24.03.2017

Warfare at Sea - 1500-1650 - Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe

   The content of the present book is mainly focusing in the maritime conflicts looked at as one of the parts of the process of transformation that took place in Europe from the end-XVIII century to the mid-XVII century. The main lines of the subject transformation are quite well-known, Looking from the maritime perspective, some of the parts of this transformation process were considered particularly important. The long-distance maritime trade has significantly increased and the role of the capitalist entrepreneurs in human society has become much more important in Europe. In the whole Mediterranean area, in the Ottoman and Spanish empires dominated in the beginning of the XVI century. The last decades of the XVI century and early decades of the XVII century showed the rapid rise of both political and economic power of the north-western Europe and stagnation of the Mediterranean... In this publication, the author has emphasized the role of the maritime conflicts in the naval history and transformation of Europe, in particular. It starts with the clear description of the important role of the warfare, followed by the major technology as well as tactics and strategy, information on changing maritime societies, maritime wars, organizations and states, maritime state formation and Atlantic warfare, galley navies, major sailing navies and wealth of other important and valuable historical information.

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26.02.2017

Outlaws of the Atlantic - Sailors, Pirates and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail

   The Outlaws of the Atlantic is one of the most popular publications on the naval history touching so dramatic world of the maritime adventures. Written by the award-winning naval historian, the book literally turns the marine industry upside down - it shows the history from the viewpoint of commoners - pirates, sailors, slaves and other outlaws of the sea from late XVII to the early XIX century. With a keen eye for these characters, the author shows how the maritime actors shaped the history. The reader will know how merchant sailors organize, inspired and maintained the democratic structures both outside and within the laws at the time. It all resulted in the book exploring the maritime history "from below". According to the readers review, this book is really awesome and containing huge number of information that would be very difficult in other ones. A great reading for all people interested in naval history and very informative source from a very well known and world respected historian. The readers will definitely enjoy the background history of the present volume providing them with the detailed information on how the merchant seafarers used to organize, inspire and maintain the democratic structures within and also outside the laws for more than three centuries. In fact, this volume presents an excellent collection of the specific historical papers.

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26.02.2017

Pocket Battleships of the Deutschland - Warships of the Kriegsmarine

   The naval ships of the German Navy fleet that participated in the Second World War are deservedly treated as one of the most popular subjects in the whole naval history, and the present publication compiled jointly by Klaus-Peter Schmolke and Gerhard Koop has been already appreciated by all naval enthusiasts and found to be one of the best collections available. In fact, it is one out of the six volumes prepared by these authors, with each of the volumes dedicated to one particular class of ships. This book addresses the Deutschland class warships. It provides readers with the finely detailed technical description of the warship, outline of the services and numerous informative and perfectly illustrated ship plans, maps of the naval battles and quite substantial collection of photos. Apart from the professional naval historians, the book will be of great use for the ship modelers who are willing to build a model of the Deutschland/Lutzow class and require a good pictorial reference. The texts and statistics presented by the authors are very informative and useful. Note that the drawings included in the book are very correct and the main content starts with some general historical overview, followed by the chapters on the operational life of the vessels and the overview of the overall success of those ships.

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26.02.2017

Midget Submarine Commander - The Life of Godfrey Place VC

   This remarkably detailed book is a very good source of information to be used for the naval history enthusiasts who will definitely enjoy the story of one of the most famous Naval Officers in the whole history who served in the Submarine Service. The author of this publication has a life-long interest in the naval history and particularly the VC, standing for the Victoria Cross award - he spent much time with the British Royal Navy and either wrote or contributed in a number of maritime publications - he was quite fortunate to be given an opportunity to research the naval life of Rear Admiral Godfrey Place VC - in the present volume he starts as the Lieutenant in command of X7 submarine. The content of this interesting publication written by Paul Watkins is supplemented with the thirty-six black and white photos placed together somewhere in the middle part of this book. The author offers its readers a truly great story of this remarkable Naval Officer. It shall be taken into account that the content of this volume has been prepared mainly on the basis of the relevant information taken from the sources not published earlier, and the list of references includes the author's personal recollections on the attack done on the Tirpitz and also in prison.

