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M4 Sherman vs Type 97 Chi-Ha: The Pacific 1945
Zaloga, Stephen J.
ISBN: 9781849086387
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE43. While the Pacific campaign is not well known as a theater for tank combat, the US Army deployed nearly a third of its tank battalions to the Pacific, and Japan was among the top five tank manufacturers during the war. The obscurity of Pacific tank battles largely hinged on the tactics used in the Pacific theater due to terrain. Tanks were generally used as infantry support weapons, and the terrain precluded the use of tanks in maneuver warfare that might have led to large scale tank-vs.-tank battles. This book begins by surveying the early tank battles in the Pacific between US and Japanese forces, starting with the first encounters in the Philippines in 1941 between US M3 Stuart light tanks and Japanese Type 95 tanks. Tank-vs.-tank action became more common in 1944 as both sides poured larger numbers of tanks into the combat zone. The largest Japanese tank attack of the war took place in July 1944 on Saipan, but there were frequent tank encounters in the ensuing months on Guam, and Peleliu. The Philippines saw the largest Japanese tank deployment of the war, with the Japanese sending a tank division to Luzon in 1944. This led to extensive clashes with US army forces, sometimes pitting tank vs. tank, but often a mixture of tanks, infantry anti-tank weapons, and even self-propelled guns. The last two campaigns of the war on Iwo Jima and Okinawa saw tank use on the part of both sides, the Japanese finally concluding that "the fight against the US Army is a fight against his M4 tanks". This book will take a look at the two best tanks of the Pacific campaign. On the American side, the M4A3 Sherman medium tank was used by both the US Army and US Marine Corps. On the Japanese side, the Type 97-kai Shinhoto Chi-Ha was the best tank to see combat. This was a very uneven contest, which is the main reason that in 1944 on Luzon, the Japanese were so reluctant to deploy the Chi-ha against the Sherman and preferred to use them as dug-in pillboxes. The book illustrations will follow the usual Duel pattern with profile illustrations of the Type 97-kai Shinhoto Chi-ha and M4A3, views showing the ammunition of both types, interior illustrations showing the turret layout in both types, and a Battlescene showing the Type 97-kai in combat against US armor.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006539  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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New Zealand Armour In the Pacific 1939-45
Plowman, Jeffrey; Thomas, Malcolm
ISBN: 0473075032
Kiwi Armour  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, 95 photos, 11 1/35 scale drawings, 6 colour profiles. New Zealand entered World War Two with no armoured forces to speak of and only a handful of Bren gun carriers, but this was to prove no impediment to the formation of armoured units in this country. Packed with rare photos of pre-war and wartime New Zealand armoured vehicles, this book also explains Organisation, Camouflage and Markings, Operational History, Formation Signs, Unit Serial Numbers, and Uniforms.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008084  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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New Zealand Armour In the Pacific 1939-45
Plowman, Jeffrey; Thomas, Malcolm
ISBN: 0473075032
Kiwi Armour  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, 95 photos, 11 1/35 scale drawings, 6 colour profiles. New Zealand entered World War Two with no armoured forces to speak of and only a handful of Bren gun carriers, but this was to prove no impediment to the formation of armoured units in this country. Packed with rare photos of pre-war and wartime New Zealand armoured vehicles, this book also explains Organisation, Camouflage and Markings, Operational History, Formation Signs, Unit Serial Numbers, and Uniforms.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008085  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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New Zealand Armour In the Pacific 1939-45
Plowman, Jeffrey; Thomas, Malcolm
ISBN: 0473075032
Kiwi Armour  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, 95 photos, 11 1/35 scale drawings, 6 colour profiles. New Zealand entered World War Two with no armoured forces to speak of and only a handful of Bren gun carriers, but this was to prove no impediment to the formation of armoured units in this country. Packed with rare photos of pre-war and wartime New Zealand armoured vehicles, this book also explains Organisation, Camouflage and Markings, Operational History, Formation Signs, Unit Serial Numbers, and Uniforms.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008241  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Stuart Light Tank In Action
Doyle, David; Ervin, Rob
ISBN: 9780897477611
