Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Support

Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Support

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By (author) Gordon L. Rottman

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 241mm x 5mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846034353
  • ISBN 13: 9781846034350
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 275,529

Product description

Described by one soldier as a metal box designed by a sadist to move soldiers across the water, the Landing Craft, Infantry was a large beaching craft intended to deliver an infantry company to a hostile shore, once the beachhead was secured. The LCI and its vehicle-delivery counterpart, the Landing Ship, Medium were widely used by the allies during World War II. Later, the hulls of these ships were used as the basis for a fire support ship. While the landing ships were phased out after the Korean War, some fire support craft remained in use throughout the Vietnam War.

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Author information

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969 70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

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"Rottman tells the developmental and operational history of these important amphibious craft. Although the British requested the initial craft from American shipbuilders for use in the European Theater, the Americans used them to great effect in the Pacific Theater (of course, the Americans also used them in the European Theater). Rottman explores the transition of the use of the craft from a purely transport of men and equipment to a platform of significant firepower (they were used as close-in support where larger naval vessels could not go because the water depth was too shallow)... Finally, the illustrations by Peter Bull in the book are excellent. They are full of detail and provide the color schemes of the craft that black and white photographs obviously can't provide." -Jeff Grim, "Collected Miscellany (" "Expanding of their ever growing range of fine reference books, Osprey Publishing has announced the latest release in their Vanguard range -n