U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History

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Naval Institute Press, 2002 - History - 659 pages
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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. Current and future amphibious forces and tactics are explained, together with their implications for ships and craft, from 40,000-ton amphibious carriers down to tracked amphibious vehicles.As in earlier volumes in the series, this study uses previously unpublished sources to illustrate not only what was actually built but what was planned and never brought into service.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.

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Even considering the intense analysis that the author brings to this series examining the various types of warships used by the United States Navy, this is an unsually complicated story. I probably ... Read full review

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Dr. Norman Friedman is a defense analyst and historian specializing in the intersection of technology and national strategy. He was Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Hudson Insitute in New York under Herman Kahn, and later was personal consultant to the Secretary of the Navy for a decade. The author of 33 books, he conducted or co-authored numerous studies, and served as a futurologist for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002-2004.

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