From the Imjin War to the Six-Day War, there's a fantastic selection of prospective titles vying for your vote in this month's Duel book vote. Below we have five options, so as always, have a read of the descriptions and click the link to have your say.
DUE: Korean Warship vs Japanese Warship: Imjin War, 1593–98
DUE: British Battleships vs German Battleships, 1941–43
DUE: German 88mm gun vs Allied Armour: North Africa, 1940–43
DUE: Elefant/Ferdinand (SdKfz. 184) vs SU-152, Kursk 1943
DUE: Egyptian Armour vs Israeli Armour, Six-Day War, 1967
Korean Warship vs Japanese Warship: Imjin War, 1593–98
The Japanese invasions of Korea comprised of two separate yet linked operations: an initial invasion in 1592, a brief truce in 1596, and a second invasion in 1597. The Koreans possessed an advantage at sea. Because of advanced artillery and shipbuilding technology, along with an extensive naval history against Japanese pirates, the Korean navies fielded highly advanced and formidable ships such as the panokseon, a powerful galley-type ship. In contrast, the Japanese ships lacked effective naval armament, being modified merchant vessels more suited for transportation of troops and equipment than fielding artillery weapons.
British Battleships vs German Battleships, 1941–43
The four key German capital ships at the outbreak of World War II comprised the Bismarck and Tirpitz, and the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. For the British, the King George V-class battleships provided some of the most powerful vessels in the Royal Navy, backed up by the mighty HMS Hood. The two major clashes covered in this title are the Denmark Strait battle in 1941, and the Battle of the North Cape, 26 December 1943.
German 88mm gun vs Allied Armour: North Africa, 1940–43
The 8.8 cm Flak in the anti-tank role was arguably most effective in the flat and open terrain of Libya and Egypt. The success of the German anti-tank weapons caused the Allies to take steps to defend against it in new tank designs. This title explores the adaptations of the Flak 18/36/37/41 to facilitate it in the anti-tank role, and reveals the advantages but also the limitations of the ‘88s’, as well as Allied techniques for dealing with them.
Elefant/Ferdinand (SdKfz. 184) vs SU-152, Kursk 1943
The Elefant (German for "elephant") was a heavy tank destroyer used by German Wehrmacht Panzerjäger during World War II. Ninety-one units were built in 1943 under the name Ferdinand, after its designer Ferdinand Porsche, using tank hulls produced for the Tiger I tank design which was abandoned in favour of a Henschel design. Ferdinands first saw combat in the Battle of Kursk, where eighty-nine were committed, the largest deployment of the vehicle during its service. Although not designed for the role, the SU-152 proved to be a cheap, widely produced and effective heavy tank killer, second only to the SU-100 as an antitank vehicle, as well as highly successful at its original role against infantry and fortifications.
Egyptian Armour vs Israeli Armour, Six-Day War, 1967
The Six Day War, which took place between June 5 and June 10, 1967, was the first Israeli-Arab conflict in which tanks played a major, decisive role. More than 2,500 tanks were involved. The Egyptian Army used a variety of World War II-era vehicles and tanks, including the T-34/85, T-54, T-55, PT-76, IS-3s and SU-100/152. Israeli armoured units were mostly M48 tanks, AMX-13's and Centurion tanks, as well as the M50 and M51 (Super) Shermans. One of the key clashes was at Abu Agheila, where the Egyptians lost 40 AFVs and the Israelis lost 19.
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We had a fantastic reaction to last month's Raid book vote, which generated plenty of discussion. But which title idea has come out on top?
Coming in first was Longships on the Seine: The Viiking siege of Paris 885–86, taking 31% of the final vote. Not too far behind with 22% was Termoli 1943, with Operation Eagle Claw 1980 taking third place.
|RAID: Longships on the Seine: The Viking siege of Paris 885–86||31%|
|RAID: Operation Eagle Claw 1980: Carter’s disastrous bid to end the Iran hostage crisis||18%|
|RAID: Termoli 1943: Commandos, tanks, and Fallschirmjäger battle for an Italian seaport||22%|
|RAID: The Empire Strikes Back: Japan’s raids on the US West Coast 1941–45||13%|
|RAID: Von Hipper’s Cruise 1914: The High Seas Fleet raids Yarmouth, Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool||17%|