Navies/Royal Navy

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  • 1797 Nelson’s Year of Destiny


    It was at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent on 14 February 1797, when the Royal Navy won a great victory over the Spanish, that Nelson first came to public fame. Five months later in the attack on Santa Cruz on 22-25 July he suffered a bloody defeat at the hands of the Spanish and lost an arm. These two events, one a success the other a humiliating failure, played a key role in shaping Nelson’s character and style as a leader. Taken together they mark a significant turning point in his life.In this new and provocative work, Colin White has drawn together previously untapped contemporary sources, and recently published Spanish research, into an enthralling narrative account that places the two battles in their strategic and political contexts. He challenges some aspects of the familiar story and offers some answers to questions that have long perplexed historians: when Nelson left the line of battle at Cape St Vincent was he acting contrary to his admiral’s orders? Why did he risk his life so carelessly in the boat action off Cadiz? Why did he order the disastrous second attack at Tenerife? And why did his arm take so long to heal after its amputation?The conclusion is that the traditional British accounts of both battles need careful reassessment and that the time has come to review Nelson’s whole career in the light of the new material that is emerging. More than forty carefully selected illustrations drawn mainly from the Royal Naval Museum collections support the authoritative text, together with a set of six new plans for both battles.

  • A Companion to the Royal Navy


    Covers the development of Navy for over three centuries until the present day in 1988. its background, names and badges of ships, naval battles and battle honours, an excellent chronology.

  • Action Stations


    Rear Admiral Thursfield records the Royal Navy’s first two-plus years of WWII action and incidents.

  • Admiralty Manual of Navigation Volume II – with dust jacket


    Describes off shore navigation, safe conduct of a ship across the open sea where in general bearings of objects on land cannot be obtained except by means of radio waves. First chapters are mainly concerning distances, course, tracks and charts, then various methods of obtaining position lines and positions form astronomical observations are explained including a rapid method in the last chapter. Also contains an outline of meteorology and weather forecasting.

  • Admiralty Manual of Seamanship. Volume I


    Volume II containing technical detail and is a general textbook and reference book for ratings seeking advancement and for junior officers. Split into four chapters Part 1 Ship Knowledge and Safety. Part 2. Seamanship. Part 3 Ship Organisation and Part 4. Shiphandling and Navigation.

  • Admiralty Manual of Seamanship. Volume II


    Book for seamanship for officers and men joining the Royal Navy but also useful for all who put to sea in ships and boats. Reference to designs of ships their equipment and its scope. Includes ships safety and firefighting. Man made fibre cordage and handling splicing of ropes boats and their handling and sailing. Split into four chapters Part 1 Ship Knowledge and Safety. Part 2. Seamanship. Part 3 Ship Organisation and Part 4. Shiphandling and Navigation.

  • Air Defence at Sea


    US Maritime Strategy & Soviet Naval Developments. Technological developments. Over 100 diagrams and maps.

  • Air Power and the Royal Navy 1914-1945


    Shows how the forging of the Fleet Air Arm affected the Royal Navy and its role in the defence of country and Empire

  • Amphibious Assault Falklands – The Battle of San Carlos Water


    Since he was in charge of the amphibious operations in the Falklands War, it goes without saying that there is no one better qualified to tell the story of that aspect of the campaign than Commodore Michael Clapp. Here he describes, with considerable candour, some of the problems met in a Navy racing to war and finding it necessary to recreate a largely abandoned operational technique in a somewhat ad hoc fashion. During the time it took to go south some sense of order was imposed and a not very well defined command structure evolved, this was not done without generating a certain amount of friction. He tells of why San Carlos Water was chosen for the assault and the subsequent inshore operations. Michael Clapp and his small staff made their stand an can claim a major role in the defeat of the Argentine Air and Land Forces.

  • An illustrated history of Steamships


    This heavilly illustrated book, the early origins and developments of the steamship are explained, and the total history, right up to the present day is illustrated with engravings and many fine photographs.

  • Battle for the Falklands 2 Naval Forces


    April 2 1982, substantial forces of Argentine Marines, with heavy naval and air support, had invaded the Falkland islands, quickly and almost bloodlessly overwhelming a token garrison of Royal Marines. The following day Argentine forces also invaded the Falklands dependency of South Georgia, forcing the garrison of just 22 Royal Marines to surrender – though not before they had inflicted disproportionately heavy losses on their attackers.

