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Viking Age War Fleets - Shipbuilding, resource management and maritime warfare in 11th-century Denmark (Hardcover): Morten Ravn Viking Age War Fleets - Shipbuilding, resource management and maritime warfare in 11th-century Denmark (Hardcover)
Morten Ravn
R1,170 R1,026 Discovery Miles 10 260 Save R144 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The military operations of Scandinavian societies in the Viking Age depended on their ships. Different types of ships were used in order to transport troops and war supplies. Some ships were designed to conduct the speedy transport of large numbers of troops, while others were specialised cargo vessels used in military operations as carriers of supplies and sometimes troops as well. This book examines the building and use of ships for warfare in 11th century Denmark. The subjects are addressed through detailed analyses of aspects such as resources, organisational structures and naval warfare. The outcomes are a more informed understanding of 11th century Scandinavian military organisation, shipbuilding and resource management.

USS California - A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship Bb-44 (Hardcover): David Doyle USS California - A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship Bb-44 (Hardcover)
David Doyle
R661 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R155 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44 The very first in a new series of value-priced hard cover horizontal format books on U.S. capital ships in the Second World War. Part of the "Extended" Visual History format, this 168 page book is packed with large, clear images of the USS California. Coverage begins with the laying of her keel in 1916 and continues with the ship's launching, commissioning and outfitting. The title then explores the ship's long history from her days in the "Blue Water Navy" to her sinking at Pearl Harbor using hundreds of detailed photos. Salvaged and refitted, the USS California was back in action at Saipan just 30 months later. The photographic coverage follows the history of the "Prune barge" all though her WWII experience right through to her decommissioning in 1959. The many photos are accompanied by beautifully rendered line drawings and color plates. An essential companion to the Trumpeter plastic kit.

US Super Carrier (Hardcover): Jonathan Falconer US Super Carrier (Hardcover)
Jonathan Falconer; Chris McNab, Patrick Bunce 1
R641 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Author Chris McNab and photographer Patrick Bunce go above and below deck to discover how a supercarrier is built, examining its structure, systems, departments, flight deck and hangar deck. With the full cooperation of the US Navy, they join the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) to discover how a supercarrier operates, looking at flight operations, logistics and life onboard. Commissioned in 1977, this awesome carrier has a complement of more than 6,000 crew and an embarked air wing of anything up to 90 aircraft, together capable of delivering more than 150 combat sorties per day.

The Boats of Cherbourg - The Navy That Stole Its Own Boats and Revolutionized Naval Warfare (Paperback): Abraham Rabinovich The Boats of Cherbourg - The Navy That Stole Its Own Boats and Revolutionized Naval Warfare (Paperback)
Abraham Rabinovich
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
U.S. Navy-Curtiss Flying Boat NC-4 - An Account of the First Transatlantic Flight (Paperback): Richard V Simpson U.S. Navy-Curtiss Flying Boat NC-4 - An Account of the First Transatlantic Flight (Paperback)
Richard V Simpson
R496 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R91 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When human's learned, in 1903, they could cruise over land in a heaver than air flying machine, they never dreamed of using an advanced model of the aeroplane as an instrument of war. The novelty of flying intrigued a young Glenn H. Curtiss-an inventor obsessed with speed. In the decade before World War One, Curtiss a dedicated tinkerer developed speedy float planes and flying boats which came to the attention of the U.S. Navy. During the run-up to America's involvement in the European war, ships carrying supplies to allies were being destroyed by the German U-boats. It was because of these losses of men and material that Navy brass decided a long range bomber should be developed to counter the German submarine menace. It was then Glenn Curtiss was contracted to draw plans for a large flying boat capable of flying across the Atlantic. Initially, four flying boats were built, but by this time the war had ended ant the mission of the flying boats no longer existed. However, America decided to send its new giant flying machines across the Atlantic as a show of Yankee know-how.