Squadron/Signal Publications  2014 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, SS12055. Named for Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart of the American Civil War, the Stuart tank filled the need for a light tank. The M3 and M5 series of tanks were the ultimate production variants of a line of vehicles whose development began in the mid-1930s. Then in 1941 the US Ordnance Department accepted a proposal by Cadillac to install double Cadillac V8 engines in the tank and, after remodeling the hull to accommodate the new motors, a new tank, the M5 (to avoid confusion with the M4 Sherman) was born. Reconnaissance units in the front lines of U.S. forces were always accompanied by the agile M5s. With a top speed of 45 miles per hour, armor protection, and firepower, the M5A1 provided powerful support for mobile reconnaissance teams. Though not a match for heavy German armor, the Stuart was more than adequate for dealing with infantry and saw action with U.S. Forces in the Pacific, where the Stuart could confront Japanís armor on better terms. In addition to serving the U.S. military, M5s were supplied to Britain and France and after World War II saw action of battle fronts in as far-flung places as China, India, and Indochina. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007820  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Stuart Light Tank In Action
Doyle, David; Ervin, Rob
ISBN: 9780897477611
Squadron/Signal Publications  2014 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, SS12055. Named for Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart of the American Civil War, the Stuart tank filled the need for a light tank. The M3 and M5 series of tanks were the ultimate production variants of a line of vehicles whose development began in the mid-1930s. Then in 1941 the US Ordnance Department accepted a proposal by Cadillac to install double Cadillac V8 engines in the tank and, after remodeling the hull to accommodate the new motors, a new tank, the M5 (to avoid confusion with the M4 Sherman) was born. Reconnaissance units in the front lines of U.S. forces were always accompanied by the agile M5s. With a top speed of 45 miles per hour, armor protection, and firepower, the M5A1 provided powerful support for mobile reconnaissance teams. Though not a match for heavy German armor, the Stuart was more than adequate for dealing with infantry and saw action with U.S. Forces in the Pacific, where the Stuart could confront Japanís armor on better terms. In addition to serving the U.S. military, M5s were supplied to Britain and France and after World War II saw action of battle fronts in as far-flung places as China, India, and Indochina. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007821  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II
Zaloga, Stephen J.
ISBN: 9781780960265
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, NVG203. The US Army and Marine Corps experimented with a wide range of flame-thrower tanks through World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. This book will examine early efforts in the US, the ill-fated attempt to adopted the British Crocodile for D-Day in Normandy, the adoption of the auxiliary E4-7 in the European Theater, and the use of British Crocodile flamethrower units in the ETO. Although the US Army deployment of flame-thrower tanks in the ETO was problematic at best, flamethrowers were much more widely used in the Pacific theater and became ubiquitous by 1945, including an entire Army flamethrower tank battalion on Okinawa in 1945, the largest single use of flamethrower tanks in World War II. This will cover the initial attempts at the use of auxiliary flamethrowers by both the US Army and Marine Corps in 1943, the standardized adoption of the Satan flamethrower tank by the Marines in 1944, the development of main gun flamethrowers by the Marines and US Army based on the POA-CWS (Pacific Area Operation-Chemical Warfare Section) designs, and the myriad other types tested in combat including the powerful LVT-4 design using Navy flamethrowers at Peleliu in 1944. Due to the extensive Japanese use of fortifications in the final year of the Pacific war, Flamethrower tanks became one of the most important solutions in American tactics.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007380  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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US Marine Corps Tanks of World War II
Zaloga, Stephen J.
ISBN: 9781849085601
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, NVG186. The US Marine Corps formed six tank battalions in World War II which saw combat in some of the most varied and extreme conditions of the Pacific theater. The Marine tank battalions fought on small coral atolls such as Tarawa, in the fetid jungles of the south west Pacific including Guadalcanal, in the lush central Pacific islands of the Marianas such as Saipan and Guam, and on the volcanic deserts of the Bonin islands such as Iwo Jima. The tank equipment of the Marine Corps was essentially the same as that used by the US Army: the M3 and M5A1 light tanks, and the M4 Sherman medium tanks. But the conditions and the opponent forced the Marine Corps to adapt both in terms of technical and tactical innovations. The numerous island landings forced the development of novel landing equipment, especially deep wading equipment to get the tanks safely ashore. Japanese defensive tactics in 1943-44 put a premium on American use of flamethrowers and the development of a variety of flamethrower tanks on the M3 light tank chassis. Deadly Japanese close-infantry tactics forced the development of novel methods of tank protection including the use of wooden armor to defeat the use of magnetic anti-tank devices. This book will examine the Marine use of tanks in World War II and the tactics and technology that made their experiences so unique in the annals of tank warfare.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005956  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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