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Continuing my search through wartime pulp magazines...

Henry Gade, Heroes Die Hard, published in Fantastic Adventures, December 1943

United States (Coast Guard)

USCGC Bertram
'Cutter' class not specified
No other details provided

USCGC Wallace
'Cutter' class not specified
No other details provided

United Kingdom

HMS Hampstead

Banff Class Sloop
Details as per the real ships
Note: The author refers to this ship as a 'Cutter'. The Banff Class Sloops were Lake Class Coast Guard Cutters transferred to the Royal Navy in 1941 under 'Lend Lease'.

Plot summary: 'You will fight until you are killed. When you are killed you will fight on with your spirit.' Attributed to General Sato, commander Japanese 31st Infantry Division at the Battle of Kohima.
 

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From an anthology of action stories aimed at younger readers...

Walter Havinghurst, Suicide Ship, published in Stand By For Adventure: Six Stories of Action, William H. Larson (ed.), 1967

United Kingdom

HMS Pentland Firth
Armed Merchant Cruiser
Armament details as per the real ships of this type (Most likely 8 x 6 inch guns mounted 4 a side.)
No other details provided.

Germany

Schwartzwald
Scharnhorst Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Author's Description: "...a battleship, with tripod mast, a powerful curved wake and bristling turrets. The pictures in the naval manual leaped to his mind - "Schwartzwald" - the long low hull, the flaring bows, the severe raked superstructure."
Note: Class assignment is based on the authors description which best fits the Scharnhorst Class (Including an 11inch main battery.) rather than any other ship in German service during WWII. The English translation of the name can be rendered as either 'Blackwood' or 'Black Forrest', with the latter being the more likely.

Plot summary: It is the early years of WWII (The Americans have not entered the war and so it has to be set before the 7th of December 1941.). An British convoy comes under attack by German battleship and is defended by the escorting Armed Merchant Cruiser, an unequal contest.

Note: There were two naval actions where RN Armed Merchant Cruisers took on German warships in the early part of WWII, HMS Rawalpindi vs Scharnhorst & Gneisenau (23rd November, 1939) and HMS Jervis Bay vs Admiral Scheer (5th November, 1940). The 1941 short story covered in this post appears to be based on the action of the 5th November, 1940, but the ship the Armed Merchant Cruiser faces is clearly based on the German ships that took part in the action of the 23rd November, 1939.
 

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Douglas Reeman, Torpedo Run, 1981

United Kingdom

'Parthian' Force

'Merlin'
Vosper Type II MTB
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Flotilla leader

'Harrier'
Vosper Type II MTB
Details as per the real ships.

'Buzzard'
Vosper Type II MTB
Details as per the real ships.

'Osprey'
Vosper Type II MTB
Details as per the real ships.

'Kestrel'
Vosper Type II MTB
Details as per the real ships.

Note: Note it is stated that the pennant numbers have been removed from all five MTBs that make up this force, each is given the code name of a bird-of-prey. All ships are described as being newly built and the crews specially chosen for this mission. Class has been determined based on armament description and the fact that the length described fits the Vosper Type II.

Russia

Various 'Unnamed' warships

Germany

Potsdam
S-Boat Depot Ship (Converted merchant ship)
Displacement: 20,000 tons
Former Cargo liner on the Hamburg - South America routes.
No other details provided
Note: Exactly how a German ship this size made it into the Black Sea after the outbreak of WWII is never explained.

Unnamed
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Captured by the British and taken into service under the code name 'Trojan'

Unnamed
Several S-Boats
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Two Destroyers
No other details provided
Note: The author has the characters identify them as 'German' however it is more likely that these are Romanian ships, as the chances of the Germans or Italians getting ships of this size into the Black Sea was virtually nil at the time. The heaviest ships of the Bulgarian navy during WWII were torpedo boats.

Plot summary: The year is 1943 (Exact dates are not given but Operation Husky (9th July to 17th August, 1943) takes place partway through the story. The Soviet invasion of the Crimea which took place in November 1943 occurs near the end of the novel.), the British seeking to assist the Russians in mounting a credible threat to the Crimean peninsula dispatch a five ship flotilla of MTBs to assist the Black Sea Fleet in their operations. Initial success brings retaliation, with the Germans sending in their most effective and ruthless officer at the head of Gruppe Seeadler, a hand picked S-Boat force. What began as a struggle between nations starts to take on the characteristics of a private little war...
Just a point on this one- the British boats are British Power Boat 72' MTBs, a later version of the earlier MGB. I have read that one five time- my favorite Reeman.