Navigating the Seven Seas - Leadership Lessons of the First African American Father and Son to Serve at the Top in the U.S.... Navigating the Seven Seas - Leadership Lessons of the First African American Father and Son to Serve at the Top in the U.S. Navy (Paperback)
Melvin G. Williams Jr.
R420 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R26 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Navigating the Seven Seas is an account of the leadership experiences two high-achieving African-Americans in the U.S. Navy. This father and son duo both achieved leadership ranks in the service of their country by following certain precepts than can applied for success in any profession, both military and civilian.
Melvin G. Williams, Sr. served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years (1951-1978) and reached the highest enlisted leadership rank of Master Chief, with final Navy leadership assignment as a Command Master Chief. His son, Melvin G. Williams, Jr., served 32 years (1978-2010) and reached the rank of Vice Admiral with final Navy leadership assignment as a Fleet Commander). As two African Americans who served the nation for nearly 60 consecutive years across two generations, they hope to provide readers with their perspectives on leadership.
Their book describes how they navigated up through the ranks of the U.S. Navy to positions of greater responsibility by employing their "Seven Cs" of leadership: Character, Competence, Courage, Commitment, Caring, Communicating, and Community.
Their book addresses the questions regarding who a leader is, what a leader does, why and how a leader performs? Although the context of their experiences is with the U.S. Navy, their message is that the seven Leadership Cs are germane to all readers, regardless of occupation or leadership situation (civilian, military, public and private industry, etc.), and regardless of the reader's background, culture, or gender.
The authors contend that leadership is an art and a science and that leadership can be learned, practiced, and refined and that there is no stereotypical type cast mold for leaders. They argue that if they as members of a minority can rise to leadership roles in the U.S. Navy by following these key principles to navigate across the rough seas of life, then anyone can employ these rules to rise to increased leadership responsibility in any profession or career.

Personal Accounts of the Waffen-Ss at War - Loyalty is My Honor (Paperback): Gordon Williamson Personal Accounts of the Waffen-Ss at War - Loyalty is My Honor (Paperback)
Gordon Williamson
R530 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R129 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

No military organisation has fought as well against such overwhelming odds as the Waffen-SS, but few have earned such an infamous reputation in the process. Hitler's elite proved itself in some of the most savage actions of World War II: the battle of Kharkov, the defence of the Demyansk Pocket and the Normandy landings. Certain units, however, also perpetrated atrocities against innocent civilians, while others were closely associated with the concentration camps. Personal Accounts of the Waffen-SS is the story of the men who wore the SS runes - told in their own words. Speaking candidly about their wartime service, former Waffen-SS soldiers of all ranks and nationalities talk about their training, indoctrination, combat on the Eastern Front, their commanders and political masters and the question of atrocities. Were they inhuman monsters or skilled soldiers? Personal Accounts of the Waffen-SS provides the answer. Illustrated with 150 rare black-and-white photographs, not only does Personal Accounts of the Waffen-SS address one of the most fascinating organisations within the Third Reich, but unlike much history it manages to offer personal accounts from inside the Waffen-SS. The book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of World War II and the Third Reich.

USS Iowa (BB-61): The Story of "The Big Stick" from 1940 to the Present (Hardcover): David Doyle USS Iowa (BB-61): The Story of "The Big Stick" from 1940 to the Present (Hardcover)
David Doyle
R550 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship in the United States Navy's last, and most battle-worthy, battleship class, which also included the New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Missouri. This volume explores Iowa's design, construction, launching, and commissioning, as well as its extensive wartime activities in both World War II and Korea. Also covered are its post-Korea years in the reserve "mothball fleet," recommissioning in 1984, and coverage of the tragic 1989 turret explosion that killed forty-seven sailors. The carefully researched photos, many of which have never before been published, are reproduced in remarkable clarity, and coupled with descriptive and informative captions, this book puts the reader on the deck of this historic warship throughout her history.

