16.07.2017
DESTROYER ESCORTS IN ACTION

Here is another nice and informative booklet chock released to provide people interested in naval warfare and history with a real wealth of information relating to the destroyer escorts at the time of the Second World War. The text of the book is supplemented with numerous data tables, detailed ship line drawings and numerous photographs.

The design and further construction of literally hundreds of destroyers escorts is considered one of the most amazing achievements of the American industry during the Second World War. Subject vessels were constructed with the intention of the government to protect the convoys of the Allied forces worldwide.

Nearly six hundred destroyer escorts were constructed serving the United States Navy and Coast Guard, as well as the Royal Navy together with the navy fleets of Brazil and France. The author of the present book, Al Adcock, has managed to summarize the story of the destroyer escorts.

The document features numerous close-up photos and general view, also addressing the machinery of the vessels, their equipment and electrical installations etc. Each class of the vessels covered in the content of the volume has been nicely illustrated. The comprehensive text and great artwork of the book has already made this book a winner.

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15.07.2017
CRUISERS AND BATTLE CRUISERS

Among the best attributes of the present volume the readers have noted the compactness of the volume and combination of the historical profile. It is highly recommended to the general readers and to the undergraduate-level students. The fast cruisers and battle cruisers considered the eyes of any naval fleet have always been the ultimate warships of the gunboat diplomacy - no any other vessels were so well-equipped to be capable of serving as the working war machines and projection of the national might. The publication is covering the significant designs of the cruisers and battle cruisers, with the content providing all required details including the hull dimensions and armament, crew complement and propulsion means etc. The first introductory chapter of the volume discusses the general history of these cruisers starting from the eighteenth century up to today, including the technical development and importance of the cruisers. The readers all around the world have already appreciated the good historical and technical overview provided by the author in the pages of this work covering different types of the cruisers, life aboard those vessels, and other relevant and interesting information. This is a real treasure for the people looking for a comprehensive overview of the subject vessels taking into account the attention paid to the details...

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15.07.2017
BRITISH WARSHIPS AND AUXILIARIES

Here is an excellent and very informative guide to the vessels and weapons of the Royal British Navy fleet. The publication opens with the comprehensive review of the Royal Navy which is then followed by the several sections where the author details the fleets of the Royal Navy and Auxiliary, together with the support vessels being operated under the contract.

The content of the book is also covering the Army and Royal Mariners, giving some overview of the Border Force. The text of the publication is featuring wealth of the technical and other information and is supplemented with the numerous color images for each of the vessels of this class; the book is also offering its readers the class listings and technical specifications of all the vessels addressed, their silhouettes and pennant numbers, plus some brief notes.

The publication is concluding with a listing of the vessels that are preserved within the UK and operating after decommissioning in secondary roles, plus the summary of the ships which were scrapped. We would definitely recommend the present book by Steve Bush to all people with the interest in naval warfare, and particularly in the warfare of the British Navy fleet as they will find all required information in a single volume.

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15.07.2017
BORODINO CLASS ARMORED SHIPS

In 1898—1899 battleships of "Borodino"class had been still in process of development while all the principal elements of their future adversaries — Japanese armorclads of "Shikishima" class — had been determined already, though not yet detailed. In December 1898 heads of the Russian Naval Department, after careful examination of various armored ship projects by the Naval Technical Committee (NTS), made a choice of the French engineer A. Lagagne project, who was building "Tsesarewich" in Toulon at that time.

The armament of the developed ship was less formidable, being determined by NTS, than that of "Shikishima" (two 152-mm guns less); on the other hand, A. Lagagne managed to ensure the safe protection of the ship against shells and mines and arrange favourably her major and middle-caliber guns — in turrets — while having relatively small displacement (12 900 t). The main task of the battleship of this type was thought to be in the head of the squadron, when the decisive battle is fought with a formidable enemy. It had been presumed, that this ship was to be intended for actions in a limited sea area, being supported by its rear bases.

Because of it the stock of fuel, capacity of reserve coal bunkers, supply of food and drinking water, the stock of other consumable materials were reduced to two-weeks norm, in order to strengthen the armor protection and gunnery of the ship as much as possible. The store boiler water was not included in the ship normal load at all, since high efficiency desalinators were installed on the board.

