Famous Ships of World War II (Colour) by Chris Ellis

By Chris Ellis

The diversity of ships featured are consultant of the numerous kinds of sessions of send excited about WW2. the 1st half illlustrates in color seventy one diversified ships followed via short info of the vessel involved, and importantly, a number of the photographs express the ships of their camouflage schemes. the second one half offers a biography of every of the seventy one ships illustrated, describing the ship's layout historical past, its armament, armour, equipment, and salient gains, by way of its wartime heritage and destiny. extra chapters care for wartime color schemes, and schematic camouflage styles (line drawings).

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