The U.S. Naval Institute on NAVAL STRATEGY (Paperback): Thomas J. Cutler The U.S. Naval Institute on NAVAL STRATEGY (Paperback)
Thomas J. Cutler
R577 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R32 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the U.S. Navy ""Wheel Books"" were once found in the uniform pockets of every junior and many senior petty officers. Each small notebook was unique to the Sailor carrying it, but all had in common a collection of data and wisdom that the individual deemed useful in the effective execution of his or her duties. Often used as a substitute for experience among neophytes and as a portable library of reference information for more experienced personnel, those weathered pages contained everything from the time of the next tide, to leadership hints from a respected chief petty officer, to the color coding of the phone-and-distance line used in underway replenishments. In that same tradition, the new Naval Institute Wheel Books will provide supplemental information, pragmatic advice, and cogent analysis on topics important to modern naval professionals. Drawn from the U.S. Naval Institute's vast archives that has been accumulated for more than a century, the books will combine articles from the Institute's flagship publication Proceedings, selections from the oral history collection and from Naval Institute Press books to create unique guides on a wide array of relevant professional subjects. Strategy is described by the Dictionary of Modern Strategy and Tactics as having ""a permanent nature, but an ever-changing character."" For more than a century, both the nature and the character of this essential discipline have been explored in depth by contributors to the Naval Institute's magazines, books, and oral histories. Drawing from those powerful resources, this carefully selected collection makes clear why naval strategy has always straddled the boundaries between art and science and why its study and employment are essential components of the sea service profession.

Naval Archives Volume Iv (Paperback): Naval Archives Volume Iv (Paperback)
R420 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R81 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
German Raiders of the First World War - Kaiserliche Marine Cruisers and the Epic Chases (Hardcover): Chris Sams German Raiders of the First World War - Kaiserliche Marine Cruisers and the Epic Chases (Hardcover)
Chris Sams
R527 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As the world plunged into war in August 1914 two Kaiserliche Marine fleets and several detached cruisers lay beyond the North Sea. These vessels posed a serious threat to British merchant vessels and naval superiority. Beyond the British blockade there was little chance of reinforcement and resupply of ammunition-their commanders had to make some hard decisions as to what to do for their crews. Admiral Wilhelm Souchon had to cross the Mediterranean with a superior French and British fleet in pursuit. Admiral Maximilian Von Spee had to decide what to do half a world away from Germany with colonies and friendly shipping rapidly being overtaken by Allied forces. With only the ammunition on board his vessels, he had to fight his way through the British lines to get his men home. Captain Karl Von Muller led the 'Emden' on a daring campaign of commerce raiding as did the commander of the 'Karlsruhe'. Other cruisers also carried out cruiser warfare seriously affecting Allied merchant shipping. The Royal Navy expended a lot of resources to try and remove these threats and Admiral Craddock swept down the coast of America chasing phantoms only to find what he was looking for with fatal results at Coronel.

Battleship Warspite - Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans (Hardcover): Robert Brown Battleship Warspite - Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans (Hardcover)
Robert Brown
R809 R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Save R147 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The technical details of British warships were recorded in a set of plans produced by the builders on completion of every ship. Known as the as fitted general arrangements, these drawings documented the exact appearance and fitting of the ship as it entered service. They were very large more than 12 feet long for capital ships highly detailed, annotated and labelled, and drawn with exquisite skill in multi-coloured inks and washes. Intended to provide a permanent reference for the Admiralty and the dockyards, they represent the acme of the draughtsman s art. Today these plans form part of the incomparable collection of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, which is using the latest scanning technology to make digital copies of the highest quality. This book is the first of a series based entirely on these draughts which will depict famous warships in an unprecedented degree of detail complete sets in full colour, with many close-ups and enlargements that make every aspect clear and comprehensible. Extensive captions point the reader to important features to be found in the plans, and an introduction covers the background to the design. The celebrated battleship _Warspite_ is an ideal introduction to this new series an apparently familiar subject, but given this treatment the result is an anatomy that will fascinate every warship enthusiast and ship modeller.

