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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II

What was the armament and crew of the German Tiger tank and its Soviet equivalent, the T-34? What was the calibre and effective range of the Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifle? World War II spawned a massive variety of weapons systems, many complex, all fascinating and exciting. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II is an easy-to-read illustrated compendium of the military hardware- from air, sea or land - which was used in engagements around the globe from 1939 to 1945. It includes more than 1500 pieces of equipment from handguns to aircraft carriers. Each weapon system is illustrated with a detailed profile artwork and a photograph showing the weapons system in service. Accompanying the illustrative material is detailed text that lists each weapon's service history, the numbers built, and its variants, as well as full specifications. When did the Hawker Hurricane make its maiden flight? What role did Japanese light cruisers play? The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II answers these questions and many more. A fund of World War II weapons information, this is a must for military historians and anyone with a keen interest in the history of World War II.
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Introduction Axis Tanks British and French Tanks Soviet and American Tanks Tank Destroyers Special Purpose Tanks Amphibious Vehicles Allied and Axis Halftracks Armoured Cars Allied Tanks and Axis Trucks Light Vehicles Self-Propelled Guns Heavy Artillery Field Artillery Heavy Anti-aircraft Guns Light Anti-Aircraft Guns War Rockets Anti-Tank Guns Infantry Support Weapons Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons Allied and Axis Rifles Allied and Axis Pistols Allied and Axis Machine Guns Allied and Axis Sub-Machine Guns Allied and Axis Flamethrowers Allied Fighters Axis Fighters Heavy Bombers Light and Medium Bombers Jet Aircraft Axis Ground Attack Aircraft Allied Ground Attack Aircraft Night-Fighters Allied and Axis Flying-Boats Allied and Axis Seaplanes Anti-Shipping Aircraft Carrier Aircraft Transport and Assault Aircraft Air-to-Ground Weapons Light Aircraft Axis Submarines Allied Submarines British Aircraft Carriers Japanese Aircraft Carriers American Aircraft Carriers Allied and Axis Battleships Allied and Axis Cruisers Axis Destroyers Escort Vessels Coastal Craft Assault Ships Glossary of Weapons

About the Author

General editor Chris Bishop was the editor of the Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, and author of German Campaigns of World War II, The Rise of Hitler's Third Reich, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions and The Military Atlas of World War II, among many other military history titles.

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