Warship 2005

B1297

It is difficult to make an original comment on this highly respected and popular annual on warships. Now under a new editor, John Jordan, the quality and format developed under the late Anthony Preston has been maintained. The mix of authoritative articles on historical subjects with a review of modern developments provides rare coverage of warships as a subject which continues to serve a strong readership. Anyone who has read Warship in past years is probably completely hooked on this annual treat. It will continue to form an essential component of any self-respecting library, public or private. Maritime professionals and enthusiasts will continue to look eagerly forward to each new edition and not be disappointed by the 2005 edition. Model engineers will look through the first class illustration for new subjects to model. In this edition, historical subjects include, British shell defects, post-war British destroyer design, French Treaty Cruisers, the Orel at Tsushima, pumping and drainage design, The Escorteurs Rapides, the last pre-Dreadnought battleships, and the Destroyer Split. This historical section is followed by the excellent review sections that include Navies in Review 2004. There is also a fitting obituary of Anthony Preston who died on Christmas Day 2004 after a long illness that had reduced his prolific output during the last two years. Anthony Preston built an amazing fund of knowledge of a subject that he had unbounded enthusiasm for.

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Warship 2006

B1370

Edited for many years by Anthony Preston, until his death, this is a cult annual publication amongst serious students of naval history and development. The new editor is now well into his stride and the usual selection of notable contributors has been maintained. This edition contains the usual roundup of news and views, providing some new and valuable insights. The selection of historic subjects is well up to standard and contains the surprises for which it has become famous. Cruisers feature strongly this year with coverage of French Treaty Cruisers, post-war RN cruiser design and the projected Russian battle cruisers that were intended to introduce the missile age in that navy. There is an interesting contribution on the RN Castle Class patrol vessel design, but pride of place must go to the article on Japanese high speed submarine design and the article covering Italian plans for their Break-Out Fleet in 1934-40. Photographs and drawings are of excellent quality as usual.

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Warship Boneyard

B1078

Tells the story of the US Navy’s reserve fleet from the laying up of ships like the frigate USS Constitution in 1801 through to the present day to give a greater depth to a subject which is usually covered in essentially pictorial form. That said the Bonners have not neglected the photographic content. The book is illustrated with a fascinating collection of images mainly in colour. Among the more unusual ships covered is America’s first ship of the line USS Independence seen in the early 20th century as a planked over receiving ship. Moving into modern times plenty of cold war warriors are featured including Midway, Ranger and the Iowa class battleships as well as the Garcia class frigates and the minesweeper USS Illusive. This is certainly one of the better books on an increasingly popular subject and is this highly recommended

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Warship 2004

B1261

This edition follows the now well established pattern for this yearbook. Only some 23 pages are devoted to a naval review of 2003-4. There is a book reviews section, but the main body of the book is given to nine authoritative articles on a selection of historical naval topics. The first post war British frigates are covered by George Moore. Colin Jones reviews the histories of RAN ships named Anzac. The remaining seven articles cover pre-1939 topics including the contribution of Armstrong’s to the USN and the Russian Konshtadt Class Battlecruisers. There are always new insights contained in the Warship yearbook and this is no exception.

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Warship 2002-2003

B1230

This Conway annual continues to achieve a high quality of content and production. Inevitably it appeals most strongly to naval enthusiasts and has a constant and loyal core following who eagerly await each new edition. A consequence of high quality is high price although this is relative. Conway have done well to preserve the quality but offer at a price now charged for much less convincing work. The eight specialist contributors are all well established in their particular fields and produce authoritative feature articles. This year subjects from 1882 are covered, providing an intriguing insight into naval history. The review section provides a selection of reviews including Antony Preston’s highly respected Navies In Review covering 2002-2003.

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Warship 2001-2002

B1175

Another in the series of Warship annuals from Conway Maritime. For those readers who already collect Warship, there are no surprises. The format is well established and the standards have been maintained by this edition. For those who have yet to experience Warship, it is a very interesting collection of naval topics from the past, the present and the near future. The contributors are well established specialists in their fields of interest and the annual is edited by Antony Preston. The Feature Articles include some well presented topics including the Australian Colonial Navies, Spain’s Farewell to greatness and Part 2 of the First Class Cruisers trilogy by the late David Topliss, completed and edited by his colleague Chris Ware. The Royal Rumanian Navy 1941-44 is covered, but Warship 2001-2002 Features are dedicated to the period 1850 to 1914.

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Warship 2000 – 2001

B1121

This book has a good mix of in depth profiles including the RN’s final iron clads Nile and Trafalgar, the Russian battleship Retvizan, Swedish steam torpedo boats, and hospital ships of WWI hunted by German U Boats. In the annual review of the world’s navies the new French carrier Charles de Gaulle and the RN’s projected class of Type 45 destroyers are among the main stories. The warship notes take an interesting look back at the contents of the 1901 Brassey’s Naval Annual and a set of images showing the building of the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke class destroyers. The main theme of the warship galley is the US landings at Casablanca harbour on 8th November 1942 although the section ends with an interesting shot of the scuttling of the “wooden wall” implacable in 1949.

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Warship 1999-2000

B1120

This is an interesting mix of in-depth profiles including the origins of the Dunkerque and Strasbourg, the transit of the Lambok Strait by the carrier Victorious in September 1964, The RN’s steam gun boats, Russian armoured cruisers, Brazilian ironclads and the Japanese light cruiser Yubari. There is also a round up of developments among the navies of the world while warship notes covers miscellaneous items of interest including the Melik Society, HMS Cavalier’s display at Chatham and an article on Naval research using the Internet.

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Warriors from the Deep

B1334

This is a history of combat swimmers from the early 20th Century to the 21st. This essentially tells the story of German, French and Italian combat swimmers. The reader may wonder why the book ignores the US and British contribution to combat swimmer development and use, or why the many other countries who maintain these forces have been omitted. The question is asked and answered unconvincingly in the book. The real answer is that every author has to start somewhere and in this case the German, French and Italian forces were used as the basis of the work. That in no way detracts from a book which is now available in an English edition.

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Waffen-SS Handbook

B1304

A well-researched book that can justly claim to be a handbook. After a general historical background in chapter one the book divides naturally in handbook form, addressing each of the key areas of recruitment, training, structure, combat branches, support arms, awards and decorations, equipment, tactics and major personalities. There are two good appendices, glossary, bibliography and index. This book is an excellent introduction to the subject for serious students and enthusiasts of military topics. The illustrations are good and black and white throughout.

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