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Posted by: Osprey_GP I've just read the British & US Submarine new vanguard titles back to back and they prime are examples of how the series can differ in terms of content styles .

The US volume dealt more with the technical aspect of the subs(including a lot of the pictures, internal parts etc.) and had very little in terms of operational histories whereas the British volume was the total opposite, very little technical info and a lot of operational histories(including excellent profile shots).

I was left wanting more from the US volume but the British title is one of the best I've read in the series.

I've just checked the other available titles from the author of the latter(Innes McCartney) and he's only done one other Osprey, which is surprising.

Personally I prefer new vanguard's to concentrate more on the operational histories but it seems to be hit and miss.

Posted on: 07/01/2015 00:27:00

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Posted by: Paintybeard
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Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013
Thanks for the warning Osprey_GP. I'd been thinking of adding the U.S. submarines book to my library, but It goes down the list after your comments. I'm looking for a book that will give an outline of how the Japanese Merchant Marine was wiped out in WW2, and it sounds as if the Osprey NV will not fit the bill.
Posted on: 07/01/2015 05:08:00
Posted by: Red One
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Joined Date: Thursday, 24 October 2013
Clay Blair, Silent Victory is the best,
Posted on: 07/01/2015 13:10:00
Posted by: achim
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
If you can lay your hands on Leonce Peillard, The Submarine War, you will have a massive Volume (i recall some 500 Pages +) with a very good narrative of the whole Submarine War in WWII!! Even as this is an older Book, it is still one of the best! It gives good space to Atlantic, Pacific and Med Theaters, and, as the Author is French, he gives space to the sad history of the French Submarine Force (almost never told otherwise...)!
Posted on: 07/01/2015 14:59:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 347
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013
Clay Blair who wrote "Hitler's U-boat War"? I'm ashamed to admit that I never realised he had covered the Pacific as well. Thanks very much for the tip, Red One, really must get my hands on this.
Posted on: 07/01/2015 15:16:00
Posted by: 1830
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Joined Date: Friday, 24 May 2013
Hello:

In a 48 pages format the authors are forced to choice between give an adecuate coverage to operational history or discuss technical aspects in depth.

Wisely Air Vanguard books had 64 pages!
Posted on: 07/01/2015 19:12:00
Posted by: Michael Kazich @ Osprey
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Joined Date: Friday, 28 March 2014
To be fair to the US title - the NVG format is supposed to give the author full remit to deal with technical aspects. In an ideal world one would have an equal focus on both, but 48 pages isn't a whole lot of room...

Thanks,

Michael K
Posted on: 08/01/2015 14:05:00

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