, the Royal Navy made the decision that instead of carrying enough fighters to protect their carrier, they would simply button up and depend solely on AA guns and the ships' own armor to defeat an enemy attack.

Although the British carriers were certainly better protected than their American or Japanese counterparts, they could carry far fewer aircraft. The Illustrious class was restricted to only 36 aircraft (not including a deck park) while American and Japanese carriers could carry 70-100. The author delves into British designs for ships planned during the war, but finished after hostilities ceased. I would point out that this book does not cover escort carriers for the simple reason that they were not British - the RN employed American escort carriers provided under Lend Lease and would not apply to this book.

I think the author covers a lot of ground quite well if you consider that this type book can only serve as an overview. I would have liked the author to mention aircraft since the RN had only obsolete or unsuitable types and had to rely on American Lend Lease Avengers, Wildcats, Hellcats and Corsairs for the majority of their carrier aircraft by the end of the war.

This book does a decent job of introducing the reader to WWII Royal Navy carriers and I recommend it to those interested with four stars.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen British Aircraft Carriers 1939-1945 12. September 2010
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A little disappointed in content...or perhaps I should say, lack of content. Good book for fleet carriers and light fleet carriers, but their was no information concerning escort, assault, or strike carriers. The name of the book is British Aircraft Carriers...not British Fleet Carriers, so I believe the lack of any data concerning the escort, assault, and strike carriers makes the title misleading. Yet, it could have been so easy to correct such an oversight if only Osprey had knowledgable editors.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting read 29. März 2014
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Another subject matter that is not covered in much detail. After reading you get this history of ship and the battles that it fought at. You see the development from early ships to a better more robust type of ship deleloped toward the end of WW2. Great colored drawing and pictures. One little know aspect of this, is a few ship of this class are actually sunk.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A 'must' for any in-depth military, aircraft or World War II collection! 19. Oktober 2010
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British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45 receives fine illustration by Tony Bryan and analyzes the impact and achievements of the British aircraft carrier, designed to fight in tighter environments than had been usual, and who battled the Axis powers across the board. This excellent survey of the craft's capabilities is a 'must' for any in-depth military, aircraft or World War II collection!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Barebones 19. November 2013
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This one has the same problem a number of this series, as it gives a bare minumum of facts without a lot of tales of actions, which makes the whole thing rather sterile.
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