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15.07.2017
BATTLESHIPS

Another interesting historical publication addressing the naval warships, this one being dedicated to the battleships. Starting from the ancient times and to the Second World War and post-war period, the content of the present volume is charting the evolution of the vessels that used to rule the seas - the vessels that would be most complex and expensive human-made moving objectives in the whole history, until the introduction of the aircraft carriers.

The text part of the volume is supplemented with more than forty photographs making clear all defining features of each design covered. The content of the book is featuring a listing of the ironclads and battleships plus the dreadnoughts arranged in alphabetical order and including the names and countries plus causes of the losses, locations and dates.

According to the reviews of this book provided by the numerous readers, including professional naval historians and just enthusiasts, the publication has been found to give a thorough and lively analysis of all major warships in the history and shall be treated as a must-have for the military readers and all other people with the interest in naval activities. The chapters of the book start with the wooden battleships and then move through the steam and dreadnought to the later eras, covering various approaches to the styles and effectiveness of the associated warfare...

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15.07.2017
BATTLESHIP SCHARNHORST

This book is mainly dedicated to the famous battleship Scharnhorst, though some part of it is taken with the comparison to her sister vessel Gneisenau. The publication belongs to the Military Book Club series and contains the brief general history of ship construction as well as most important technical data plus some additional notes on crew training, life on board the vessel etc, supplemented with the number of photographs.

There are following chapters in the book: Shipbuilding - The construction of a ship; Crew Training; Technical Data of Scharnhorst; Engine Room Combat readiness; Scharnhorst Career Notes; Gneisenau and Scharnhorst; A Pictorial History of Scharnhorst; Camouflage Patterns; Scharnhorst as a Scale Model; The Plans and Plan Keys.

The information included by the author into this remarkably interesting book has been found very interesting and useful by a broad audience of readers starting from the general readers and up to the specialists and naval historians. We would definitely recommend this volume because of the amount and quality of the presented information plus informative and colorful illustrations letting readers get a clear and full picture.

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15.07.2017
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES IN SUPPORT OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

The present publication is fully dedicated to the AV, standing for the Autonomous Vehicles - these vehicles have been in wide use in the course of many military operations that took place in the last half-century or even more than that. Among the examples of their use we could note the satellites and torpedoes, target drones and cruise missiles etc.

They have also been found practical in the civil sector in such fields as the disposal of the explosive materials, measurement and work conducted in the radioactive environment, undersea researches, robotic manufacturing and others. The latest military experiences with the autonomous vehicles have consistently shown their high value in a broad range of missions; the expected technical developments of these vehicles are very promoting and imply the significant increase of their importance in the naval operations of the nearest future.

The above mentioned developments are enabled, and actually limited, by the progress in the field of computation and robotics, networking, navigation, communications, propulsion and powering, and of course construction materials. This publication may be treated as a forward-looking professional discussion of the existing naval operational environment plus the vision for the Marine Corps/Navy, naval mission needs as well as potential applications of the autonomous vehicles together with the limitations imposed...

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14.07.2017
ALLIED COASTAL FORCES OF WORLD WAR II — FAIRMILE DESIGNS AND U.S. SUBMARINE CHASERS

The authors of this excellent volume, John Lambert and Al Ross, have specifically prepared its content to cover the coastal ships of the Allied forces in the Second World War. The content of the publication is covering all ships in detail, providing all required technical information, including the narrative text, ship line drawings and photos. In their work, the authors has been principally concerned with the famous wooden naval warships that were constructed by the FMC, standing for the Fairmile Marine Company.

The very idea of the mass-production of minor warships constructed of wood during the war, was  the idea of the founder of Fairmile Company. Each vessel type has been designed and further built in a kit form, allowing the assembly of the ship at different small shipbuilding facilities both in the country and abroad. The ship designs developed by the Fairmile also features the utilization of the basic construction materials, and they were relying on the many newly established and non-naval industries, providing the required materials without actual interference with the product flow from the specialist manufacturers.

During the War, the success of the attacks conducted by the submarines of the German Navy and significant increase in minelaying, forced the British Royal Navy to find a method of combating subject threat...

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