American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Craig L Symonds American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Craig L Symonds
R207 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R32 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fast-paced narrative traces the emergence of the United States Navy as a global power from its birth during the American Revolution through to its current superpower status. The story highlights iconic moments of great drama pivotal to the nation's fortunes: John Paul Jones' attacks on the British during the Revolution, the Barbary Wars, and the arduous conquest of Iwo Jima. The book illuminates the changes-technological, institutional, and functional-of the U.S. Navy from its days as a small frigate navy through the age of steam and steel to the modern era of electronics and missiles. Historian Craig L. Symonds captures the evolving culture of the navy and debates between policymakers about what role the institution should play in world affairs. Internal and external challenges dramatically altered the size and character of the navy, with long periods of quiet inertia alternating with rapid expansion emerging out of crises. The history of the navy reflects the history of the nation as a whole, and its many changes derive in large part from the changing role of the United States itself.

Spoils of War - The Fate of Enemy Fleets After the Two World Wars (Hardcover): Dodson, Serena Cant Spoils of War - The Fate of Enemy Fleets After the Two World Wars (Hardcover)
Dodson, Serena Cant
R1,352 R1,085 Discovery Miles 10 850 Save R267 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea - HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse (Paperback): Rod Macdonald Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea - HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse (Paperback)
Rod Macdonald
R496 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R40 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first book to explore in detail the wrecks of these two vessels from Force Z which in December 1941 was sent to defend Singapore. It grippingly narrates the lead up to the siege of Singapore and the battle far out at sea in which Force Z was decimated in the Royal Navy's greatest loss in a single engagement. The force was attacked by 85 Japanese torpedo bombers, with huge loss of life. It was the first time a modern battleship had been sunk by air power and the loss of Prince of Wales is seen as marking the end of the era of the battleship. The wrecks are explored in detail with illustrations of them on the seabed and underwater photographs.

The Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Carriers of the World - Featuring Over 170 Aircraft Carriers with 500 Identification... The Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Carriers of the World - Featuring Over 170 Aircraft Carriers with 500 Identification Photographs (Paperback)
Bernard Ireland
R368 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R66 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a complete guide to aircraft carriers, from zeppelin and seaplane carriers to V/STOL and nuclear-powered carriers. It examines the evolution of the aircraft carrier, from the first flights from ships in World War I, developments during the inter-war years and World War II battles such as Pearl Harbor, through to modern carriers used in the Falklands. It is a comprehensive country-by-country directory of all the major aircraft carriers, with expert text describing each vessel's construction, appearance, function and history. It features over 500 photographs illustrating each type. Specification boxes provide information about country of origin, the company that built the carrier, construction and completion dates, displacement, dimensions, types of aircraft carried, armament, power and performance. This impressive encyclopedia is both a fascinating history of the aircraft carrier's development and a comprehensive visual directory of more than 170 of the world's aviation ships over nearly a century. Each entry is accompanied by a specification panel, and all the carriers are accompanied by identification photographs, many of which have never previously been published together in one volume. With magnificent illustrations and up-to-date information, this book provides both enthusiasts and historians with key information about the world's aircraft carriers, and is an essential reference for everyone interested in naval aviation.

HMS Pickle - The Swiftest Ship in Nelson's Trafalgar Fleet (Hardcover): Peter Hore HMS Pickle - The Swiftest Ship in Nelson's Trafalgar Fleet (Hardcover)
Peter Hore; Foreword by Andrew Lambert 1
R393 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The smallest ship in Nelson's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar was the curiously-named HMS Pickle. The ship was a topsail schooner and, though deemed too small to take part in the fighting it distinguished itself as the ship to bring Captain John Lapenotiere with the news of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar and his death. The schooner set off on October 26th and took 9 days to reach Britain after facing a gale off Cape Finisterre. After the Pickle anchored in Falmouth Bay on November 4th Lapenotiere started his journey to London (a trip that usually took a week was covered in 37 hours with 19 horse changes). Captain Peter Hore describes the ship's beginnings as a civilian vessel called Sting, through conversion with 10 guns and its role with Admiral Cornwall's Inshore Squadron for French reconnaissance in 1803. HMS Pickle was also involved in the rescue for the crew of HMS Magnificent in 1804 and further reconnaissance missions. This full history details other colourful episodes including a single-ship action against the French privateer Favorite in 1807. Pickle was wrecked in July 1808 when she was grounded as she entered Cadiz harbour but without loss of life. The Pickle's journey is commemorated by Royal Navy Warrant Officers on November 5th.

