New From Osprey Publishing – US Standard-Type Battleships 1941–45 (1)



Written by US Navy expert Mark Stille, this book offers a unique insight into the Standard-type classes of US battleships. It provides a detailed investigation into the histories of each of the warships in the Standard-type battleship classes, the first three of which, the Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, formed the US Navy’s main force in the inter-war period. The Standard-types reflected a new design philosophy: by designing each class to meet common standards of maneuvrability and handling, vessels of different classes could operate as a single tactical unit without being limited by the performance of the slowest and least maneuvrable ship. At the time of their construction, these ships incorporated the latest design features such as triple gun turrets. Although they were rendered increasingly obsolete by evolving naval doctrines and the ascendance of the fast battleship, they served with distinction throughout World War II. This study combines analysis of design features and an absorbing narrative of operational histories to offer a comprehensive picture of the Standard-type battleships, from the brutal destruction of the USS Arizona to the triumphant occupation of Japan.


Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 35 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific.


Pre-war naval strategy and the role of the battleship
Design developments
Nevada class
Pennsylvania class
New Mexico class
Analysis and Conclusion

New From Pen And Sword Books – Shipcraft 21: British Destroyers, J-C and Battle Classes

Pen And Sword Books Shipcraft 21 British Destroyers

The ‘ShipCraft’ series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeller through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sisterships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring colour profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale plans. The modelling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic survey of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research references – books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites.

A follow-up to ShipCraft 11 on inter-war destroyers, this new volume deals with the later classes which were the most modern British destroyers of the Second World War. Marked by a common single-funnelled silhoutte, they were actually very varied, ranging from the large and powerful J to N flotillas, via the austere ‘War Emergency’ classes that were built in large numbers, to the radically different ‘Battle’ class, designed with a powerful AA armament for service in the Pacific.


On The Way From Osprey Publishing – Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2)

Osprey Publishing Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2)

Author: Mark Stille       Illustrator: Paul Wright
About this book :
During the Pacific War the most successful component of the Imperial Japanese Fleet was its destroyer force. These ships were larger and, in most cases, better-equipped than their Allied counterparts. Armed with a powerful, long-ranged torpedo, these ships proved formidable opponents. Initially, they were instrumental in an unbroken string of Japanese victories, but it was not until the Guadalcanal campaign that these ships fully demonstrated their power. In a series of daring night actions, they devastated Allied task forces with their deadly torpedoes. This volume details the history, weapons and tactics of the Japanese destroyers built just before and throughout the war, including the famous Kagero and Yugumo classes, the experimental destroyer Shimakaze that boasted a top speed of almost 40 knots and 15 torpedo tubes, and the Matsu class that represented the Japanese equivalent to an Allied destroyer escort. These ships were designed to be built quickly and cheaply, but proved to be very tough in combat.
Contents :
  • Introduction
  • Japanese naval strategy and the role of the destroyer
  • Japanese destroyer tactics
  • Japanese destroyer design principles
  • Japanese destroyer weapons
  • Japanese destroyer radar
  • Asashio class
  • Kagero class
  • Yugumo class
  • Akitsuki class
  • Shimakaze class
  • Matsu class
  • Analysis and conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Paperback;   Due Out September 2013;   48 pages;   ISBN: 9781849089876