This is the latest release in a unique series of recognition books. The author was a photographer, artist, and leading expert in warship recognition, charting British warships from the 1860s to 1939 . – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: British Warship Recognition, Perkins Identification Albums, Volume VII: Convoy Escorts, Mine Warfare Vessels and Naval Auxiliaries 1860-1939 FILE: R2761 AUTHOR: Richard Perkins PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 256 PRICE: £70.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Convoy Escorts, Mine Warfare Vessels, Naval Auxiliaries, 1860-1939, Royal Navy, warship recognition, technology, design, development
IMAGE: B2761.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y7xcllux LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is the latest release in a unique series of recognition books. The author was a photographer, artist, and leading expert in warship recognition, charting British warships from the 1860s to 1939 . - Most Highly Recommended The publishers have produced stunning volumes in this series as facsimiles of the unique collection held by the British National Maritime Museum. Previously, the originals provided a special source of information for museum staff. Thanks to co-operation between the NMC and the publisher, this very rare source of information is available to professionals and enthusiasts. Inevitably, a large book of images of this quality has to result in a substantial cover price above average popular book values. However, the publisher has achieved a very aggressive cover price without compromise of quality and, in line with Pen & Sword practice, the special early purchase discounts will make this even more affordable. This is one of those books where readers should make every effort to buy their own copy because lending libraries are facing savage funding cuts and closures. Perkins was primarily a photographer who built up a massive collection of warship images through his working life. There have been several conflicting opinions about his motives for undertaking this massive work of eight volumes but we should be grateful that he did. There is no other work to compare. The quality of images is outstanding and the attention to detail equally exemplary. Individual vessels within a class usually have some unique characteristics and these are carefully detailed. Vessels also go through refits that sometimes change the appearance as the vessel is modified to meet new threats or embark new technology. Perkins has followed these changes faithfully. There is integrity in the authors work that is noticeable in this volume. Minor warships and support vessels are built in much greater numbers than major warships and they are often modified locally. This volume has some blank spaces for warships that the author had not photographed or obtained authentic images from other sources. Differences were probably very small and may not have been visible, but Perkins has not guessed. If he could not check, but knew that the vessel had been built and entered service, he did not try to guess what it looked like. This volume covers those minor vessels that were built in large numbers, many performing mundane but vital work. Convoy escorts were to play a critical role in ensuring that Britain could run convoys during wartime. The huge minefields that were sown during WWI and WWII required mine warfare vessels, both to clear paths for convoys and destroy rogue mines that had broken from their moorings. T here was also a host of Naval Auxiliaries around the world, performing a host of roles in a wide range of vessel sizes. The author has provided the detail of this largely unknown essential fleet Professionals and naval enthusiasts will find this an important and informative source of information that is available nowhere else. It will be an absorbing source for those developing an interest in the subject and it provides a unique visualization of the developing naval technology from 1860 to the outbreak of WWII. Such a great pity that library services are being curtailed because this is how many readers accessed books of this form. A case of beg, borrow, steal, or sell your granny to get your own copy.