Alarm Starboard!

A Remarkable True Story of the War at Sea
Author: Geoffrey Brooke
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1844152308
Category: History
Page: 288
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The Author's naval war experiences make the most exciting reading. After being mined on the battleship Nelson in 1939, he served on the Prince of Wales, during the Bismarck action, witnessing the sinking of the Hood and Churchill and Roosevelt's historic meeting. He survived the disastrous sinking by Japanese dive-bombing in December 1941 but within two days of reaching Singapore, the Island fell. Evacuated in a coastal steamer, only to be sunk the next morning, he was stranded on a deserted island for a week before setting out for Ceylon in a native boat. His epic journey covered 1660 miles and took 37 days. Thereafter his adventures continued, with the North African landings, Russian convoys and, returning to the Far East, he was in the carrier Formidable when she was hit twice by Japanese Kamikazes before VI Day August 1945.

Friend or Foe

Friendly Fire at Sea 1939-1945
Author: Paul Kemp
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473814472
Category: History
Page: 256
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During the Second World War, there were over 100 instances of naval engagements between ships, submarines and aircraft of the same side. In the past there has often been a reluctance by the authorities to admit to these losses but with operational records now available, it is possible for historians to explain how a good number of ships and submarines were attacked, damaged or sunk by the forces of their own side.

Understanding Victory: Naval Operations from Trafalgar to the Falklands

Naval Operations from Trafalgar to the Falklands
Author: Geoffrey Till
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313051097
Category: History
Page: 248
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Using four warship-centered examples, this book shows how naval battles are won or lost—and how technological advantage is rarely as decisive in defeat or victory as is often claimed. • Focuses on four ship-centered battle narratives: the battle of Trafalgar, the battle of Jutland, the sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, and the Falklands War • Identifies 11 perspectives that explain victory and defeat in naval operations • Provides a history-based survey of successful naval operations while highlighting the nature of naval operations in the 21st century • Presents information written in a clear, reader-friendly style without compromising on its scholarly standards of content and accuracy • Offers fascinating reading for naval college students, general audiences who enjoy naval history, and naval historians alike

Lifeboat


Author: John R. Stilgoe
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813922218
Category: Architecture
Page: 325
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The fire extinguisher; the airline safety card; the lifeboat. Until September 11, 2001, most Americans paid homage to these appurtenances of disaster with a sidelong glance, if at all. But John Stilgoe has been thinking about lifeboats ever since he listened with his father as the kitchen radio announced that the liner Lakonia had caught fire and sunk in the Atlantic. It was Christmas 1963, and airline travel and Cold War paranoia had made the images of an ocean liner’s distress—the air force dropping supplies in the dark, a freighter collecting survivors from lifeboats—seem like echoes of a bygone era. But Stilgoe, already a passionate reader and an aficionado of small-boat navigation, began to delve into accounts of other disasters at sea. What he found was a trunkful of hair-raising stories—of shipwreck, salvation, seamanship brilliant and inept, noble sacrifice, insanity, cannibalism, courage and cravenness, even scandal. In nonfiction accounts and in the works of Conrad, Melville, and Tomlinson, fear and survival animate and degrade human nature, in the microcosm of an open boat as in society at large. How lifeboats are made, rigged, and captained, Stilgoe discovered, and how accounts of their use or misuse are put down, says much about the culture and circumstances from which they are launched. In the hands of a skillful historian such as Stilgoe, the lifeboat becomes a symbol of human optimism, of engineering ingenuity, of bureaucratic regulation, of fear and frailty. Woven through Lifeboat are good old-fashioned yarns, thrilling tales of adventure that will quicken the pulse of readers who have enjoyed the novels of Patrick O’Brian, Crabwalk by Günter Grass, or works of nonfiction such as The Perfect Storm and In the Heart of the Sea. But Stilgoe, whose other works have plumbed suburban culture, locomotives, and the shore, is ultimately after bigger fish. Through the humble, much-ignored lifeboat, its design and navigation and the stories of its ultimate purpose, he has found a peculiar lens on roughly the past two centuries of human history, particularly the war-tossed, technology-driven history of man and the sea.

The Fleet Air Arm handbook, 1939-1945


Author: David W. Wragg
Publisher: Haynes Pubns
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 263
View: 947

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The Fleet Air Arm Handbook 1939-45 is the most comprehensive review available of the Royal Navy's air power during the war years. Starting with a brief history, the book progresses with a full war diary of all of the major operations in a gripping narrative account. In-depth analysis reveals what it was like to work as part of the Fleet Air Arm during the war - the food, accommodation, training, activities and uniform; and gives a glimpse into the men's characters. At the outbreak of the Second World War, British naval aviation was in the midst of chaos and confusion. But as this book shows, the rapid expansion of the Fleet Air Arm was one of the major achievements of the war. The author provides a detailed look at the aircraft, squadrons, naval air stations and aircraft carriers, battleships and cruisers involved. The book ends with a review of what is available at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.

