U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft

U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft

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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amphibious carriers down to tracked amphibious vehicles.As in earlier volumes in the series, this study uses previously unpublished sources to illustrate not only what was actually built but what was planned and never brought into service.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.(AGPs).13 Ultimately the program produced 41 landing craft mother ships (ARLs) , 12 battle damage repair ships ... R. C. Todhunter, of the British Admiralty delegation, to Captain Cochrane, BuShipsa#39; chief of preliminary design, on 10 November 1941. ... BuShip preliminary designers prepared a complete set of plans, to serve as contract plans for U.S. construction. ... November 1941 the Auxiliary Vessels Board decided that the U.S. Navy could use it better than the aquot; truck transportaquot; oranbsp;...

Title:U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft
Author: Norman Friedman
Publisher:Naval Institute Press - 2002

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