|In this latest addition to his acclaimed U.S. warship design history
series, Norman Friedman describes the ships and the craft of the U.S. amphibious
force, from its inception in the 1920s through World War II to the present.
He explains how and why the United States successfully created an entirely
new kind of fleet to fight and win such World War II battles as D-Day and
the island landings in the Pacific. To an extent not previously documented,
his book lays out the differing views and contributions of the U.S. Army,
Navy, and Marines as well as the British, and how they affected the development
of prewar and wartime amphibious forces.
|As in earlier volumes in the series, this study uses previously unpublished sources to illustrate not only what was actually built but what was planned and never brought into service. For example, the book offers the first comprehensive and fully illustrated account of abortive attempts in the 1960s and beyond to build new fire support ships (LFS).|
With nearly two hundred photographs and specially commissioned line
drawings and extensive appendixes, the work conveniently brings together
details of the ships and their service histories found elsewhere only in
scattered official references.
Most ships have line drawings of their basic layout, and to illustrate their interior space allotment. Key vessels, such as the Tarawa and Wasp class ships, have detailed side views, showing railing, antennas and the like.
|The Newport class is shown in photos and with a model of one of the ships with all the cables and rigging needed to open the bow and drop the ramp. All of this is pure gold for a modeler interested in the 'Gator Navy. About the only problem I can raise is that buying this book made me want to go back and redo many of my amphibious ships based on this new (to me) information.|
A word about photos: I used to generally satisfied myself with photos
off the Internet when planning a build, and these in many cases are still
helpful. The good news is that if you are/were like me, working mostly
off the web for research, you can't believe what a difference a sharp photo
printed on glossy paper makes. Instead of smeary blobs on the foredeck,
you can see the details of the winch such that you can add it to your ship
or at the very least be informed what those raised bumps in smaller scales
As much as any ship, these vessels are designed as work horses, laid
out to satisfy the working demands of Sailors and Marines. These ships
often lack the sleek and graceful lines of their sisters, but when it comes
time to fight you desperately want them on your side.
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Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History