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A Photographic History of Amphibious Warfare 1939-1945 (Hardback)

Maritime Photographic Books WWII > Photographic Books

By Jonathan Forty, Simon Forty
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 200 Mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399082655
Published: 13th March 2023

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Amphibious operations have always been an important element of warfare, but they reached their climax during the Second World War when they were carried out on a large scale in every theatre of the conflict. That is why this wide-ranging, highly illustrated history of amphibious warfare 1939–1945 by Simon and Jonathan Forty is of such value.

Their book gives graphic accounts of the main amphibious assaults launched by the major combatants, in particular the British, American, German and Japanese – not just large-scale landings like those in North Africa, Normandy, the Philippines and Okinawa, but also raids such as Dieppe and St Nazaire and evacuations like Dunkirk and Kerch.

The rapid development of amphibious tactics and equipment is an essential element of the story, as are the vital roles played by the navies, air forces, armies and special forces in each complex combined operation. There is also a section on amphibious operations that were planned but didn’t happen, such as the German invasion of Britain and the Italian and German operation against Malta.

Well known military historians Simon and Jonathan Forty, no doubt influenced by their father George who was the long serving Curator of the Tank Museum at Bovington, present a comprehensive overview of the many amphibious operations, large scale landings and small scale raids and evacuations, carried out by sea, during the Second World War. What is particularly informative is that the very clear descriptions of the operations, illustrated by excellent maps and photographs, include a concise analysis of the successes and failures and of the lessons learned. The authors include British, American, German and Japanese operations, many of which I confess I had not previously encountered, but all of which contributed one way or another to the outcome of the War. Easily digestible, this comprehensive and superbly illustrated addition to the Pen & Sword Photographic History series would be hard to beat for those wishing to gain a clear understanding of the planning, conduct and outcome of amphibious operations throughout the Second World War. Highly recommended.

Military Historical Society

"...contains a plethora of after-action reports, diagrams and text which makes the work a thorough and engaging study of amphibious landings during the war."

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Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Simply packed from cover to cover with black/white historic photos, "A Photographic History of Amphibious Warfare 1939-1945" is a seminally informative, exceptionally well organized, and reservedly recommended core addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library World War II naval history collections and supplemental curriculum studies reading lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and WWII military history buffs that "A Photographic History of Amphibious Warfare 1939-1945" is also available in a digital book format.

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Midwest Book Review

I found this a really informative book and the collection of archive photos is fabulous. Plenty in here to interest historians and modellers alike.

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About Jonathan Forty

Jonathan Forty was educated in Dorset and the north of England before attending Queen Mary College, London. He designed and worked on military magazines, including for many years Tank magazine.
Son of author and RAC Tank Museum curator George Forty, Jonathan and his brother Simon have continued the family tradition, writing mainly on historical and military subjects including books on Hadrian's Wall, the Napoleonic wars and the two world wars, often in collaboration. Simon's latest book, published by Historic England, is D-Day UK: 100 Locations in Britain; Jonathan's Heavyweights: The Military Use of Massive Weapons. They are also co-authors of Tank Warfare 1939-1945.


About Simon Forty

Simon Forty was educated in Dorset and the north of England before reading history at London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing since the mid-1970s, first as editor and latterly as author. 
Son of author and RAC Tank Museum curator George Forty, Simon and his brother Jonathan have continued the family tradition, writing mainly on historical and military subjects including books on Hadrian's Wall, the Napoleonic wars and the two world wars, often in collaboration. Simon's latest book, published by Historic England, is D-Day UK: 100 Locations in Britain; Jonathan's Heavyweights: The Military Use of Massive Weapons. They are also co-authors of Tank Warfare 1939-1945.

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