Wars & Battles/World War 1

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  • 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

  • British Warships 1914-1919


    Lists every British and Dominion warship in service at the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, together with those built or ordered up to the end of the war in November 1918. This comprehensive record includes every type of vessel from battleship down to drifters, harbour vessels and other small craft.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Command At Sea – Great fighting Admirals from Hawke to Nimitz


    All the admirals here depicted-six British, two French and two American-were men extraordinarily able to deal successfully with problems and decisions outside the range of their predecessors.

  • Devonport built warships since 1860


    In August 1689 the Admiralty raised the possibility of building a dry dock somewhere within the Devonport harbour limits. From its inception, ships were being refitted in the new Dockyard and within twelve months, the first two Devonport Warships built had been launched. Many, many more followed – including some illustrious and historic names HMS ROYAL OAK, HMS WARSPITE and HMS EXETER. The last warship to be launched at Devonport was the frigate HMS SCYLLA, launched in 1968 and completed in 1969. The last large vessel to come off the slip was the Research Vessel Crystal, launched in 1971.

  • Experiences of War – The British Sailor


    In the flood of literature on the Second World War at sea. the ‘other ranks’ – seamen, naval airmen, submariners, stokers, writers, sick bay ‘tiffies, supply ratings, ‘sparkers’, ‘bunting tossers’, all the ‘ordinary men who filled the lower deck of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navies.

  • Flagship Hood – The Fate of Britains Mightiest Warship


    An account of the battle cruiser HMS Hood, reputed to be the most powerful and luxurious warship in the world until its destruction in the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941. Briggs, one of only three men out of 1400 who survived the attack, describes the myth of HMS Hood and the final months on board.

  • Flotillas – A Hard-Lying story


    Reminiscences of a Naval Office. Inc. much of WWI interest. Life beehind the scenes in the Royal Navy in the early part of the 20th century.

  • Naval Aircraft of World Wars I and II


    This title features a directory of over 70 aircraft with 330 identification photographs. It includes Shipborne fighters, bombers, flying boats and naval planes, including the Curtiss Helldiver, Mitsubishi Zero-Sen, Supermarine Seafire, Fairey Swordfish, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Mitsubishi Zero and Vought F4U Corsair. It examines the history and evolution of naval aircraft, from the first flights launched from ships and their pioneering role in World War I to the rise of naval airpower during World War II, with special reference to Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway.

  • 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 Great War at Sea 1914-1918


    The contest between the German and British navies during World War I was the greatest naval conflict in history. In this volume, Richard Hough presents a vivid and detailed account of this sea war, beginning with the build-up to war and ending with Germany’s capitulation at the end of 1918. As much a history of men as of guns and ships, this contest pitted England’s Winston Churchill, an arrogant but hard-working leader; the influential ex-First Sea Lord “Jacky” Fisher; and Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet Sir John Jellicoe against Germany’s autocratic Kaiser Wilhelm and the men under his command. When war broke out, in August of 1914, Britain had ruled the seas, almost uncontested, for nearly 100 years and boasted the biggest, most heavily gunned battleship in the world, the Dreadnought. German submarines and floating mines put this supremacy to the test, and forced British naval leaders to devise techniques, such as the convoy, to combat German technology. Hough describes the war’s major and minor batttles–fought in the Falklands, the North Sea, and the Dardanelles–and especially its climax, the 1916 Battle of Jutland, an indecisive confrontation that bitterly disappointed the Royal Navy.

  • 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.

  • War at Sea 1914-45


    Covers all the major sea battles of the First and Second World Wars and the development of naval strategies