naval history

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    Nelson's Right Hand Man by EJ Hounslow

    This is a biography of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle GCB, 1765-1819, an important contributor to Nelson's success against Napoleon. We have Fremantle the sailor, well drawn, with vivid accounts of his major fights - Santa Cruz in Tenerife, Copenhagen and Trafalgar, well supported...
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    Battleships of the World (1820-1945) by John Fidler

    140 pages is not a lot for an account of the development of the battleship, particularly as about half the content is illustrations – but these are not to be grudged, as they are excellently selected and informative. Indeed they are the redeeming feature of this short work, bringing to us many...
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    The Wager Disaster by Rear Admiral CH Layman

    In September 1740 Commodore George Anson set off from England with five other warships and two supply ships and 1854 men (many actually unfit for any service, let alone what they were actually to experience), ordered to round the Horn and attack the Spanish on the west coast of the Americas...
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    British Warship Recognition Vol.II by Richard Perkins

    This is the second of eight volumes of facsimiles of elegant water-coloured line drawings of British naval vessels from Victorian times to 1939. Each is annotated in manuscript with sketches of various detailed changes to appearance over successive refits such as funnel cowls. Volume I, covering...
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    British Warship Recognition Vol.I by Richard Perkins

    This is one of the most remarkable books to come my way for a long time. It is the first of eight volumes of facsimiles of elegant water-coloured line drawings of British naval vessels from Victorian times to 1939. Each is annotated in manuscript and is often adumbrated with sketches of various...
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    That Hamilton Woman

    This is a short biography of Emma Hamilton, successively blacksmith's daughter, teenage tart, stripper, actress, concubine and muse, Charles Greville's Eliza Doolittle after she had passed to him from Sir Harry Featherstonaugh of Uppark, and she then effectively sold by Greville to his...
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    Operation Menace by Arthur J Marder

    This is a very welcome Seaforth 2016 paperback reprint of Professor Marder's 1976 original on the disastrous 1940 Dakar expedition. Following the Fall of France, the consequences of Germany acquiring Dakar as a U-boat base would have been dire. Prompted by de Gaulle's delusional ideas as to the...
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    Death at Dawn by Alf R Jacobsen

    This is the story of how the German invasion of Norway came to be, with, as its climax, the 1st Battle of Narvik on 10th April 1940 in which Captain Warburton-Lee in HMS Hardy (he and she lost in the action, he posthumously awarded the first VC of the War), with four other H-class destroyers, in...
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    Monitors of the Royal Navy: How the Fleet brought the Great Guns to Bear by Jim Crossley

    Monitor warships were strange platforms. They traced their descent to ‘Bomb Ketches’ of the 17th Century, which were little more than Mortars carried to sea, with unusually high angles of firing trajectory that could lob something unpleasant over the walls of a besieged port, rather than trying...
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    Blockade by Steve Dunn

    Held in the West by vast Allied sacrifice on land, but with Russia collapsed in the East, what finally brought Germany to her knees in 1918, her navy to mutiny and her army to defeat was shortage and starvation resulting from four years of blockade by the Royal Navy’s Northern Patrol. This is...
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    SSN 14 by Ryan Ramsey

    This is the story of Ramsey’s tour in command of the nuclear attack submarine HMS Turbulent 2008-2011, ultimately taking her via the coast of Libya to months of surveillance duty in the Indian Ocean and its associated waters. Still in service past her sell-by date because of the Government’s...
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    Karl Doenitz & the Last Days of the Third Reich by Barry Turner

    Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce has contributed a Foreword. He seems to see Doenitz as just another submariner like himself. I think the gyro of his moral compass must have toppled. How he can use the word ‘humanitarian’ in the Doenitz context I fail to see. Doenitz was slavishly loyal to, and...
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    The Jutland Scandal by Admirals Harper and Bacon

    Introduced and explained by John Grehan, this is a reprint of two books, now gathered into in one volume: 1. ‘The Truth about Jutland’, by Rear Admiral JET Harper, 1927 (90pp) and 2. ‘The Jutland Scandal’ by Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon, 1933 (145pp). Harper, then a Captain, was tasked in 1919...
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    Jutland - the Unfinished Battle by Nicholas Jellicoe

    The author is the grandson of the victor of Jutland. He is the projector of the Jutland Centenary website http://www.jutland1916.com/ and has put a huge amount of work into the Centenary including this book, although he is neither a professional historian nor author, which means he deserves...
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    Jutland, the Naval Staff Appreciation ed. William Schliehauf

    The first official account of Jutland was prepared by Captain JET Harper in 1919. This was suppressed by Beatty following Harper’s objections to Beatty’s requirement for self-serving alterations. In November 1920 a new official Admiralty ‘Appreciation’ was commissioned from Captain Kenneth Dewar...
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    P/M940872 Chronicle of a Cold War Eavesdropper by John Bishop

    John Bishop was one of the few hundred young men specially selected post-war by the Royal Navy to do their National Service as Coders (Special), a group trained as Russian linguists and employed in northern Germany to listen to Soviet radio circuits. His reminiscences here take the form of a...
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    Churchill’s Greatest Fear by Richard Doherty

    This is a one-volume history of the Battle of the Atlantic. The author is a prolific and established military historian; this appears to be his first treatment of a naval subject. It is written from a Command perspective and provides an economical narrative covering a very complex subject. It...
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    Very Special Ships by Arthur Nicholson

    This is the story of the six Abdiel class minelayers of WW2. They were indeed ‘special’ as they were, apart from the unsatisfactory HMS Adventure of 1927, the only purpose-built fast minelayers the RN ever had, in size half way between a cruiser and a destroyer of WW2 vintage. Elegant and very...
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    British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II, volume II by Malcolm Wright

    Warship camouflage goes back to the First World War as a means of concealing identity, heading and speed, and confusing an enemy range taker. Here Malcolm Wright takes us through the schemes used in World War Two and explains how they varied by station according to climate; fog demands one...
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    Total Germany by David Wragg

    This is a history of the Royal Navy (with, necessarily, something of their opponents and allies) in the Second World War for the general reader, apparently compiled from published sources, and written in a style suited to that readership with appropriate explanation for the non-expert. There has...
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