Boats & Ships/Submarines

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  • Commander Crabb


    Commander Crabb was undoubtedly the most famous British frogman of WWII, being a pioneer in the development of this branch of underwater warfare, and leaning much from the technology and tactics used by his Italian counterparts. Ironically, he was later to work with them clearing Italian ports of obstructions and unexploded weapons as the Allies gradually occupied the country.

  • Hard lying – The birth of the Destroyer 1893-1913


    The ubiqitous destroyer, the Navys maid of all work, is so familiar, so distinctive among small ships, that it suprising how confusing are its origins.

  • Midget Submarines


    Fotofax Warships series, an account of the development and use of the human torpedoes, semi-submersible and midget submarines mainly in WW2 but including some of the developments that took place in 1918,

  • Nelsons Mediterranean Command


    In 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte, who was all but Master of Europe, assembled a formidable expeditionary force at Toulon. While its purpose was unknown there was every reason to believe that Great Britain was its destination and the Nation was on invasion alert. The overwhelming British priority was for a fleet to be assembled and sent to the Mediterranean to destroy this threat before the French force could set sail.

  • Nuclear Powered Submarines (Warships Illustrated No5)


    Shows Russian, American, and European nuclear submarines, provides information on each ship, and depicts life aboard a modern submarine

  • Observer’s Directory of Royal Naval Submarines 1901-1982


    Details of every submarine commissioned into the Royal Navy from the first Holland boat launched in 1901 to the Trafalgar Class, the name boat of which is now fitting out the trails in 1983. Although intended as a directory, the book provides a complete illustrated history of the development of submarine design and armament over 80 years.

  • Submarine – Jonathan Crane


    Submarines are the most formidable ships of the Royal Navy today. Traditionally, the world of submarines and submariners has been firmly closed to outsiders, partly because of the secret nature of submarine operations, but partly because such inscrutability serves to heighten the Submarine Service’s elite reputation. For the BBC TV series Submarine producer Jonathan Crane spent one year negotiating with the Royal Navy before gaining unprecedented access to this unknown world. With a small film crew he spent many weeks on different types of British submarines during a variety of genuine operations.

  • Submarine Boats -The beginnings of underwater warfare – Richard Compton-Hall


    Offers a detailed and well illustrated history of the early years of submarine development, a period which saw several weird & wonderful inventions as well as the submarines developed & turned into a deadly weapon of war

  • Submarine Boats – The Beginnings of Underwater Warfare


    Submarine boats illustrates with a spectacular collection of early photographs from the archive of the Submarine Museum. Black and white illustrations throughout.

  • Submarine Command – A Pictorial History


    This highly illustrated companion volume to the author’s book on the Fleet Air Arm traces the remarkable evolution of the vessels that revolutionized naval warfare, from the launch of the tiny Holland submarine in 1902 to the ‘Hunter Killer’ and Polaris submarines of today, which have a key role to play under Submarine Command in modern naval warfare and global strategy. The author describes the deployment of vessels in the First and Second World Wars and many of the engagements and extraordinary feats associated with the early years of the Command.

  • Submarine Warfar Today and Tomorrow


    Cold War-era assessment of the Soviet nuclear submarine threat and how and if Britain could compete.

  • Submarine Warfare Today – The Worlds deadliest underwater weapons systems


    Submarines have played a vital role in naval warfare since World War I, and with the decision to place nuclear warheads in ballistic missiles in the 1950s, the submarine was thrust into the forefront of international strategy and defense. Today, the nuclear deterrents of the globe’s major military powers are either wholly or largely submerged beneath the ocean.

  • Submarines of World War 2


    Submarines of World War Two provides, for the first time in one fully-illustrated volume, accurate and comprehensive details of the 2,500 submarines of all nations that accounted for the sinking of more than 23 million tons of merchant shipping between 1939 and 1945. With over 500 photographs and line drawings, it presents an unrivaled encyclopedia of one of the great decisive weapons of the twentieth century

  • The Battle Of Trafalgar – Geoffrey Bennett


    Captain Bennett was, for many years, a serving officer in the Royal Navy as well as being one of the most highly regarded naval historians of his time. He sets the battle in the context of the world-wide struggle against Napoleon, describes the Ships, their Crews and the ‘Fighting Sail’ and Tactics of the action. In his scholarly but immensely readable account of the battle he discusses the preparatory manoeuvres and the mechanics of naval warfare, as well as the specific action of the Battle of Trafalgar, in the age of sail.

  • The British Submarine


    This authoritative study, summarises the history, achievements. and traditions, and traces the technical development of the British submarine service from its formation until the 1970s. British submarine operations in WW2 are very well covered. A chronological table – with technical data – lists every class of British submarine from 1901 to 1973.

  • The First Submarines – The Beginnings of Underwater Warfare


    This witty and perceptive account of the early years of submarine development contains much new material and the lives of the forgotten pioneers of submarines. It includes many wonderful inventions and even more colourful inventors, but focuses primarily on John Philip Holland, the Irish-American genius who took submarine development out of the hands of lunatics and visionaries and turned it into a deadly weapon of war.

  • The Illustrated History of the Submarine


    Contains subjects covering the wishful enterprise – A Glimmer of Success – The birth of the Modern Submarine – The first reckoning – War against Commerce – Between the Wars – The Battle of the Atlantic – The Battle of the Mediterranean – The Battle of the Pacific – The most formidable weapon.

  • The Royal Navy in Old Photographs


    A collection of 190 old photographs, with informative captions, illustrating the ships and personnel of the Royal Navy from 1849-1914.

  • The Royal Navy Submarine Service – A Centennial History


    Account of the Royal Navy’s submarines throughout their first 100 years of operations. Includes important technical developments and specification tables, analysis of single submarines or a whole class of craft, notable actions, important individuals and more unusual events are all examined in detail. The book gives a chronological, class-by-class analysis of all British subamrine classes.

  • Very Ordinary Officer – The Social and Naval story of a yorkshire born Australian


    This book offers a rare view of working class life in the nineteen thirties and forties, and entry into the very different world of Royal Navys Wardrooms.