US Navy's Fast Attack Submarines, Vol.1: Los Angeles Class 688 (Hardcover): James C. Goodall US Navy's Fast Attack Submarines, Vol.1: Los Angeles Class 688 (Hardcover)
James C. Goodall
R924 R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Save R196 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This illustrated book covers the complete history of the United States' Los Angeles class attack submarines from initial design and construction, through testing and trials, to its current operations. The nuclear-powered USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) class attack submarine represented the lead ship of the largest group of vessels constructed for the US Navy during the Cold War, and was purposefully designed for anti-submarine operations against the Soviets. Sixty-two boats were built and launched between 1976 and 1996, and the class continues to serve in force to this day. The exclusive and extensive photographic coverage of the boat's interior is featured here for the first time. Details of the boats' armament includes: four 21" bow-mounted torpedo tubes supporting the Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo series; Tomahawk (BGM-109) cruise missile; and Harpoon (UGM-84) anti-ship missile capability. The author's unprecedented access allows the reader a first time view of these submarines.

Eyes on Target - Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs (Paperback): Scott McEwen, Richard Miniter Eyes on Target - Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs (Paperback)
Scott McEwen, Richard Miniter
R365 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R35 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Told through the eyes of current and former Navy SEALs, EYES ON TARGET is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn't, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded. The book contains incredible accounts of major SEAL operations - from the violent birth of SEAL Team Six and the aborted Operation Eagle Claw meant to save the hostages in Iran, to key missions in Iraq and Afganistan where the SEALs suffered their worst losses in their fifty year history-and every chapter illustrates why this elite military special operations unit remains the most feared anti-terrorist force in the world. We hear reports on the record from retired SEAL officers including Lt. Cmdr. Richard Marcinko, the founder of SEAL Team Six, and a former Commander at SEAL team Six, Ryan Zinke, and we come away understanding the deep commitment of these military men who put themselves in danger to protect our country and save American lives. In the face of insurmountable odds and the imminent threat of death, they give all to protect those who cannot protect themselves. No matter the situation, on duty or at ease, SEALs never, ever give up. One powerful chapter in the book tells the story of how one Medal of Honour winner saved another, the only time this has been done in US military history. EYES ON TARGET includes these special features: - A detailed timeline of events during the Benghazi attack - Sample rescue scenarios from a military expert who believes that help could have reached the Benghazi compound in time - The US House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi Through their many interviews and unique access, Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter pull back the veil that has so often concealed the heroism of these patriots. They live by a stringent and demanding code of their own creation, keeping them ready to ignore politics, bureaucracy and-if necessary-direct orders. They share a unique combination of character, intelligence, courage, love of country and what can only be called true grit. They are the Navy SEALs, and they keep their Eyes on Target.

The Lucky Few (Paperback): Jan K Herman The Lucky Few (Paperback)
Jan K Herman
R467 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R31 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As the Vietnam War reached its tragic climax in the last days of April 1975, a task force of U.S. Navy ships cruised off South Vietnam's coast. Their mission was to support the evacuation of American embassy personnel and military advisers from Saigon as well as to secure the safety of the South Vietnamese whose lives were in endangered by the North Vietnamese victory. The Lucky Few recounts the role of the USS Kirk in the rescue of remnants of the South Vietnamese fleet and the refugees on board. The story of the Kirk reflects one of America's few shining moments at the end of the Vietnam War. Now in paperback in time for the 40th anniversary of the end of the war, The Lucky Few brings to life the heroism of Captain Paul Jacobs and the crew of the USS Kirk.

