Aircraft Carrier in Straits
The Straits of Hormuz, as you likely know, is as strategic as it can be crowded as we see a small fishing vessel cutting across the bows of the aircraft carrier USS George W. Bush. Aircraft carriers of the CVN type are strategic assets all on their own so they are accompanied by several other ships making up a task force. As noted in the war game Harpoon — the only problem greater than having an aircraft carrier is not having an aircraft carrier.
China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: the struggle for survival
China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: the struggle for survival, Rana Mitter, 2013, ISBN 978-0-141-03145-3, 456 pp.
In the Usual Penguin Press style Mitter’s book is deliciously compact. The book’s knowing handful not only addresses China’s pivotal, though unheralded in the Western World, role during World War II but its history since Sun Yat-sen united China into the country we know today — incredibly only around a century ago as before then it was an assemblage of provinces.
The struggle for control by three Chinese power centers is illustrated quite well and quite clearly by Mitter which is no easy task since it involves understanding the psychology of the participants.
Mitter concludes with a discussion of how China view of the world is influenced by the continuing lack of recognition for its contribution of keeping an Asian front open occupying the Imperial Japanese forces and keeping them out of the Pacific Theater of Operations as well as fighting World War II years longer than Western Europe. Mitter reminds us that World War II did not begin with Nazi Germany invading Poland late in 1939 as most of us have been taught.
This book is comprehensive and an academic tool with its compete bibliography, foot notes and index. Mitter’s fluid and organized writing is unsurpassed and is the best way to tell the tale of China’s intricately complicated (often the Chinese way) history and aids the reader in better understanding World War II in regard to Japanese and Allied strategies. Mitter also intrigues with his interpretation for China’s modern-day behaviour as well.
Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual
Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1939 onwards (all marks): Owners’ Workshop Manual, Graeme Douglas, 2013, ISBN 9780857331595, 160 pp., 250 color + 50 b/w
The B-24 was one of the most produced aircraft of World War II — so much so it was produced in several factories. So it is no surprise that variations between factories existed and even more so as shortages of a gun turret type (one of two could be use in the nose) or autopilot etc.
The Owners’ Workshop Manual from Haynes again does not disappoint. The book is rich in how Liberators were made, how they flew (detailed information regarding operating and flying the Collins Foundation B-24 is included), illustrations and detailed insight.
Especially enlightening were the descriptions of the formation control stick, which way the nose wheel gear doors opened depending upon which nose turret was in use. This is a book which thankfully also explains the performance of the gun turrets which were so vital to the defense of Liberators.
If you want to know about the B-24 this is the book to get!
Seahawk Swathed in Purple
Originally posted on The People's Mosquito:
Issued: 13th October 2014
Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown joins The People’s Mosquito as Patron
The People’s Mosquito, the UK’s DH.98 restoration-to-flight project, is honoured to announce that Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown has graciously accepted its invitation to become the charity’s Patron.
To many, “Winkle” Brown will need no introduction, but for those who are less familiar with him, Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown CBE, OBE, MBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, MA, PhD, Hon FRAeS, RN is a former Royal Navy officer and test pilot who, in testing 487 different types of aircraft, has flown more types of aircraft than any other pilot in history – a record unlikely to be broken. He also holds the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed, completing 2,407, and is the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated living pilot.
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Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks
Avro Lancaster 1941 onwards All marks: Owner’s Workshop Manual, Jarrod Cotter, 2008, ISBN 9781844254637, 160 pp.
Cotter’s authorship of this beloved aircraft lives up to the Lancaster’s reputation. Another of the Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual series this book includes what has become expected from this excellent series. History and design of the Avro Lancaster is addressed and quite well. The heart of the book is operating a Lancaster (the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight or BBMF) as well as the maintenance and costs — all are quite enlightening.
The pilot’s description of flying and navigating the BBMF’s Lancaster is impressive and insightful. Amazingly four sets of eyes are used when navigating as well as during the flypasts. The reading is riveting.
Photos of details abound as do line drawings with engine changes and fuel tank inspections explained by those who do the work. Other details surface which are known generally by only those who live with the Lanc.
This book wonderfully describes the Lancaster is all of its dimensions and, short of working on the Lanc as a volunteer, one cannot get to know it better.