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British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Band 168) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Juli 2010

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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

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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 www.anguskonstam.com The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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HASH(0x918d806c) von 5 Sternen British WWII Carriers 19. Oktober 2014
Von Stone Dog - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x916fd8c4) von 5 Sternen Good BRIEF history of British aircraft carriers. 8. März 2015
Von J. C. Bednar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This a very good and BRIEF history of WWII era British aircraft carriers. Booklet is about 48 pages long and enough information about each aircraft carrier covered. The first section of booklet describes the advent of carrier-based aircraft, developments, tactics, ships, etc. are discussed. The various classes of FLEET carriers that participated in the war are also described, as well as their plus & minus.

There are color plates of various ships, and plenty of black & white photos - at least 1 photo per each carrier described.

Operational histories and final outcome of each carrier that saw action in the war is given as well.

Overall, a very good booklet. It is what I wanted and expected - a BRIEF history of British carriers. Excellent resource for modelers. Ordered via Amazon and everything arrived in great condition and a few days before expected.
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HASH(0x916fd7ec) von 5 Sternen British Aircraft Carriers 1939-1945 12. September 2010
Von Michael E. Stiles - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x916fd9a8) von 5 Sternen Great for the ship enthusiast, but a disappointment for an aviation buff. 11. März 2015
Von Walter Lee Campbell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Solid technical and operational history of carriers and flight operations, but has little on carrier planes.
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HASH(0x916f9d5c) von 5 Sternen Four Stars 3. Januar 2015
Von Owen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excellent photo's and drawings of various carriers of the time plus interesting information of their careers
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