Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships

Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships

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The scattered remnants of a Wellington bomber in South Wales; the rusting carcass of a Churchill tank used for target practice on the English South Downs; spiked coastal guns at Hamningberg Fort in northern Norway; an abandoned T-34 tank in the Dukla Pass, Slovakia. More than 75 years after the end of World War II, the conflict's legacy can still be seen from the Arctic wastes to the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific.
The six years of World War II produced a greater number and variety of weapons than any other conflict before or since. This included more than 5 million tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and other self-propelled weapons; 8 million artillery guns; almost a million military aircraft; more than 50,000 ships and submarines; as well as many millions of rifles, machine guns and handguns. Today, in every corner of the world, the remnants of this epic conflict can still be seen. Long-buried ammunition in the Belorussian forest; sand-covered trucks in the Sahara desert; the abandoned concrete caverns of the Lorient U-boat base in southwest France; crashed American bombers and Japanese anti-aircraft guns in the jungles of New Guinea; thousands of unexploded bombs in the depths of the world's seas and oceans; or the hundreds of aircraft and 30 Japanese ships destroyed in Truk Lagoon, the biggest graveyard of ships in the world.
Illustrated with more than 200 unique photographs, Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships allows the history buff and general reader to explore the detritus of this unimaginably destructive conflict in every part of the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 20mm | 1,350g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 photos; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838860878
  • 9781838860875
  • 719,488

Table of contents


Western Europe
10.5cm Coastal Gun, Fort Hommet, Guernsey
SS Richard Montgomery, Thames Estuary, Kent, UK
8.8cm Flak 36, Jersey
Rangefinder, Battery Lothringen, Jersey
Pillbox, Kimmeridge Bay, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
Churchill Mk II Tank, South Downs, England
Wellington Bomber, Brecon Beacons, South Wales
LCM, Mjoifjordur, Iceland
V 1605 Mosel, off southern Norway
German howitzer, near Trondheim, Norway
Coastal gun, Hamningberg Fort, Varanger Peninsula, Norway
SS Frankenwald, Norwegian west coast
Landsort Coastal Artillery Battery, OEja, Sweden
BL 5.5in Mk I naval gun, Skansin Fortress, Torshavn, Faroe Islands
M26 Pershing, Belgian-German border
M4A1(76)W Sherman Tank, La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium
GMC CCKW, Corsica
Lorient Submarine Base, Lorient, France
Messerschmitt Bf 109 Fighter, l'ile de Planier, France
5cm PaK, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Pontoons, Arromanches, Normandy, France
T-34, Ruhleben, Berlin, Germany

Eastern Europe
Dakota DC3, near Otocac, Croatia
Torpedowaffenplatz Gothenhafen - Hexengrund, Poland
T-34/85, Klodzko, Poland
Lavochkin La-7, Klimkovice, Czech Republic
V-2, Blizna, Poland
IS-2 tank, Lesany, Czech Republic
T-34, Dukla Pass, Slovakia
Coastal gun, Vis, Croatia
Consolidated B-24 Liberator, off Vis Island, Croatia
Artillery shells, coastal Albania
Crashed aircraft, Parang Mountains, Romania
StuG III, Fakiya, Bulgaria
Obzor Fort, Bulgaria
Tank hulls, Stalin Line, Minsk, Belarus
24cm naval shells, Liepaja Harbour, Latvia
76mm M1914/15, Kerch Strait, Crimea
9in (228mm) gun, Suomenlinna Sveaborg Fortress, Helsinki, Finland
M1 pack howitzer, Mokra Gora, southwest Serbia
Bell P-39 Airacobra, Kalamita Bay, Crimea, Black Sea
ISU-152 self-propelled gun, Chernobyl, Ukraine
G-5-class motor torpedo boat, Karantynna Bay, Sevastopol, Crimea
Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East
HMS Maori, Valetta, Malta
Bristol Blenheim, off Xrobb l-Ghagin, Malta
Bristol Beaufighter, St Julian's Point, Sliema, Malta
Military Jeeps, Kalpaki village, Konitsa, Greece
Bofors 40mm guns, Theriso, Crete
German shell, Pedi Harbour, Symi, Greece
Scire (Italian submarine), Haifa, Israel
Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk, Egypt
SS Thistlegorm, near Ras Muhammad, Red Sea
Wrecked vehicles, Tobruk, Libya
Scala Battery, Simon's Town, South Africa
Aristea, Hondeklipbaai, South Africa

Asia and the Pacific
M3 Grant, Kohima, India
USS Saratoga, Bikini Atoll
Showa/Nakajima L2D Subic Bay, Philippines
Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippines
Akitsushima Maru, Coron Bay, Philippines
Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Kadidiri Island, Indonesia
USAT Liberty, Tulamben, Bali
Japanese Automatic cannon, Sai Kaew Beach, near Pattaya, Thailand
Douglas DC-3, Jar Island, Vansittart Bay, Kimberley Coast, Western Australia
Tank traps, Stockton Beach, New South Wales, Australia
6in BL Mark VII, Fort Scratchley, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
120mm Type 10 gun, Muschu Island, Papua New Guinea
Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty', Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Type 89 I-Go tank, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero', Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu, near Madang, Papua New Guinea
Japanese landing barge, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Vickers 8in guns, Betio, Tarawa Atoll
Kinugawa Maru, Ironbottom Sound, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
M3 Stuart, Solomon Islands
LVT-1, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
BL 6in Mark VII guns, Momi Battery, Fiji
Aero engine, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, New Hebrides
SS President Coolidge, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, New Hebrides
Wrights Hill Fortress, Wellington, New Zealand
USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Vought F4U Corsair, Oahu, Hawaii
Type A Ko-hyoteki midget submarine, Kiska, Aleutian Islands
Type 97 Chi-Ha tank, Shumshu, Kuril Islands, Russia
Soviet coastal gun, Vladivostok, Russia
Coastal artillery, Askold, Fokino territory, Russia
M4A3 Sherman, Iwo Jima, Japan
Type 96 gun, Iwo Jima, Japan
USS Emmons (DD-457), off Okinawa, Japan

North America
M4A2 Sherman, La Citadelle, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
M1888 gun, Cape Spear, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Douglas C-47B Skytrain, Gustavus, Alaska, USA
SS Northwestern, Captains Bay, Unalaska, Alaska
Avro Anson, Saskatchewan, Canada
Douglas DC-3 Dakota, near Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada
Bluie East Two US Air Force Base, Ikateq, Greenland
Consolidated B-24J Liberator, Mt Camel's Hump, Vermont, USA
Battery Payne, Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola, Florida, USA
Douglas B-18 Bolo, Mount Waternomee, Woodstock, New Hampshire, USA
U-352, off Morehead City, North Carolina, USA
SS Antilla, Aruba, Caribbean
QF 4in Mark IV naval gun, Gypsy Cove, near Stanley, Falklands
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About Chris McNab

Chris McNab has written more than 100 titles, primarily focused on historical and military topics. His books include A History of the World in 100 Weapons, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, Ghost Towns and Abandoned Wrecks. In addition to his writing work, Chris has made regular contributions
to radio and TV, and also works as an educational publishing consultant, advising international agencies on how to develop educational resources.
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