  • Battleships of World War Two – An International Encyclopedia


    Complete coverage of design, modifications, technical data, and service history, for WW2 battleships from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan. The Soviet Union, Sweden, Turkey and the USA Illustrated in black-and-white with over 250 photographs and line drawings

  • Before the Aircraft Carrier – The Development of Aviation Vessels 1849-1922


    Describes by particulars and brief histories the surface craft that over a span of 73 years were employed experimentally or operationally in efforts to adapt aerial devices to the service of naval warfare. The book follows the successful approach of the Conway’s FIghting ships series divided by country with general introductions followed by tabular data and histories of all the ships. Illustrated with some very rare photos of these little known vessels and their aircraft.

  • Before the Dreadnought


    The role of the Royal Navy as policeman of the world, involved it in a number of brushfire wars, anti-slavery expeditions and flag waving exercises. Naval brigades fought at Sevastopol during the relief of Lucknow, against the Maoris in New Zealand and the Boers in South Africa. Naval gunboats patrolled the Zambezi, the Yangtse and the Red sea and served against the Dervishes on the Nile.

  • Book of Naval Obituaries


    This work contains one hundred biographies which were published in “The Daily Telegraph” during the past twenty years – men of the Navy, Marines and Fleet Air Arm, as well as the merchant fleet. They include such heroes as the Atlantic convoy commander Peter Gretton and the submariner Godfrey Place, VC; the yachtsman and U-boat hunter Stan Darling as well as the corvette commander Charles Cuthbertson, model for the captain in The Cruel Sea. Bill Sparks, the cockleshell hero, and Derek Pounds, who fought behind the lines in Korea, represent the pluck of the Marines while “Hooch” Williamson, who led the attack on Taranto, and Ken Pattison, who had the best claim to have sunk the Bismarck, demonstrate all the dash of the FAA. Written with humour and insight, here are tales of the derring-do, skilled seamanship and steady judgement which characterises the Senior Service.

  • Britains modern Royal Navy


    Once the world’s largest and most powerful naval force, the Royal Navy is now moving towards the second division as regards the number of ships, bu it has managed to maintain its position as number one in training, personnel and professionalism. The challenge for the Royal Navy as it moves towards the 21st century is to maintain that credibility in the face of defence cuts and changing commitments. This is a detailed survey of the Senior Service as it is today and how it has been shaped by events since the end of World War II. Present-day equipment, operations and personnel are all documented, together with the anticipated changes yet to come in all these areas.

  • British Submarines of World War One


    At the beginning of the Great War the Royal navy had seventy-four submarines in commission – the largest of any of the Great Powers. Yet the Admiralty had little idea of what to do with them

  • British Warships and Auxiliaries 87/88


    A guide to the ships and aircraft of the fleet including photos and illustrations as well as the weapons.

  • Castles of Steel – Britain, Germany and the winning of the great sea war


    August 1914 the two greatest navies in the world confronted each other across the North Sea. At first there were skirmishes, then battles off the coasts of England and Germany and in the far corners of the world, including the Falklands. The British attempted to force the Dardanelles with battleships – which led to the Gallipoli catastrophe. As the stalemate on the ground on the Western Front continued, the German Navy released a last strike against the British ‘ring of steel’. The result was Jutland, a titanic and brutal battle between dreadnoughts.

  • Cochrane – A Life of Admiral The Earl Of Dundonald


    Thomas Cochrane was undoubtedly Anti-Establishment, He had no time for inefficiency and corruption. The Establishment he was against was a die hard Admiralty who blocked the adoption of new ideas and inventions.

  • 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.

  • East of Malta West of Suez


    East of Malta, West of Suez: The Admiralty Account of the Naval War on the Eastern Mediterranean September 1939 to March 1941

  • Emma – The life of Lady Hamilton


    This powerful biography of the colourful and controversial Lady Hamilton is the first to draw on the hitherto unpublished archives of the Bourbon rulers of Naples, where Emma spent the most important years of her life. The court papers of King Ferdinand and Maria Carolina his Queen both complement and add several devastating new perspectives to the conventional picture derived from the well-minded collections of source material on which previous biographers have relied. Here is a very different Emma from the blowsy adventuress who reputedly slept her way from obscurity to become an Ambassador’s wife and the mistress of Nelson

  • Encyclopaedia of the Modern Royal Navy


    Having learned several lessons the hard way during the Falklands conflict, The Royal Navy today is steadily being refitted and re-equipped with new ships, new weapons systems, more filre and blast resistant materialsand new sonars and sensors to make it an even harder hitting force. This book explaines the role the organization of every aspect of the Royal Navy including Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Marines, The Royal Auxiliary, the WRNS, QARNNS, RNR, WRNR