Bombers

From the First World War to Kosovo
Author: David W. Wragg
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 280
View: 1804

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Describes the design of various types of bombers, their uses in combat, and their role in the future.

Carrier Combat


Author: David W. Wragg
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
ISBN: N.A
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 291
View: 9267

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An account of the role of the aircraft carrier in war which is illustrated by first hand accounts of action during the Second World War and the Gulf Conflict.

Operation Matador

Britain's War Plans Against the Japanese, 1918-1941
Author: Chit Chung Ong
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 314
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Operation Matador: Britain's War Plans against the Japanese 1918-1941 traces the British defence policy through those years, primarily from a military point of view, but taking into account the political, diplomatic and human factors involved. Based on painstaking research in British archives and his own insights as a Singaporean academic, Ong Chit Chung's illuminating study debunks the myth that the Singapore guns were pointing in the wrong direction and offers an alternative insight into why Malaya and Singapore were captured by the Japanese.

Der Operator

Wie ich Osama bin Laden getötet habe. Mein Leben als Navy SEAL Sniper
Author: Robert O'Neill
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 3959719132
Category: Political Science
Page: 384
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"Ich habe Osama bin Laden getötet!" Abbottabad, Pakistan. Es ist der 2. Mai 2011. Zehn Jahre nach 9/11. Ein bewaffneter Navy SEAL stürmt in das Zimmer. Er hat den al-Qaida-Anführer direkt im Visier, zielt auf seinen Kopf. Dann drückt er ab. Robert O'Neill ist der Mann, der Amerikas Staatsfeind Nr. 1 getötet hat. In seiner Autobiografie beschreibt er detailliert, wie seine Kameraden und er vorgegangen sind und wie die letzten Sekunden im Leben des Terroristenführers aussahen. 16 Jahre lang hat er für sein Vaterland gekämpft. Die lange Ausbildung und das harte Training haben ihn geformt. Eindrücklich erzählt er, wie es sich anfühlt, einen Kameraden nach dem anderen zu verlieren und sich nie sicher zu sein, ob man Frau und Kinder jemals wieder sehen wird. Der Operator ist das Zeugnis eines außergewöhnlichen Menschen und gewährt einen faszinierenden Einblick in eine Mission, die einen der wichtigsten Siege im Kampf gegen den islamistischen Terrorismus markiert.

Das Goldschiff

die größte Schatzsuche des 20. Jahrhunderts
Author: Gary Kinder
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783492232562
Category:
Page: 585
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Der Graf von Monte Christo


Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: nexx verlag gmbh
ISBN: 3958705006
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Der junge Seemann Edmond Dantès wird am Tag seiner Hochzeit aufgrund einer Intrige verhaftet. Ohne Gerichtsverhandlung wird er in das berüchtigte Gefängnis Château d’If, eine Festungsinsel vor der Küste von Marseille, gesperrt. Dort lernt er den Geistlichen Abbé Faria kennen, der ihm ein väterlicher Freund wird. Kurz vor seinem Tod erzählt Faria Dantès von einem riesigen Schatz, der auf der unbewohnten Insel Montecristo versteckt sein soll. Nach 14 Jahren gelingt Dantès schließlich die Flucht, der Schatz Farias macht ihn zum reichen Mann. Als Graf von Monte Cristo kehrt er reich nach Frankreich zurück – die Zeit für Gerechtigkeit ist gekommen ...

Odyssee


Author: Homerus
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783150002803
Category: Epic poetry, Greek
Page: 452
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Terror

Roman
Author: Dan Simmons
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364111361X
Category: Fiction
Page: 992
View: 8250

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Das große historische Epos – ein einzigartiger Roman England im Jahr 1845: Unter dem Kommando von Sir John Franklin brechen die modernsten Schiffe ihrer Zeit – die „Terror“ und die „Erebus“ – auf, um die legendäre Nord-West-Passage zu finden: den Weg durch das ewige Eis der Arktis in den Pazifik. 130 Männer nehmen an der Expedition teil. Keiner von ihnen wird je zurückkehren. Dies ist ihre Geschichte. Mit „Terror“ lässt Bestsellerautor Dan Simmons eine der geheimnisumwobensten Entdeckerfahrten der Menschheitsgeschichte lebendig werden: John Franklins Suche nach der Nord-West-Passage. Warum ist diese Expedition gescheitert? Wie konnten 130 Männer und zwei Schiffe verschwinden, ohne irgendwelche Spuren zu hinterlassen? Welchem Schrecken, welchem Terror sind sie im ewigen Eis begegnet? Aus diesen bis heute ungeklärten Fragen formt Dan Simmons eine atemberaubend spannende Geschichte, einen Roman, der Sie auf eines der größten Abenteuer mitnimmt, das es je gegeben hat ...