The "Vosper Type II" reference is perhaps a fictional designation for the Vosper 73' MTB thanks to a certain game designation ;)


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Just a point on this one- the British boats are British Power Boat 72' MTBs, a later version of the earlier MGB. I have read that one five time- my favorite Reeman.

The "Vosper Type II" reference is perhaps a fictional designation for the Vosper 73' MTB thanks to a certain game designation ;)


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Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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Another in the irregular 'Non-State' series...

Terence J. Quinn, The Scoop, 2018

Indonesia

KRI Viper
'Patrol Boat', class not specified
Length: 40m
Armament: Typical as for warships of this type.
No other details provided.

Non-State

Crimson Tide
Armed Trawler
Length: 28m ( ft)
Hull: Wood
Engines: 1 x Scania Turbocharged Diesel (Exact horsepower unspecified)
Electronics: "...radar, sonar and GPS..."
Crew: 13
Armament: Small arms, described as "...automatic weapons and rocket launchers..."

Operated by an Indonesian criminal named BamBam 'BangBang' Buidman and his gang on behalf of an unnamed Chinese Triad.

Plot summary: A yachtsman stumbles across the aftermath of an Indonesian pirate attack and escapes with more than just the survivor...
 
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Dale Brown, Tiger's Claw, 2012

United States

All US Naval and Coastguard vessels mentioned in the novel are real.

China (People's Republic)

Baohùzhe
'Cruiser', class not specified
Carries at least one helicopter of unspecified type.
No other details provided

Jiujiang
'Frigate', class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Appears in a characters backstory which references the events of the 1994 set novel 'Sky Masters' (1991).

Zhenyuan (ex-Varyag, ex-Ayatolla Ruholla Khomeini, ex-Mao Zedong)
Liaoning Class (Kuznetzov (Pr.1143.5 Class)) Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Has undergone an extensive overhaul since the events of 'Fatal Terrain' (1997) (The novel was set between May/June 1997). The originally fitted engines and electronics have been replaced with newer equivalents. The armament now includes a weapons system code-named 'Wushen Leiting' (Eng: Silent Thunder), described in the novel as "an experimental high-power microwave weapon... that temporarily cripples electronic signals". This is similar to what the 'laser' in the 1977 graphic novel 'Biggles and the Sargasso Triangle', covered earlier in the thread is capable of.

Zeng He (ex-Sao Paulo, ex-Foch)
Clemencau Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service
Note: The Chinese have thoroughly updated the carriers electronics since purchase from Brazil.

Tongyi (ex-Principe de Asturias)
Principe de Asturias Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In 2012 it was announced the ship was going to be decommissioned in 2013, several countries expressed interest in purchasing the ship which was eventually sold to a Turkish scrapyard in 2017. In the novel the ship has been purchased by China and converted into a Helicopter Assault Carrier, at the time the story is set it is not yet operational.

Note on Chinese Carriers

In the novels 'Dreamland: Piranha' (2003) and 'Dreamland: End Game' (2006) both of which are set in the 1990s (Between 1997 & 1998), shortly after the events of 'Fatal Terrain' (1997) (Which is set between the months of May and July 1997), the previous novel covering a large scale confrontation between the US and China, the Chinese are depicted operating aircraft carriers other than the ones mentioned in this novel. However these stories appear to have been completely ignored as the novel depicts the Chinese as only having one carrier and they are buying more from overseas to build up their forces. This is interesting because the 'Dreamland' series is set in the same fictional universe.

China (Republic Of)

Fùchóu Zhe (Ex-?)
Type 800 (Dolphin Class) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Stated to have been sold to Taiwan by Israel. It's former Israeli identity is never revealed.

Vietnam

Cá mâp (HQ-013)
Gepard (Pr.1166.1) Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: Russian design, licence built in Vietnam. The pennant number is that of a Petya (Pr. 159) Class Frigate still in service.

Russia

Vladimir Putin
Aircraft Carrier (CVN), class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 2014, political instability in China leads to the ascension of a leader who decides military adventurism will re-unify the country behind his lead.

Note: By this point in the series Dale Brown's 'Universe' is starting to diverge sharply from the real world from which it draws inspiration, an earlier novel features a Russian surprise attack on the United States which while unsuccessful causes sufficient damage to tempt China into making aggressive moves in the Pacific.
 

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Another product of my search through old pulp magazines.

