British Aircraft Carriers 1939–45

British Aircraft Carriers 1939–45 cover

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With war against Germany looming, Britain pushed forward its carrier program in the late 1930s. In 1938, the Royal Navy launched the HMS Ark Royal, its first-ever purpose-built aircraft carrier. This was quickly followed by others, including the highly-successful Illustrious class. Smaller and tougher than their American cousins, the British carriers were designed to fight in the tight confines of the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Over the next six years, these carriers battled the Axis powers in every theatre, attacking Italian naval bases, hunting the Bismark, and even joining the fight in the Pacific. This book tells the story of the small, but resilient, carriers and the crucial role they played in the British war effort.

Product details

Published Dec 20 2012
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781782008415
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 168
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Author

Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam hails from Orkney, off the north of…

Illustrator

Tony Bryan

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