Just in time for your Revell Gato model next year:
US Submarines 1941-45 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
by Jim Christley, Tony Bryan (Illustrator) Due in January 2006.
48 pages, $10.95.
Naval warfare in the Pacific changed completely with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The strategic emphasis shifted from battleships to much more lethal, far-ranging weapons systems; one of these was the submarine. This book details the design and development, classes, weapons and equipment, tactics and operational history of the US submarine in World War II. Detailed tables, photographs, and superb color plates depict the force that had an effect far beyond its size: the submarine accounted for 55% of all Japanese shipping losses, despite suffering the highest percentage loss of any unit of the United State Armed Forces in World War II.
Many of the "old timers" in the SC remember Jim very well, Jim also did all the illustrations for the two volume Friedman "US Submarines....." books. My advice; just BUY IT!!