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A Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945 by Paul Kemp

By Paul Kemp

An illustrated paintings overlaying the naval component to global struggle II. the topic is mentioned in response to kind of motion, together with fleet activities, service conflict, submarine war, coastal forces and certain forces. The e-book additionally includes illustrations of lifestyles at sea and give up ceremonies.

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Only nineteen merchant ships were converted to MAC ships - the conversion was long and expensive, and escort carriers were being built more qUickly and more cheaply in America. Left, lower: The flight deck of Empire MacAlpine showing four Swordfish ranged. Note the very small size of the flight deck. Each MAC ship could cany four aircraft. Some had hangars - in those that did not the aircraft had to be kept on deck in all weathers. Top: The launch of the German aircraft carrier Graj Zeppelin on 8 December 1938.

SBDs were responsible for the sinking of four Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942. Though nominally replaced by the SB2C Helldiver, the SBD continued to serve in a wide variety of roles until the end of the war. Left: An excellent photograph showing an SBD about to be waved off from the flight deck. Above, left: A torpedo strikes home on a Japanese transport at Truk on 16 February 1944. Above, centre: USS Shangri-La going down the ways at Norfolk Navy Yard on 24 February 1944.

Below: Ark Royal survivors at Gibraltar. Only one man of her complement of 1,580 was lost. CARRIER WAR 29 Right, top: HMS Victorious in northern waters in early 1942. The decision to send supplies to the north Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel meant that a carrier had to be kept in northern waters to provide a strike capability against the German battleship Tirpitz based in Norway. Far right, upper: An Albacore aircraft taking off from HMS Victorious. On 9 March 1942 Albacores from 81 7 Squadron embarked in Victorious made an unsuccessful torpedo attack on Tirpitz.

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