From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 5, Victory and Aftermath 1918-1919

B2050

What was not understood at the time was that the Second World War began in 1919 as the Treaty of Versailles forced Germany into unbearable humiliation. When war again resumed, the Royal Navy survived and triumphed on the lessons learned during WWI
This is a valuable reference work that reads easily and will satisfy the most committed enthusiast of naval history. By reprinting this work in paperback, the publisher has done a great service to the understanding of a very important period of history. History is no longer written on such an epic scale as publishers and authors pander to the attention deficit suffered today by many readers. This is such a shame, but works such as these provide a beacon for future authors and those who create historical works in new media.

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From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 4, 1917 Year of Crisis

B2049

In Volume Four, the author continues his immaculate study of the Royal Navy into the |German attempt to cut the sea routes between Britain and North America, using U-Boats. Again, he covers all aspects, political, financial, military and operational, of this critical period of history that has done so much to shape the period that followed it.

This is a valuable reference work that reads easily and will satisfy the most committed enthusiast of naval history. By reprinting this work in paperback, the publisher has done a great service to the understanding of a very important period of history.

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From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 3, Jutland and After May to December 1916

B2048

This American author died in 1980 and during his career wrote some fifteen major works on Royal Navy history. His set of five volumes “From Dreadnought to Scapa Flow” made a major contribution to naval history. Volume Three has been reprinted and contains some illustration in the body of the book, but is primarily a text monologue. See also reviews for Volumes One to Five in this reviews database.

The author offers some great insights into the Royal Navy of its time, the politicians, the technology, the tactics and the changing threats. Arguably this can only be achieved from someone looking in from the outside.

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Sparta at War, Strategy, Tactics, and Campaigns, 550-362 BC

B2047

Sparta has such a legend of invincibility, it may come as a major surprise to learn that this unique society rose and fell, then unsuccessfully attempting to rise again. The author has very capably described the process, providing a detailed analysis and vivid descriptions.

A rewarding read.

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Images of War, Stilwell and the Chindits, The Allied Campaign in Northern Burma 1943-1944

B2046

The author has provided concise text with an outstanding selection of images to tell the story of the Allied fight back that was to end in the Japanese forces surrendering.

All Allied forces operating in the area battled on against heavy odds in anonymity as the Forgotten Army and this book provides a worthy epitaph to the legendary Chindits and Marauders. A largely unknown story told well and impeccably illustrated.

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Scottish Steam, a Celebration

B2045

Steam railways and scenic photography in full colour are two of the most popular book contents. This book combines a carefully researched review of the contribution of Scottish rail to the opening up of Great Britain with some stunning scenic shots of rail in Scotland. That should ensure the popularity of the book and add to the pool of knowledge about the development of rail and its importance to the economic development of Great Britain.

There is not much more than need be said in review. The author is widely published and acknowledged as one of the specialists in rail transport. The book demonstrates his passion and vast knowledge of the subject. No rail enthusiast will wish to be without a copy of this excellent book, but the readership may be significantly wider because of the elements of social and technical importance, and the outstanding photography.

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Book Review – Beware Raiders!, German Surface Raiders in the Second World War

B2032

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The Germans enjoyed some success with their commerce raiders during WWII. Many were already at sea when war was formally declared and most of the supply vessels were already on station. The Royal Navy was to hunt down both raiders and their supply ships with some managing to flee back to German ports. The author has taken two types of German commerce raider, and their respective Captains, as an example of the raider fleet. He has written well and the book is an exciting and provoking view of the vessels concerned. This will be a must of all naval history enthusiasts but it is also ideal for the younger reader and those on their way to becoming enthusiasts of the genre.

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Napoleon on Campaign, Classic Images of Napoleon at War

B2031

This book has been beautifully produced on gloss paper. It contains a fine selection of reproduced paintings in full colour and comprises a painting on each right facing page and a text panel on the left facing page. Each panel includes the title of the painting, the artist, and a description of the scene.

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Beware Raiders!, German Surface Raiders in the Second World War

B2032

The Germans enjoyed some success with their commerce raiders during WWII. Many were already at sea when war was formally declared and most of the supply vessels were already on station. The Royal Navy was to hunt down both raiders and their supply ships with some managing to flee back to German ports. The author has taken two types of German commerce raider, and their respective Captains, as an example of the raider fleet. He has written well and the book is an exciting and provoking view of the vessels concerned. This will be a must of all naval history enthusiasts but it is also ideal for the younger reader and those on their way to becoming enthusiasts of the genre.

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Cold War Command, The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner

B2030

The co-authors have served as RN Captains and they take the reader through the career of Capt Conley from conventional open cycle diesel electric submarines to his transition to the true submarine in the form of the nuclear powered vessel that is able to remain submerged for very long periods. This is a very important book because it discloses information not previously in the public domain, charting the use of nuclear submarines through the Cold War. This is a gripping story, told well and evocatively. It takes the reader into the heart of one of the most potent weapons systems ever built and provides an exciting feeling of being there with the crews.

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