The U.S. Naval Institute on NAVAL TACTICS (Paperback): Thomas J. Cutler The U.S. Naval Institute on NAVAL TACTICS (Paperback)
Thomas J. Cutler
R588 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R43 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the U.S. Navy ""Wheel Books"" were once found in the uniform pockets of every junior and many senior petty officers. Each small notebook was unique to the Sailor carrying it, but all had in common a collection of data and wisdom that the individual deemed useful in the effective execution of his or her duties. Often used as a substitute for experience among neophytes and as a portable library of reference information for more experienced personnel, those weathered pages contained everything from the time of the next tide, to leadership hints from a respected chief petty officer, to the color coding of the phone-and-distance line used in underway replenishments. In that same tradition, the new Naval Institute Wheel Books will provide supplemental information, pragmatic advice, and cogent analysis on topics important to modern naval professionals. Drawn from the U.S. Naval Institute's vast archives that has been accumulated for more than a century, the books will combine articles from the Institute's flagship publication Proceedings, selections from the oral history collection and from Naval Institute Press books to create unique guides on a wide array of relevant professional subjects. Naval tactics were described by Vice Adm. A. K. Cebrowski, a brilliant thinker on the subject of naval warfare, as "the sum of the art and science of the actual application of combat power." Renowned naval tactician Capt. Wayne Hughes called the study of naval tactics as striving "to bring whatever order and understanding is possible out of the chaos of battle." With those words of wisdom serving as the "commander's intent," this collection sheds a bright light on this sometimes dark and mysterious but questionably essential realm, illuminating the principles and concepts of tactics that serve the warrior at the most critical moments.

Mahan on Naval Strategy - Selections from the Writings of Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (Paperback): Alfred Thayer Mahan Mahan on Naval Strategy - Selections from the Writings of Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (Paperback)
Alfred Thayer Mahan; Introduction by John B Hattendorf
R745 R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Save R64 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book makes a valuable and original contribution to the study of strategic thinking of one of the greatest naval theoreticians of all time. Rather than taking one of Mahan's many works and reprinting it, this volume offers a unique collection of articles and chapters from many books by Mahan, selected to capture the whole range of his thinking. With these key selections, readers have a single, convenient reference to help them toward a full understanding of Mahan's logic and thinking.

With Tegetthoff at Lissa - The Memoirs of an Austrian Naval Officer 1861-66 (Hardcover): With Tegetthoff at Lissa - The Memoirs of an Austrian Naval Officer 1861-66 (Hardcover)
R1,255 R914 Discovery Miles 9 140 Save R341 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The imperial Austrian navy which fought and won the signal victory of Lissa on 20 July 1866, during the so-called Seven Weeks' War of 1866, has in recent years been subjected to more detailed scrutiny than has hitherto been its lot, and it is with an eye to following this trend that we present the following translation of part of the memoirs of one of its officers. Maximilian Rottauscher, the author of this account, was born in Vienna in 1844, the son of Karl Rottauscher (born 1812), an Austrian army officer who served in the Hungarian campaigns of 1848/49 and rose to the rank of major general before retiring. Max was destined for the fledgling navy, since after the lost 1859 war with France and Piedmont it was undergoing some expansion because of fears about designs in the Adriatic Sea by the new kingdom of Italy. In 1861, therefore, he was assigned to the frigate Novara as a cadet. After a brief instruction, he was transferred between a number of vessels and endured a period of enforced shore leave before being assigned to the schooner Saida, in which he made a voyage to Greece in 1863. Further service on training ships followed, before in 1864, as a midshipman, Rottauscher was sent to the North Sea as a replacement for a casualty on the frigate Radetzky. The Radetzky was one of a force of Austrian warships present during the Second Schleswig War, during which Austria and Prussia were allied against Denmark, and Max took part in the closing campaigns of this conflict, which he describes. But the greatest adventure of Max's life was two years later, when as a brand-new sub lieutenant and stationed on the frigate Adria, he was at the battle of Lissa. His description of this action, where the Austrians under Wilhelm von Tegetthoff trounced the Italians under Carlo di Persano, is extremely valuable not only because of its immediacy but also because relatively few personal accounts of Lissa have been published. Max's account is a very interesting picture of the Austrian navy in the early and mid 1860s, its comic and harrowing scenes and its depictions of foreign lands and the adventures he had there. As usual, the translator Stuart Sutherland has added explanatory notes to assist the reader. This is a fascinating and worthy contribution to 19th Century naval literature.

