War at Sea and in the Air

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615306770
  • Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Britannica Guide to War Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction x

Chapter 1 Early Warships 1

The Age of Oar and Ram 1

Egypt 2

Crete 3

Phoenicia 3

Greece 3

The Battle of Salamis 5

Rome 6

The Byzantine Empire 7

Viking Vessels 8

The Age of Gun and Sail 8

Gun-Armed Warships 9

From Oar to Sail 11

Ship of the Line 13

The Battle of Trafalgar 14

Frigates and Smaller Vessels 15

The Age of Steam and Iron 16

Toward the Ironclad 16

The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack 20

Toward the Battleship 22

Chapter 2 Modern Warships 25

The Age of Big Gun and Torpedo 25

Guns 25

Torpedoes 26

Armour 26

Propulsion 27

Battleships 27

The Battle of Jutland 29

Cruisers 31

Destroyers 32

The Age of the Aircraft Carrier 32

The Last Capital Ships 33

Aircraft Carriers 34

The Battle of Midway 37

Destroyers and Escort Ships 38

Torpedo Boats 39

Amphibians 40

The Age of the Guided Missile 43

Propulsion 44

Armour 45

Aircraft Carriers 45

The USS Enterprise 48

Fleet Escort Ships 51

Chapter 3 Submarines 55

Early Hand-Powered Submersibles 55

First Use in War 56

American Civil War and After 57

The H.L. Hunley 58

Toward Diesel-Electric Power 58

World War I 60

World War II 61

U-Boats 63

Postwar Developments 64

Nuclear Propulsion 66

Nuclear Power Plants 67

The Nuclear Navies 69

The Trident Missile 71

Design Principles 74

Chapter 4 Naval Tactics 78

Fundamentals 78

The Search for Constants 78

The Battle of the Nile 79

The Study of Trends 80

Tactics in the Modern Era 81

Historical Development 82

The Age of Galley Warfare 83

The Age of Fighting Sail 84

The Age of Steam and Big Gun 85

The Age of the Aircraft Carrier 87

The Pearl Harbor Attack 90

The Age of the Guided Missile 92

Guerrilla War at Sea: The Submarine 94

Chapter 5 Warplanes in the Propeller Age 96

Early History 96

World War I 98

Airships 99

Reconnaissance Aircraft 99

Fighters 100

The Red Baron 102

Ground Attack 103

Bombers 103

Naval Aviation 104

Air Transport and Training 105

Interwar Developments 106

Civilian Design Improvements 107

Fighters 109

Bombers 109

General Billy Mitchell 110

Carrier Aircraft 112

World War II 112

Fighters 112

The Spithre 117

The Ground Attack 118

Bombers 118

Naval Aviation 120

Kamikaze 122

Reconnaissance 122

Training 122

Air Transport 123

Helicopters 124

Chapter 6 Warplanes in the Jet Age 125

Fighters 126

Subsonic Flight 126

Transonic Flight 127

The MiG-15 128

Supersonic Flight 129

Mach 2 132

Multimission 135

The F-15 136

Bombers 138

High-Altitude Craft 138

The B-52 140

Low-Level Penetration 141

Stealth 142

The First Operational Craft 142

The B-2 143

Stealth Technology 144

Transport 144

Reconnaissance 145

Airborne Early Warning 146

Helicopters 146

Assault and Attack Helicopters 146

Naval Helicopters 147

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 147

Early Target Drones and RPVs 148

Modern Electronics 149

Use in War 150

Advanced UAVs 153

Chapter 7 Air Tactics 155

Through World War I 155

Through World War II 156

Air Superiority 156

Ground Attack 157

Strategic Bombing 158

The Battle of Britain 160

The Jet Age 165

Air Superiority 165

Suppression of Air Defense 166

Strategic Bombing 167

Conclusion 169

Glossary 170

Bibliography 172

Index 177

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