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The Last Big Gun

Author : Brian Lavery
ISBN : 9781910860090
Genre : History
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As she lay in dry dock, devastatingly damaged by one of Hitler’s newly deployed magnetic mines after barely two months in service, few could have predicted the illustrious career that lay ahead for the cruiser HMS Belfast. After three years of repairs to her broken keel, engine- and boiler-rooms, and extensive refitting, she would go on to play a critical role in the protection of the Arctic Convoys, would fire one of the opening shots at D-Day and continue supporting the Operation Overlord landings for five weeks. Her service continued beyond the Second World War both in Korea and in the Far East before she commenced her life as one of the world’s most celebrated preserved visitor ships in the Pool of London. Her crowning glory however came in December 1943 when, equipped with the latest radar technology, she was to play the leading role in the Battle of the North Cape sinking the feared German battlecruiser Scharnhorst, the bête noir of the Royal Navy. In doing so the ship’s crew made a vital contribution to, what was to be, the final big-gun head-to-head action to be fought at sea. In The Last Big Gun Brian Lavery, the foremost historian of the Royal Navy, employs his trademark wide-ranging narrative style and uses the microcosm of the ship to tell the wider story of the naval war at sea and vividly portray the realities for all of life aboard a Second World War battleship. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and illustrations and will appeal to all those with an interest in military history and life in the wartime Royal Navy. • The illustrious survivor of the last big-gun head-to-head ‘broadside’ engagement at sea • The very first complete ‘biography’ of HMS Belfast • Exhaustively researched from primary sources and interviews and written in the matchless narrative style of the award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling author Brian Lavery • An original work of popular history juxtaposing an in-depth technical understanding with an highly evocative use of quote and anecdote
Category: History

Big Gun Monitors

Author : Ian Buxton
ISBN : 9781844157198
Genre : History
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In the history of naval warfare probably no type of ship has provided more firepower per ton than the monitor – indeed they were little more than a huge gun mounting fitted on a simple, self-propelled raft. Designed and built rapidly to fulfil an urgent need for heavy shore-bombardment during World War I, they were top secret in conception, and largely forgotten when the short-lived requirement was over. Nevertheless, they were important ships, which played a significant role in many Great War campaigns and drove many of the advances in long-range gunnery later applied to the battle fleet. Indeed, their value was rediscovered during the Second World War when a final class was built. Monitors were largely ignored by naval historians until Ian Buxton produced the first edition of this book in 1978. Although published privately, this became an established classic and copies of the first edition are now almost unobtainable, so this new edition will be welcomed by many. It has been completely revised, extended and redesigned to a generous large format which allows material deleted from the original edition for lack of space to be restored.
Category: History

Big Gun Battles

Author : Robert C Stern
ISBN : 9781848321533
Genre : History
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The outcome of much of the maritime warfare in the Second World War was decided by the torpedo or the aerial bomb, making relatively recent warship types, the submarine and aircraft carrier, the new arbiters naval conflict. Yet despite this, there was a surprising number of traditional ship-to-ship engagements involving the big guns of battleships and cruisers. This book recounts some of the most important, technically interesting, or obscure of these gunfire duels in a narrative that combines pacy storytelling with an in-depth understanding of the factors influencing victory or defeat.??Covering all theatres of the naval war from 1939 until the Japanese surrender, the incidents are selected to demonstrate the changing face of surface warfare under the influence of rapidly improving fire-control systems, radar and other sensors. By 1945 this allowed big ships to open fire at great ranges with a high probability of hitting with the first salvo. This success was the pinnacle of gunnery excellence, but also heralded the end of naval gunnery as a major factor in sea warfare _ facing such deadly accuracy, navies looked to longer-ranged, and smarter, ship-killing weapons like surface-skimming missiles and homing torpedoes.
Category: History

Battleships The First Big Guns

Author : Philip Kaplan
ISBN : 9781783462933
Genre : History
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This new addition to the Images of War series takes as its focus the early Big Gun battleships that saw development and deployment during the First World War. Iconic ships such as HMS Warspite and Malaya feature amidst this pictorial history that is sure to appeal to fans of the series, and naval enthusiasts in particular. ??Vessels featured include the battleship Royal Sovereign, the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle, the cruiser HMS Gloucester, the Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Barham and the Italian battleships Littorio, Cesare, Duillo, Vittorio Veneto, Conte di Cavour and Doria, amongst many others. British and international battleships feature side by side in a publication that offers a truly representative selection of the kind of vessels in action at this time.
Category: History

