naval history

  1. Seaweed

    Before the Ironclad

    This is the profusely illustrated, beautifully produced and very detailed story of British warship design and construction 1815-1860, from the sailing Wooden Wall to the Ironclad with its steam reciprocating engine and screw propulsion. The author, David K Brown (1928-2008), spent many years in...
  2. Seaweed

    The Great War at Sea

    Subtitled ‘A Naval Atlas 1914 - 1919’ this book is just that. It is absolutely beautifully produced - well done, Seaforth - and carries an introduction by Andrew Lambert that summarises the naval part of the conflict. This alone is a masterly analysis and exposition of sea power, emphasising the...
  3. Seaweed

    ‘In Which They Served’ (Conway, 2008)

    By the end of WW2 only 15% of Royal Navy officers were regulars. Initially numbers were made up from the RNR - officers with Merchant Service qualifications - and the pre-war RNVR, volunteers who like the RNR had periodic training attachments to the RN. The RNR provided a number of commanding...
  4. Seaweed

    Merchant Sailors at War 1943-45 by Philip Kaplan

    The author is American and has produced a large number of books about the Second World War, particularly about the war at sea. This offering does not just depict the MN; in showing the conditions and environment in which the merchant sailors served, the sea and the escorts feature strongly, and...
  5. Seaweed

    From the Dardanelles to Oran by Arthur J Marder

    This book is essentially a welcome reprint of a set of five separate monographs, originally published in 1974, on: - The Dardanelles (‘revisited’). Marder, having access to previously unavailable sources, re-analyses this campaign and revises his verdicts as given in ‘From the Dreadnought to...
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    In Nelson’s Wake by James Davey

    (this book will be publicly released October 2015) ‘[The Royal Navy is] the real force and bulwark of England’ (Napoleon, to his surgeon on St Helena) Davey’s book describes the activity of the Royal Navy from the collapse of the Peace of Amiens in 1803 to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. It is...
  7. tiddlyoggy

    HMS Bellerophon by Colin A. Pengelly

    One for the purists here, the detail goes quite deep (right down to individual log entries), but if you're a bit of ship spotter it is a good read. The Napoleonic era is my favourite period from history so there was added appeal for me; this book tell of the life of the Bellerophon. The...
  8. Seaweed

    The Coward? by Steve Dunn

    Steve Dunn, businessman turned naval historian, here presents the first-ever biography of Admiral Sir Ernest Troubridge, the man universally blamed, after the event, for the escape of the German warships Goeben and Breslau to Constantinople in 1914. The political, social and family aspects of...
  9. Seaweed

    The Scapegoat by Steve Dunn

    Rear Admiral Sir Christopher (Kit) Cradock lost his life at the battle of Coronel on 1st November 1914. Steve Dunn, a businessman turned naval historian, seeks to explore Cradock’s character and thus to explain the decisions that led to the loss of so many of our ships and men in that...
  10. (granny)

    H.R.N.S.AVEROF by John Carr

    Built in Livorno in 1910 the 10,000 ton RHNS Averof (pronounced Av-AIR- Off) was the Flagship, and by far the biggest warship, of the Royal Hellenic Navy until 1951. To this day she is still afloat and one of the few armoured cruisers still in existence in the world. Since 1984, when she was...
  11. Subsunk

    Cold War Command –the Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner by Captain Richard Woodman MN a

    To a submariner who joined up after the Cold War ended, the era evokes a time when submariners were the kings, and were the front line. It is always sobering and instructive to be reminded of the tensions that lay beneath the smooth Tom Clancy-like image of cold, calculated professionalism and...
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    They Gave Me A Seafire by Mike Crosley DSC*

    .. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee .. Ps.91 v 7 The late Mike Crosley has the distinction of being not just a bold pilot but surviving to become an old one. He joined the Fleet Air Arm from the police on what was to become...
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