Amtracs US Amphibious Assault Vehicles by Steven J. Zaloga, Terry Hadler, Mike Badrocke

By Steven J. Zaloga, Terry Hadler, Mike Badrocke

Steven Zaloga’s first-class research of this specialized attack car tracks the Amtrac's profession from early prototypes to trendy versions, targeting operational advancements, the strategies governing deployment and use, and the varied editions.

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1933, p. 2. PRO CAB 16/109, CID 1147-B, First report of the Defence Requirements Committee, paper DRC 14, p. 9. The Stresa Front was the name given to the agreement made in 1935 between Britain, Italy and France to continue to be bound by the terms of the Locarno Treaty. The hope at the time was that this ‘front’ would act as a break on German expansion to the west, but this faith was to prove ill founded. For a modern interpretation of the background to and consequences of the AngloGerman Naval Agreement, see Maiolo, Royal Navy and Nazi Germany.

The need for these officers was supported by a paper from the Second Sea Lord’s Office, which laid down the requirement for A/ S specialists as shown in Table 1. Table 1: Bearing and Requirement of A/S Specialist Officers, 1922 Source: PRO ADM 1/8731/212, Development of the Anti Submarine Service, minute by NA to 2SL, 27 Oct. 1922. The stated policy in 1924 was to maintain a nucleus of trained anti-submarine specialists afloat, in shore staffs and at Portland. 17 He saw these important appointments as being the senior positions at Portland and on the staffs of various embarked senior officers.

14 33 Copyright © 2003 George Franklin BRITAIN’S ANTI-SUBMARINE CAPABILITY, 1919–1939 Churchill replied that I am delighted at all that you tell me about your increasing mastery of the submarine, that poisonous curse upon British sea power. 15 Chatfield was talking about defence of warships in the Mediterranean, all merchant ships having been diverted around the Cape, in which case his statement, while optimistic, was not entirely outrageous, and was consistent with the results being obtained at Portland and in fleet exercises.

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