Avonmore Books

Avonmore Books
Avonmore Books is an Australian publisher specialising in military and aviation history, with a particular interest on the early period of the Pacific War. Avonmore prides itself in being the only mainstream Australian military history publisher producing full colour, illustrated books. While expensive to produce, they strive to produce titles that are a pleasure to own and read, and which incorporate first-class profiles, illustrations and maps.

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  • Pacific Profiles - Volume Four

    • The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles to date of aircraft which served in the Pacific theatre.
    • The author, Michael John Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise on both the Allied and Japanese sides of the Pacific theatre.
    • Never before have such meticulous colour profiles of the Corsair family been illustrated so accurately, and with such attendant detail.

    The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles to date of aircraft which served in the Pacific theatre. Volume Four focuses on the US Navy, US Marine... Learn More

    Starting at: £31.95

  • Pacific Profiles - Volume Five

    • Never before have such accurate profiles been presented. Past errors are corrected, and many new markings including hokoku (patriotic) Kanji are presented for the first time.
    • The author is world-renown for his expertise in respect to the Japanese aerial war in the Pacific.

    Volume Five of this Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate colour profiles to date of Japanese Navy land based Zero fighters in the "South Seas" theatre: New Guinea, Rabaul and the Solomons.

    Illustrated by unit are abundant examples of the varied markings, tail codes... Learn More

    Starting at: £31.95

  • Pacific Adversaries - Volume Four

    • A factual approach that enables long-standing mysteries to be solved.
    • For each chosen story photographic or other evidence enables accurate depictions of the aircraft involved.

    This Volume Four of Pacific Adversaries conveys detailed stories of aerial warfare in the Solomons theatre, chosen because both Japanese and Allied records can be matched for an accurate accounting. Often the actual outcomes are very different to the exaggerated claims made by both sides as outlined in most traditional histories. In some cases, this factual approach enables long-standing... Learn More

    Starting at: £31.95

  • Nemoto's Travels

    • Michael Claringbould is a globally renown Pacific War author.
    • An entertaining hybrid tale, garishly illustrated yet historically accurate.
    • Its humorous format is guaranteed to tell readers many things about this fascinating period they did not know.

    This is the illustrated diary of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplane pilot Warrant Officer Nemoto Kumesako, dating from the early months of the Pacific War. His recollections offer an intimate perspective into his life, along with insights into Japanese thinking of the times. Unusually, these memoirs are presented in a... Learn More

    Starting at: £28.95

  • The Royal Australian Air Force in South Australia during WWII

    At the start of the Second World War there was no permanent RAAF presence in South Australia, but within just two years there were several facilities housing thousands of personnel and hundreds of aircraft. The bulk of this hurried expansion involved Empire Air Training Scheme facilities and saw some 23,000 South Australians serve locally with the RAAF.

    New air bases were constructed at Port Pirie, Mallala and Mount Gambier while an elementary flying training school was run from Adelaide's existing airport at Parafield. Other large ground training facilities were established... Learn More

    Starting at: £18.95

  • Eagles over Darwin

    In 1942 the air defence of the northern Australian frontier town of Darwin was operated by airmen from the United States.

    That year was very nearly the end of Australia as a country. To those men the present nation owes a debt.

    A massive Japanese attack on Darwin on 19 February had left the town and its air base in ruins. An understrength squadron of USAAC P-40E Warhawks fought a gallant defence but was all but wiped out.

    Northern Australia was now at the mercy of Imperial Japanese Navy Betty bombers and Zero fighters whose crews were both skilled and experienced.... Learn More

    Starting at: £32.95

  • Pacific Profiles - Volume Three

    The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII aircraft profiles to date of Japanese & Allied aircraft in the Pacific theatre.

    Volume Three illustrates, by squadron, USAAF Fifth Air Force A-20 series medium bombers operating in New Guinea from July 1942 to the end of 1944. In this distant theatre, a dozen USAAF A-20 squadrons from the 3rd, 312th and 417th Bombardment Groups, joined by No. 22 Squadron, RAAF, used many variants of the A-20, mainly as strafers. Squadron insignia, camouflage, heraldry, nose-art and command markings varied significantly between squadrons... Learn More

    Starting at: £28.95

  • South Pacific Air War Volume 4

    Volume Four chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific in the critical period between 19 June and 8 September 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the first three volumes that spanned the first six months of the Pacific War, culminating in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

    Unlike the previous three volumes, no aircraft carriers appeared in New Guinea waters. Instead, the air war was fought solely by land-based air units. This was in the face of an increasingly complex strategic situation that saw the Japanese land at both Buna and Milne Bay. For the first time, airpowe... Learn More

    Starting at: £36.95

  • Pacific Profiles - Volume Two

    The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII aircraft profiles to date of Japanese & Allied aircraft in the Pacific theatre.

    Volume Two illustrates, by unit, Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) bomber and other supporting aircraft types operating in New Guinea and the Solomons from December 1942 to April 1944. In this distant theatre many different aircraft types and their variants were assigned to a variety of bomber, reconnaissance, command and transport units which together formed the 4th Air Army. Unit insignia, camouflage and command markings varied considerably from... Learn More

    Starting at: £28.95

  • Operation I-Go

    • Operation I-Go was Admiral Yamamoto's last offensive, using a powerful assembly of hundreds of aircraft that threatened to overwhelm Allied defences in four key South Pacific locations in April 1943

    In early 1943 Japanese forces in the South Pacific had suffered three key strategic setbacks at Guadalcanal, Kokoda and the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. However Japanese strength in the theatre was far from spent, and the commander of the IJN Combined Fleet Admiral Yamamoto sensed an opportunity.

    By temporarily bolstering his air force at Rabaul with carrier-based... Learn More

    Starting at: £29.95

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