Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by SniperSquad, Nov 24, 2020.
Like this. I'm on mobile though so it might be different for PC.
It seems I was drinking. I never saw the "Upload a File" button
I will try to add my pictures to see it works.
Here is my new encyclopedia. I really like it.
It is a good starter that has all of the "essentials", but it is far from having everything. From what I recall, it was weak on the navies, focusing more on land & air.
I have the Barnes&Nobel edition.
Love that 5 star review. So informative.
One would have to ask what constitutes a WW2 vehicle (let alone a vehicule as per the OP!). Would civilian vehicles pressed into service (like the bakers delivery van from Jersey photo'd abandoned in the Falaise pocket) count? Would those of neutral countries like the lorry chassis based Rolls Royce lookalikes used by the Irish forces to patrol the Northern Irish border be included? Would experimentals and prototypes qualify?
If the military had an official designation for it, it's a military vehicle.
The title of the book says: "Weapons of World War II".
And the people selling them!
Used-Very Good: $120.55
That penny makes all the difference evidently.
8.65 used on B&N.
Congrats on finding the encyclopedia SniperSquad. Takao mentioned that it was light on the navel section.
If you ever want more Navy information, might I suggest maybe “Janes Fighting Ships”?
There might be better references, but I love to look through my “Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II”. I found my copy at a used book sale for 3 dollars. I also found a copy for World War I as well. It’s really cool to see how some of the battleships changed over the years between the two conflicts (cage masts changed to tripod masts and such).
Thanks for the suggestion but for now it will do the job. The navy section is more than one hundred pages and for each ship, tank, airplane ... it gives a lot of information. I just checked on amazon for Janes Fighting Ships and a reviewer said that you wont learn a thing by checking this book because, yes, there are one thousand boats but almost no description at all.
So I prefer my big red book
Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants by K. J. Bauer; Greenwood (1991), Edition: First American Edition, 376 pages
Well, you could do 100 pages or more on either the Soviet Navy or French Navy.
CORRECTION - Jurg Meister covers the Soviet Navy in 347 pages, and Henri Le Masson covers the French WW2 Navy in 2 volumes & 375 pages. Aldo Fraccaroli covers the Italian Navy in WW2 in 204 pages, but that is just their warships and does not include any of their replenishment ships.
So, to me, 100 pages is just scratching the naval surface. For example, Linton & Wells use almost 1000 pages to cover only Japanese cruisers. M. J. Whitley uses a couple hundred pages to cover all cruisers in WW2, and another couple hundred pages to cover all destroyers in WW2. Thus, to me, some 100 pages to cover all navies is "light."
Jane's covers near-about all warships in WW2, but, yes, their is little in the way of description or service history. However, there are photos or drawings of almost every class of warship, plus the required standard fare of names of ships in class, gun type & number, weight, speed, armor, etc. It is only meant to be a quick reference guide for such, and is priced as such. If you want details concerning design & service histories you must look elsewhere.
That is only major combatants, and the majority do not pertain to WW2.
My "Go To" resource is "The Navy of World War II 1922-1947" by Paul H. Silverstone, 2008, published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
Only drawback, is it does not cover the smaller landing craft, only going down to LCTs.
I like the Register, I can pick it up without help.
This is a good "coffee table" book to read. I have had a hard copy for 15 years. Very entertaining,
Takao, I'm assuming that the 1000 pages on Japanese cruisers is going over every single one of them and a bit of their career?