• Navy Ops, Bd. 14/2024

    Issue 14 of Navy Ops contains reports and features on the current deployment of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and her escort ships in the Western Pacific, on the short period of service of the Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure from 1957 to 1970 and on the current frigate and destroyer shipbuilding programmes in China and the USA.
    We also portray the General Dynamics F-16N, a little-known US Navy version of the most successful western land-based combat aircraft of our time.
    In the third part of our multi-part series of articles on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, we look at the difficult introduction of the ship class into active service in the US Navy.
    We take an exclusive look at the modern Russian Steregushchi class corvettes and compare the modern western AAW/air defence systems in service on American and European ships.
    Illustrated throughout with colour photos.


  • Navy Ops, Bd. 15/2024: Flugabwehrschiffe der Horizon und Daring- Klassen

    Issue 15 of Navy Ops includes reports and features on the maritime air defence systems used by the UK, France and Italy, as well as the Horizon and Daring class destroyers used by these nations.
    In two exclusive reports, we take a look at the current status of the construction programmes of the two aircraft carriers USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) and USS Enterprise (CVN-80), which are the latest ships of the Gerald R. Ford class.
    We also portray the Tupolev Tu-160 BLACKJACK, the largest and most powerful long-range bomber ever built (which can also be used against naval targets), and we take a look at the short but chequered ship’s life of the Dutch aircraft carrier HNLMS Karel Doorman.
    In the fourth part of our multi-part series of articles on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, we look back at their service in the 1980s and their operations in the Persian Gulf. With the USS Blueback, we introduce you to the last diesel submarine of the US Navy and we report on the departure of the German sail training ship Gorch Fock for its current training voyage.
    Illustrated throughout with colour photos.

  • ShipCraft 32: British Aircraft Carriers. Hermes Ark Royal and the Illustrious Class

    The subject of this volume is the evolution of the Royal Navy’s fleet carriers as exemplified by those designed from the keel up for the role. Hermes was the world’s first purpose-built carrier, laid down in 1918, but she was followed by a series of conversions from other types and it was not until the mid-1930s that another was designed and built from scratch. This was the famous Ark Royal, a far larger and more capable ship, but destined to be a one-off as the Navy switched its focus to a ship capable of surviving in the most hostile environments. This requirement produced the radically different armoured carriers of the Illustrious class, arguably the toughest aviation ships of the Second World War.
    With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – this book is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these challenging subjects.
    60 s/w Fotots und 60 Farbillustrationen.

  • Shipcraft 33: British Light Cruisers Vol. 2: Town, Colony & Later Classes

    This is the second of two volumes covering Royal Navy 6-inch cruisers of the 1930s and later, this one devoted to the SECOND GENERATION designs armed with triple mountings. The Southampton class marked a return to large cruisers, but the urgent requirement for numbers led to the smaller COLONIES from which all the later RN 6-inch cruisers were derivatives. These ships formed the backbone of British cruiser forces during the Second World War.
    With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – this book is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these famous cruisers.
    70 colour illustrations, 60 mono illustrations.

  • Tankograd American Special 3049: Reforger 78

    During REFORGER 78 forces from the USA were mainly deployed in the autumn manoeuvres Saxon Drive and Certain Shield in West Germany.
    During the corps training exercise Saxon Drive of the Dutch I (NL) Corps, units of the 1st Brigade, 4th (US) Infantry Division were operationally subordinated to the 4th (NL) Division. The 3rd Brigade, 2nd (US) Armored Division (Forward) fought on the side of Blue Force.
    The corps training exercise Certain Shield 78 was the largest exercise of NATO land forces of that year. One of the most important objectives was to familiarise REFORGER troops, brought in from the USA, with the local conditions and the tactical situation. The exercise force had a total strength of 55,780 soldiers, and it fielded some 6,370 wheeled vehicles and 2,800 tracked vehicles as well as 562 helicopters and 24 aircraft.
    Serving as an eyewitness to an era long gone this publication shows the US military vehicles and those of the allied nations during the two REFORGER 78 exercises in exiting photographs and allows the reader to visualize the land warfare tactics at the heart of the Cold War.

    Illustrated with 30 black&white photographs, 84 colour photographs and 10 graphics


  • Tankograd American Special 3050: STRYKER. Die Radpanzer-Familie US-Army.

