Naval History

13.06.2021
POCKET BATTLESHIPS OF THE DEUTCHLAND — 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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13.06.2021
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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13.06.2021
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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13.06.2021
BLACK FLAG — THE SURRENDER OF GERMANY'S U—BOAT FORCES 1945

The book by the world recognized expert in the field, Lawrence Paterson tells its readers the full and true story of the very last days of the famous U-boats, shedding some light on how their surrender has been accomplished. The author has performed a very thorough and meticulous research when working on the content of his book. The author is reporting in the experience of numerous surrendered U-boats.

He has also addressed the destruction of the U-boats of the German fleet after the war as well as the disposition of some not scuttled U-boats. The publication presents a readable account of the above mentioned boats and will be appreciated by all naval historians; note, however, that the information contained in the volume will also be useful for the novices willing to develop a strong knowledge of the subject.

Apart from the information presented in the form of the text, there are more than hundred photographs. This is a must for the serious collectors of the books on naval history and it has been positively met by all other readers, as well. In fact, the main intention of the author of this volume was to uncover some new material relating to the process surrender process and how this was actually handled...

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13.06.2021
ATTACK AT DAWN — RELIVING THE FIRST BATTLE OF NARVIK IN WORLD WAR TWO

First of all, it should be noted that the present title is not actually intended to mislead readers into considering it a serious work of naval history. Ron Cope, the author of the volume, leaves that to those with far more professional abilities than he would claim to have. However, he believes it should be considered as being the first definitive record of accounts from those who were actually involved in the First British Battle of Narvik.

It comprises their own experiences regarding how they managed to survive after the battle and also escape capture by the enemy. The author's position is that he cannot vouch that all the accounts are fully factual although from the sheer volume that we have been able to gather, there must be a lot of truth. However, he can definitely confirm the crew members of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla were there and during the ensuing years were still able to describe what they had witnessed.

In addition, the author had to accept that all the information obtained by him from the crew members' families and friends, passed on either verbally or in the form of paper documents or tape records, is indeed true and fully correct. His efforts has eventually resulted in this perfectly researched and informative publication providing readers with the insightful and important content.

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13.06.2021
THE ROMAN NAVY — SHIPS, MEN AND WARFARE 350BC—AD475

The Roman Navy or, more accurately, the naval forces of the Romans, quite often consigned to more than a couple of paragraphs in many accounts of Roman military endeavour. In fact, it was for over 800 years one of the integral parts of the armed forces of that state of the Romans and it became the first super-power Navy of the world.

It was the tool by which Rome achieved domination of the western Mediterranean region, which enabled her expansion into the areas that surrounded it and the very foundation of her empire; it was naval forces that enabled the Romans to conduct the intervention and eventually to dominate the Eastern Mediterranean region and the lands of the near east.

It was a naval campaign and a sea battle that resulted in established and secured power for the very first of all Roman emperors, and it was actually the navy's domination that enabled trade and the total economy and industry of the whole empire to flourish, free from the scourge of piracy and to an extent not equalled until the twentieth century.

Finally, it was the loss of that domination that was a vital factor playing critical role in the disintegration and, as a result, ending of the Western Roman Empire... A definitely must-have publication for every person having some interest in the history of Roman Empire and it's Navy forces, in particular.

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13.06.2021
THE GONDOLA PHILADELPHIA & THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN

This publication will tell readers about one of the veterans of the American Revolutionary War, namely the Continental gondola Philadelphia, which is the oldest intact warships, being currently on display in North America. It was recovered from the bottom of Lake Champlain in 1935. The ship was fifty-four foot long and armed with three cannon and eight swivel guns.

In the sixty-four years since her recovery, no one has produced any analysis of this vessel or the associated artifacts. In his work, archaeologist John Bratten details the history, construction, tools, armament, utensils, personal items, and rigging elements of this famous gunboat, taking advantage of contemporary records in order to describe the ship's artifacts... The Philadelphia is one of the oldest warships on display - a relatively small craft having only about fifty feet in length and forming one of the parts of the flotilla frustrating the first major effort of Great Britain to divide and subdue her American subjects through cutting off the New England from the southern and middle British colonies.

The Philadelphia was launched from one of the American shipyards into the Lake Champlain in 1776. Her construction was following the order of the Congress which came with the realization that all American attempts for taking Quebec and neutralization of the British Canada failed in the first year of the Revolutionary War...

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13.06.2021
THE FRENCH ASSAULT ON AMERICAN SHIPPING, 1793—1813

This publication has been initially planned to serve as a comprehensive accounting of the losses that were sustained by the merchant marine fleet of the United States at the hands of French privateers as well as the public vessels, officials and administrators in the course if the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras in France.

The original reports of the ships losses were received from the owners and masters of the ships, plus from the insurers who were dealing with filing the claims and protests. American consuls were filing the reports and naval officers were writing the reports and filing the claims for salvage every time they recaptured a seized ship from the French captor.

Obviously, it is nearly impossible to know the correct number of the ships, and have the accurate information about their value or the value of the transported cargoes that have been either confiscated or destroyed, both legally and illegally. In some cases portions of the cargo on board the vessel were taken in a port or even at sea and then the vessel was release, and it was not every time when they paid for it. In other cases the crew members of the vessels were removed, robbed or even killed... That is why it is very difficult to get the exact numbers and the author of the volume had to work with the approximate estimated figures...

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