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26.02.2017

Europe and the Maritime World - A Twentieth-Century History

   This book written by the Professor Michael B. Miller offers readers completely new framework for understanding globalization process which took place over the past century. The author shows how the maritime infrastructure of Europe made modern consumer and production possible, through a highly detailed analysis of the maritime ports, shipping and trading companies operating worldwide. In his publication, the author also did his best to explain how and why the ability to manage the logistics was affecting the outcome of both world wars. The publication will give reader a truly superb account of the European maritime history as well as the one of globalization, it may be treated as the very valuable addition to the scholarship on this subject as it is full of the information and debate. The volume starts with a new perspective on the globalization that took place in the historical periods of XIX-XX centuries mainly focusing on the European maritime shipping, cargo transportation, ports and trades, and also all networks linking them. One of the main objectives of this book was to conduct a thorough and deep research in the information contained in the official archives in the several countries. The book also contains the detailed discussion of the relationships between the local and global and will therefore be of interest for the historians of globalization.

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26.02.2017

Destroyers At Normandy - Naval Gunfire Support at Omaha Beach

   This monograph prepared by William Kirkland was specifically published to provide all interested parties with the first hand information relating to the Destroyer Squadron 18 which participated in the critically important naval battle upon which the overall success of the Europe campaign depended. The experience at Omaha Beach could be viewed as typical of most United States naval ships that were engaged at Normandy. From the other side, it appears quite clear from the thorough research conducted by the author, that this squadron together with the British counterparts, had a major influence on the breakout and the overall success of the naval campaign that followed and realized. Subject contributions have certainly provided a sound basis for the discussion to be held among the veterans of that war and for the future researches to be performed by the war historians, and also as a professional account of the naval actions supporting the Normandy landings. The story told by the author reports on the events that took place at the Omaha Beach as they were seen from the ashore/afloat and illuminated by the eyewitnesses. The main declared objective of this report was to intimate the relationships between the soldiers of both First and Twenty-Ninth Divisions that really helped make that glorious victory possible.

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26.02.2017

The Line of Battle - The Sailing Warship 1650-1840

   This work by Robert Gardiner and Brian Lavery (who is also the author of the Shield of Empire book) is fully dedicated to the history of the sailing warships in the period stated on the front page. It belongs to the very popular Conway's History of the Ship series and will be of great use for people interested in the naval history and the warships of the past. The book contains excellent illustrations and so many drawings, photographs and tables providing detailed information and will serve as the good reference source for enthusiasts. In addition to the main fourteen chapters, the publication also contains the Glossary for easier understanding of the terminology. The content of the publication has been restricted to the historical period between 1640 and 1840, i.e. to the time where sail was considered the major motive force for the vessels. The book has been found to be one of the best volumes available today to provide readers with a concise yet comprehensive historical overview of sailing combat together with the detailed technical information on the sailing ships that used to make up the line of battle, as well as the supporting vessels. The text of the book is excellent and filled with additional supplementary materials, such as twenty-five data tables, and nearly two hundred ship drawings and photos. One of the best sources for the people willing to get a detailed account of the technologies that shaped the history of the mankind.

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26.02.2017

Japanese Naval and Merchant Shipping Losses During World War II by All Causes

   As the name of the publication implies, it contains nearly full list of the losses suffered by Japanese Naval and merchant fleet during the World War Two. The list was prepared and published by the joint U.S. Army-Navy Committee which was intentionally established with the purpose of estimation of subject losses and consisted of the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Forces representatives. The members of the subject committee were supposed to meet from time to time in order to perform the periodical study and evaluation of the reports of human losses as well as damages to the enemy. Among the information sources utilized when compiling the reports of losses there were prisoner of war reports and captured documents, Ariyoshi's List, Naval Ministry and Shipowner's Lists, US Photo Intelligence and many others. The results of the assessment agreed by all members of the committee, have been included in the present report, which includes the naval ships known or believed to be lost, and all merchant ships of more than 500 GT. Some minor number of ships have not been subjected to the assessment due to the insufficient information available as to cause their loss. This is a good reference source for those interested in the history.

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