Path to a Lonely War - A Naval Hospital Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam, 1965 (Hardcover): Richard W Schaefer Path to a Lonely War - A Naval Hospital Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam, 1965 (Hardcover)
Richard W Schaefer
R642 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Having just turned eighteen and graduated from high school, and living in small-town Nebraska with nothing much to do, young Dick Schaefer joined the Navy on impulse, hoping that by choosing his branch of the military he would have some measure of control over his future. Not fully aware of the increasing military action in Vietnam, Schaefer found himself on a train bound for boot camp in San Diego in late summer, 1962. Schaefer's account of his time at boot camp is wry and rollicking. Upon graduation, he requested and received orders to report to the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps School in San Diego-and found that his choice of study suited him very well. Aftercompleting his studies, again on impulse Schaefer requested assignment to Hawai'i, assuming there must be a large naval hospital at Pearl Harbor. In fact, there was no such hospital-and Schaefer was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force. And thus this young naval medical corpsman became assigned to a Marine Corps unit for three years. "Marines and sailors didn't like each other very much. My new tattoo would go over well!" In Spring of 1965 Schaefer's unit boarded a large troop transport ship bound for a six-week stay in Okinawa. Then it was on to South Vietnam as part of the fi rst contingent of American combat forces. Schaefer recounts the terror of that fi rst beach landing, the hollow ache of homesickness, his professionalism in handling injuries both minor and devastating, the tragedy of friendly fi re, and his involvement in Operation Starlite. He also offers his refl ections on American involvement in the war, the reception of the troops as they returned stateside, and his own reintegration into civilian life.

U.S. Battleships - An Illustrated Design History (Paperback): Norman Friedman, Alan Raven, A. D. Baker III U.S. Battleships - An Illustrated Design History (Paperback)
Norman Friedman, Alan Raven, A. D. Baker III
R1,313 R1,046 Discovery Miles 10 460 Save R267 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book covers the development of U.S. battleships, from the Maine and Texas of 1886, through the Montana class of World War II, up to the recommissioned Iowas. It examines the original designs as well as the many modifications and reconstructions these ships underwent during their long and active careers. Like the other books in Norman Friedman's design-history series, U.S. Battleships is based largely on formerly classified internal U.S. Navy records. But research for this book has also included a full survey of British files, both those compiled when American ships served with the Royal Navy in the two world wars and those supplied by British battleship designers attached to the U.S. Navy. In addition, the author consulted official battle damage reports to help evaluate various designs. Friedman, a leading authority of U.S. warships, explains the political and technical rationales for building battleships and recounts the evolution of each design. He shows clearly how battleship development reflects the interplay between police postures and technological capabilities, for perhaps more than any other category of warships in the pre-World War II American navy, the battleship was subject to political forces. Theodore Roosevelt's desire for a "big stick" to enforce his foreign policy, for example, gave rise to his Great White Fleet of 1907-09, the United States's first battle fleet. Franklin Roosevelt's fear of being branded as a militarist, on the other hand, constrained U.S. battleship construction and armament in the late 1930s. Battleship designs proposed but not built are described in detail. They include, among others, the pre-cursor of the Maine; a torpedo battleship of 1912; the "Tillman battleship" of 1916; a 66,000-ton "maximum battleship" of 1934; and the Montana of World War II. Freidman analyzes whether the design was a serious project or simply a ploy to test relations with foreign powers. A final chapter reveals the many abortive postwar projects for battleship conversion and shows the extensive modifications the New Jersey that were made in 1981-82. Friedman also indicates what future improvements may be in store for U.S. battleships. Appendixes include a full description of the first modern armored ship, the civil War monitor, and an account of the damage to U.S. battleships at Pearl Harbor. Alan Raven and A.D. Baker III have drawn detailed scale outboard and plan views of the each battleship class and of major modifications to many classes. The author has provided inboard profiles and sketches of abortive projects. Numerous photographs, many of them never before published, complement the text. Naval historians and architects alike will find U.S. Battleships to be the most comprehensive reference available on the subject. Battleships buffs, long enamored of this, the most elegant and glamorous of warships, will find the author's treatment of its development a fitting tribute to its decades of service to the U.S. Navy.

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