01 March 2007

Two new books from Vanwell Publishing

Vanwell Publishing has published two new books on Canadian military history of note. A Blue Water Navy: The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, 1943-1945, Volume II, Part II, authored by WAB Douglas, Roger Sarty, Michael Whitby, etc., is the second installment in the official history of the Royal Canadian Navy series produced by the Department of National Defence. Vanwell notes: "Based on extensive research, Blue Water Navy follows the RCN's path to victory from 1943 to 1945 as Canadian warships engage the enemy across the globe in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans, covering: the Allies' North Atlantic triumph over the German submarine army; the RCN's combined operations role in Dieppe, Africa and Sicily; the procurement of large fleet destroyers and their operations; culmination of the RCN's overseas buildup with Operation Neptune; multi-function capabilities from MTBs, minesweeping and anti-submarine activity; acquisition of cruisers and Canadian manned escort carriers." The second book, Anthony Stachiw's Canadian CF104 Starfighter is the fourth instalment of the In Canadian Service series and "examines the acquisition and operational role of the Canadian built version of the F-104G Starfighter in Canadian service. The Starfighter would serve with eight squadrons in the Air Division in Europe, six of which were tasked with the tactical nuclear strike role, with the remaining performing photo reconnaissance duties."

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