Gordon Carroll, Dover Crossing, published in Adventure Magazine, April 1932

United Kingdom

HMS Clive
'Destroyer', class not specified
Built: 1899 (Not clear if this means launched or commissioned.)
Speed: 30 knots (Highest speed mentioned in story.)
Armament includes an Anti-Aircraft 'Pom-pom' gun (40mm QF 2-pounder Mk.II) on a platform aft of the wheelhouse. Also referenced without specifics torpedoes and other guns.

Unnamed
Several Destroyers.

Germany

G.91
V25 Class Torpedo Boat
Real ship, details as in service.
Note (Spoiler): In the short story, this ship sinks after being rammed by HMS Clive in a night action. In real life the ship survived the war and was scuttled post war at Scapa Flow.

Unnamed
2 x V25 Class Torpedo Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1916, one night a destroyer preparing to join a cross channel escort group is instead asked to transport an army officer and a large number of trunks across the channel.

Note (Spoiler): As with Erskine Childers, 'The Riddle of the Sands' (1903), the unnamed officer is implied to be a very high ranking individual indeed. Identified only as a 'Field Marshal' the most likely candidate is Herbert Kitchener, which given the story also does not reference Jutland (31 May/1 June 1916) places events as taking place before his death on the 5th of June 1916 and thus has to be set between January and May of that year. George Haig, did not attain the rank of Field Marshal until the 1st of January 1917.
 
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Some more pulp action, this time dating from WWI...

Frederick William Wallace, Some Fishing, published in Adventure Magazine, August 1916

Canada

Leona T. Himmelman
Fishing Schooner
Displacement: 95 tons
Armament: 2 x Double Barreled shotguns, 1 x Winchester .30-30 & 1 x Snider-Enfield Rifle
Crew: 19
Note: A civilian vessel, general details as per typical members of this type of ship operating of the Canadian coast during WWI.

Unnamed
'Destroyer', class not specified
Three funnels
No other details provided

Germany

Juno
Cod Fishing Schooner (Covert Supply Ship)
Rig: Three Masted Topsail Schooner
Fitted with an Auxiliary Engine
Armament: Small Arms
Details same as per typical vessels of this type during WWI.
Note: The crew claim to be based out of Fécamp in Normandy.

Unnamed
U-Boat
No other details provided

Plot summary: During WWI Canadian fishermen stumble across a rendezvous between a German U-Boat and a covert supply ship off the Canadian coast and resolve to do whatever it takes to teach the scoundrels a lesson.
 

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Continuing my survey of naval themed stories in the pulp magazine 'Adventure'...

George Bruce, Blow All Tanks, published in Adventure Magazine, December 1934

United States

USS Saratoga (CV-3)
Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Snark (V-21)
Barracuda Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author has the character give the name as "...Cuttlefish or Snark or something...", editorial discretion has been used. The 'V-Boats' were a group of nine experimental
submarines (V-1 to V-9) constructed between 1921 and 1934. The author gives dimensional details that match that of the Barracuda Class, the class name given to the first three submarines constructed during the program. The name USS Cuttlefish was that of one of the two members of the Catchalot Class, the last two 'V-Boats' constructed.

Plot summary: A routine 'fleet problem' turns into a struggle for survival.
 

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Lightning in the Night by Fred Allhof 1940

United Greater German Reich

KMS Himmler, former British King George V-class battleship hat where under construction by the United Kingdom where taken over by the United Greater German Reich and completed for service with the United Greater German Reich Kriegsmarine.

KMS Admiral Reader, a heavy cruiser.

Soviet Union

Tretij Internacional, a battleship.

United States

USS Virginia, a 40,000 ton battleship and flagship of the United States Pacific Fleet.
 

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Lightning in the Night by Fred Allhof 1940
Plot summary, please?
Its based on 12 episodes written by Fred Allhof between August 24th to 16th November 1940 in the Liberty magazine and later bundled into a book which was published in the 1970s, the introduction in the book begin as follows:

On June 10, 1939, Liberty publisher, Bernar Macfadded, stated in a editorial that there would be "no war for a year,maybe five years" with Germany, thus Allhof own World War II does not begin until 1945, based on three quite logical premises: first, that Hitler would never gamble on a two front war and thus would honor the nonaggression pact with Stalin, Second, that both Germany and Japan would settle down to assimilating their conquered territories, preferring to extend their power by diplomatic coups and international blackmail. And third, that with European war at a standstill, America would slow her own rearmament efforts and retreat to an isolation position.

I even tried to make a Timeline out of it from 1940 to Augusts 1st 1945 when the Germans begin their invasion of the East coat of the United States and the Japanese-Soviets launch a invasion of the West coast.

Lightning in the Night timeline
 
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