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The Last Big Gun

Author : Brian Lavery
ISBN : 1910860018
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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 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. In 'The Last Big Gun' Brian Lavery 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.

Big Gun Monitors

Author : Ian Buxton
ISBN : 9781783469116
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

Big Guns

Author : Steve Israel
ISBN : 9781501118036
Genre : Fiction
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From Steve Israel, the Congressman-turned-novelist who writes “in the full-tilt style of Carl Hiaasen” (The Washington Post), a comic tale of the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics: “Congress should pass a law making Big Guns mandatory reading for themselves” (Nelson DeMille). When Chicago’s Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national campaign to ban handguns from America’s cities, towns, and villages, Otis Cogsworth, the wealthy chairman and CEO of a huge arms company in Asabogue, Long Island, is worried. In response, he and lobbyist Sunny McCarthy convince an Arkansas congressman to introduce federal legislation mandating that every American must own a firearm. Events soon escalate. Asabogue’s Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban guns in the town—right in Otis Cogsworth’s backyard. Otis retaliates by orchestrating a recall election against Lois and Jack Steele, a rich town resident, runs against her. Even though the election is for the mayor of a small village on Long Island, Steele brings in the big guns of American politics to defeat Lois. Soon, thousands of pro-gun and anti-gun partisans descend on Asabogue, and the bucolic town becomes a tinderbox. Meanwhile, Washington politicians in both parties are caught between a mighty gun lobby and the absurdity of requiring that every American, with waivers for children under age four, carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the state of American politics. “New York congressman-turned-novelist Steve Israel delivers a second brilliant political satire” (Booklist, starred review). “An entertaining satire” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Big Guns is “a wonderfully irreverent satire about the fractured and fractious American political and lobbying system…a rollicking comedic trip” (Publishers Weekly).
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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.
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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

Green Side Out

Author : Jay F. Johnson
ISBN : 9781469114156
Genre : History
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This narrative is not about combat; it is about the space in time occupied by Marines between explosions in the time of battle. There is a lot of space in the life of a Marine that does not actually include bullet dodging, but this expanse of time could be just as tense and dangerous. Although when a Marine is on active duty, he or she must be ready at all times for any actualities. The events exemplified here took place in the closing days of the Korean Police Action when a shaky truce prevailed. These accounts are about being part of the greatest fighting force on the face of the earth, The United States Marine Corps.
Category: History