The Last Kids On Earth And The Nightmare King

Author : Max Brallier
ISBN : 9781780318196
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Soon to be a major NETFLIX series! Wimpy Kid meets The Walking Dead in this hilarious series packed with monsters and zombies. In their third zombie-tastic adventure, Jack Sullivan and his friends June, Quint and Dirk discover that they might not be the last kids on Earth after all . . . And everyone is thrilled – except Jack. Living in a tree house with his best friends, battling monsters and escaping certain death – he's been having the most awesome time of his life. Somehow he's got to persuade his friends that life is perfect just the way it is . . . then they won't leave him. But that's not so easy when there's a new monster hunting them. A monster who's bigger and badder than anything they've come across in the monster zombie apocalypse (AKA Very Big and Very Bad). And he seems to be able to get inside Jack's head. What does the Nightmare King want? ‘Terrifyingly fun! Max Brallier’s The Last Kids on Earth delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs.’ Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid The third book in a hilarious monster adventure series. With fresh, funny illustrations on every page, this is perfect for fans of comics and graphic novels aged 8 and over. The Last Kids on Earth series: The Last Kids on Earth The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Last Siege

Author : Paul Brueske
ISBN : 9781612006321
Genre : History
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An in-depth history of the Confederate Army’s last stand in Mobile, Alabama, a month after Gen. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. It has long been acknowledged that Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at the Battle of Appomattox ended the civil war in Virginia in April of 1865. However, the last siege of the war was the Mobile campaign, an often-overlooked battle that was nevertheless crucial to securing a complete victory. Indeed, the final surrender of Confederate forces happened in Alabama. The Last Siege explores the events surrounding the Union Army’s capture of Mobile and offers a new perspective on its strategic importance, including access to vital rail lines and two major river systems. Included here are the most detailed accounts ever written on Union and Confederate camp life in the weeks prior to the invasion, cavalry operations of both sides during the expedition, the Federal feint movement at Cedar Point, the crippling effect of torpedoes on US naval operations in Mobile Bay, the treadway escape from Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile. Evidence is presented that contradicts the popular notion that Mobile welcomed the Federals as a pro-Union town. Using primary sources, this book highlights the actions of Confederate soldiers who fought to the last with sophisticated military tactics in the Confederacy’s last campaign, which led to the final surrender at Citronelle, Alabama, in May.
Category: History

The Eclipse Of The Big Gun

Author : Robert Gardiner
ISBN : UOM:39015060368258
Genre : History
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For centuries, the battleship was the arbiter of sea-power, and the completion in 1906 of the revolutionary all-big-gun Dreadnought seemed to confirm this position. However, though dreadnoughts were to be built for another forty years, the traditional capital ship was to find itself increasingly threatened, first by torpedo boats and submarines and later by aircraft. This volume chronicles that challenge to the power of artillery at sea, its political check with the inter-war naval treaties and its defeat at the hands of air power in the battles of the Second World War. By 1945 the aircraft carrier had become the acknowledged capital ship in the great power navies.
Category: History

Great News Town

Author : Sue Merrell
ISBN : 9781257859917
Genre : Journalists
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Jordan, Illinois is a great news town. But when the murder rate starts growing faster than corn in July, the staff of the Jordan Daily News try to figure out if a serial killer is causing the deaths, a madman, or several unrelated killers.
Category: Journalists

The Last Man Is Standing

Author : Firebird Green, Jr.
ISBN : 9781499067354
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Last Man is Standing; get off to a good Start with the Author Living a Lifestyle that He considers to be a pretty Decent Life and is Feeling pretty good about His Social Standing in Society and believes He has overcome Many of His Past Failures and His Future is Looking Bright when just before He Sticks out His Chest with Pride, He has a Dream and this is Said to Him I am about Tired of You and Your Foolishness, and I was Tempted to Answer back, but I Knew better and later that Day a Christian Lady just walked into My Store and Handed Me a Bible and Said to Me I brought You this Bible and turned and Walked out the Store and I knew without any Doubt the Dream, the Lady and the Bible were all connected so I flip the Bible Open and it Fell on the Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 and I begin Reading right there in that Chapter and when I Finished with It I Already got it, the Answers to My Life is Written in that Book and that I just received a Personal Assignment for My Life and went Home and got Started that Night Reading those twelve Short Chapters and it took Me a Month to Finish but when I did, I was a Transformed Individual and I Knew that God had Used King Solomon the Preacher to Preach Me a Sermon and My House just got Shaken off Its Sanded Foundation and now It was Necessary to go back to the Beginning and Take an open and Honest Look at My Life and try to Understand just where or how did My Ship Sail off Its Course, so take a Trip with Me and Enjoy the Ride and See if We can find Out Together; The Last man is Standing!
Category: Biography & Autobiography