    The Stryker Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) family was introduced to fill a US Army capability gap for a rapidly deployable armoured combat vehicle that required minimal logistical support and featured state-of-the-art technology. For this purpose, a new type of troop formation was created that did not exist before, namely the so-called “Medium Force”. This was to close the capability gap between light infantry units and heavy tank brigades.
    For the first time this publication grants an overview over all Stryker variants, from its ICV basic model up to the most recent additions to the family.
    M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV)
    M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Javelin (ICV-J)
    M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Scout (ICV-S)
    M1126 Stryker Electronic Warfare (TEWS)
    M1126 Stryker Electronic Warfare (WIN-T)
    M1126 Stryker High-Energy Laser (MEHEL)
    M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV)
    M1127 Stryker Opposing Force Surrogate Vehicle (OSWV)
    M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS)
    M1129B Stryker Mortar Carrier B (MC-B)
    M1130 Stryker Command Vehicle (CV)
    M1131 Stryker Fire Support Vehicle (FSV)
    M1132 Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV)
    M1132 Stryker Command Vehicle (CV)
    M1133 Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV)
    M1134 Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)
    M1135 Stryker NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV)
    M1296 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICV-D)
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    Illustrated with 105 colour photographs

  • Tankograd British Special No. 9039: RAC Germany Die Panzer der British Army in Deutschland 1950-90

    Almost 85 years ago, the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) was formed and it can be found today in every theatre of operations of the British Army. One of the most important episodes in the RAC’s history was the deployment of units to West Germany during the Cold War in 1950-90. Still today tanks such as the Centurion, Conqueror, Chieftain and Challenger are recognised and honoured among experts in the field.
    This publication shows these icons of British tank design in impressive and often even dramatic exercise photographs taken during their duty with the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). An additional chapter covers the wheeled armour of the armoured reconnaissance regiments of the RAC.
    llustrated throughout with 85 colour photos, 44 b/w photos and 7 graphics.

  • Tankograd British Special No. 9040: Iron Hammer 88. Divisionsgefechtsübung der 3rd (BR) Armoured Division THE IRON DIVISION

    The General Defence Plan of I (BR) Corps towards the end of the Cold War envisaged deploying the 1st and 4th (BR) Armoured Divisions on the forward edge of defence and keeping the 3rd (BR) Armoured Division with its three brigades (4th, 6th and 33rd Armoured Brigades) back as a reserve. Against this background, the British manoeuvre Iron Hammer, as the last of NATO’s Autumn Forge manoeuvre series in Germany, took place in the autumn of 1988. The total number of troops participating in Iron Hammer 88 was approximately 25,300, including 1,600 Territorial Army soldiers from the United Kingdom, who were in the field with 275 main battle tanks, 2,000 tracked vehicles, 4,000 wheeled vehicles and 75 helicopters. For field testing, FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Mk 2 tanks of one squadron of the 17th/21st Lancers were each fitted with auxiliary fuel drums at the rear of the tank hull. For the first time at the divisional level, the new mechanised infantry fighting vehicle, the FV510 ISV Warrior, also deployed.
    This publication shows the military vehicles of the participating units in dramatic exercise photographs partially in severe winter weather conditions.
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    Illustrated with 105 colour photos, 20 black&white photos and 6 graphics.

  • Tankograd Militärfahrzeug Spezial 5097: Bv 206 S Die Bandvagn 206 S im Dienst der Bundeswehr

    Development of the protected Bandvagn (Bv) 206 S, successor to the world-famous Bv 206 D, began in the late 1980s. At the beginning of the 1990s, the German Armed Forces began to take an interest in the vehicle. Since 1985, its predecessor, the Bv 206 D Husky was used very successfully, but the German Army was looking for a protected vehicle to close a gap in the range of vehicles and capabilities of its airborne forces. Consequently the Bundeswehr ordered 31 Bv 206 S.
    Mobile Medical Team (MMT) Vehicles in 2002. Four of these were later converted to Mobile Evacuation Physician Team (MEPT) Vehicles. 75 of the Bv 206 S Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) variant were purchased in 2004, followed by 81 Bv 206 S Command Post Vehicles in 2005.
    To date, 189 “transport vehicles, light armoured, air-transportable in C-160 tactical cargo aircraft, Bv 206 S” have been procured by the Bundeswehr. This publication shows the entire vehicle range for the first time in detail.
    Illustrated throughout with 150 colour photographs and 12 graphics.!