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Jutland - World War I's Greatest Naval Battle (Hardcover): Michael Epkenhans, Joerg Hillmann, Frank Nagler Jutland - World War I's Greatest Naval Battle (Hardcover)
Michael Epkenhans, Joerg Hillmann, Frank Nagler
R1,385 R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Save R273 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the first two years of World War I, Germany struggled to overcome a crippling British blockade of its mercantile shipping lanes. With only sixteen dreadnought-class battleships compared to the renowned British Royal Navy's twenty-eight, the German High Seas Fleet stood little chance of winning a direct fight. The Germans staged raids in the North Sea and bombarded English coasts in an attempt to lure small British squadrons into open water where they could be destroyed by submarines and surface boats. After months of skirmishes, conflict erupted on May 31, 1916, in the North Sea near Jutland, Denmark, in what would become the most formidable battle in the history of the Royal Navy. In Jutland, international scholars reassess the strategies and tactics employed by the combatants as well as the political and military consequences of their actions. Most previous English-language military analysis has focused on British admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who was widely criticized for excessive caution and for allowing German vice admiral Reinhard Scheer to escape; but the contributors to this volume engage the German perspective, evaluating Scheer's decisions and his skill in preserving his fleet and escaping Britain's superior force. Together, the contributors lucidly demonstrate how both sides suffered from leadership that failed to move beyond outdated strategies of limited war between navies and to embrace the total war approach that came to dominate the twentieth century. The contributors also examine the role of memory, comparing the way the battle has been portrayed in England and Germany. An authoritative collection of scholarship, Jutland serves as an essential reappraisal of this seminal event in twentieth-century naval history.

US Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45 (Paperback): Mark Stille US Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45 (Paperback)
Mark Stille; Illustrated by Paul Wright
R308 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During World War II, the United States built 72 light cruisers of various classes. In response to the severe air threat that surface ships faced, new cruisers were designed with increasingly heavy antiaircraft weaponry as well as the traditional 6in guns. With the speed and range to keep up with aircraft carriers, and their considerable antiaircraft capability, they were a mainstay of the carrier escorts. This book examines every US light cruiser produced, including those of the Fargo and Worcester classes, which were actually complete after World War II had ended, tracing their design, development and evolution throughout the war and beyond.

War in the Chesapeake - The British Campaigns to Control the Bay, 1813-1814 (Hardcover): Charles Neimeyer War in the Chesapeake - The British Campaigns to Control the Bay, 1813-1814 (Hardcover)
Charles Neimeyer
R1,162 R1,067 Discovery Miles 10 670 Save R95 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the early nineteenth century, the United States of America was far from united. The United States faced internal strife over the extent of governance and the rights of individual states. The United States' relationship with their former colonial power was also uncertain. Britain impressed American sailors and supported Native Americans' actions in the northwest and on the Canadian border. In the summer of 1812, President James Madison chose to go to war against Britain. War in the Chesapeake illustrates the causes for the War of 1812, the political impacts of the war on America, and the war effort in the Chesapeake Bay. The book examines the early war efforts, when both countries focused efforts on Canada and the Northwest front. Some historians claim Madison chose to go to war in an attempt to annex the neighbouring British territories. The book goes on to discuss the war in the Chesapeake Bay. The British began their Chesapeake campaign in an effort to relieve pressure on their defences in Canada. Rear Admiral George Cockburn led the resulting efforts, and began to terrorize the towns of the Chesapeake. From Norfolk to Annapolis, the British forces raided coastal towns, plundering villages for supplies and encouraging slaves to join the British forces. The British also actively campaigned against the large American frigates- seeing them as the only threat to their own naval superiority. War in the Chesapeake traces these British efforts on land and sea. It also traces the Americans' attempts to arm and protect the region while the majority of the American regular forces fought on the Northwest front. In the summer campaign of 1814, the British trounced the Americans at Bladensburg, and burned Washington, D.C. Afterwards, the Baltimoreans shocked the British with a stalwart defence at Fort McHenry. The British leaders, Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane and Major General Robert Ross, did not expect strong resistance after their quick victories at Bladensburg. War in the Chesapeake tells the story of some of the earliest national heroes, including the defenders of Baltimore and naval leaders like John Rodgers and Stephen Decatur. The following December 1814, the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent, ending hostilities and returning North America to a peaceful status quo. The United States and neighbouring Canada would not go to war on opposing sides again. The United States left the war slightly more unified and independent of the British.

Victory in the Pacific, 1945 - History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 14 (Paperback): Samuel Eliot... Victory in the Pacific, 1945 - History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 14 (Paperback)
Samuel Eliot Morison
R610 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R44 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The details of these operations are described vividly, even passionately. Morison spares no information in describing the grim consequences of the kamikaze suicide crashes by enemy planes on the radar picket destroyers and other ships. With his usual clarity and skill, Morison describes the strategy that led to the concluding campaigns of the war and to the dropping of the first atomic bombs. Additional chapters are devoted to the logistics problem of supplying fleets and armies thousands of miles from bases to the devastating prowls by Pacific Fleet submarines, and to the controversial loss of the Indianapolis. Of particular interest is his detailed account, from Japanese and American sources, of the delicate negotiations which led to the surrender of Japan. About the Author Samuel Eliot Morison, an eminent Harvard professor, was appointed by close friend Franklin D. Roosevelt to write the history of U.S. naval operations during World War II after convincing the president that too many wartime histories were written after the fact or from a distance. Morison called his classic work a"shooting history" of World War II, because it was documented by historical observation during each specific naval operation in the Atlantic and Pacific. Hailed for its accuracy, narrative pace and detail, this monumental work presents a complete record of the U.S. Navy's war at sea, covering the strategic planning, battle tactics, and technological advances, as well as the heroic actions of American sailors.

Ottoman Navy Warships 1914-18 (Paperback): Ryan K. Noppen Ottoman Navy Warships 1914-18 (Paperback)
Ryan K. Noppen; Illustrated by Paul Wright
R259 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R39 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At the start of the 20th century the Ottoman Navy was a shadow of its former might, a reflection of the empire as a whole - the "Sick Man of Europe". Years of defeat, nepotism, and neglect had left the Ottoman Navy with a mix of obsolete vessels, whilst the list of prospective enemies was ever-growing. An increasing Russian naval presence in the Black Sea and the alarming emergence of Italy and Greece as regional Naval powers proved beyond all doubt that intensive modernization was essential, indeed, the fate of the Empire as a naval power depended on it. So the Ottoman Navy looked to the ultimate naval weapon of the age, the dreadnought, two of which were ordered from the British. But politics intervened, and a succession of events culminated in the Ottoman Navy fielding a modern German battlecruiser and state-of-the-art light cruiser instead - with dramatic consequences. In this meticulous study, Ryan Noppen presents a fresh appraisal of the technical aspects and operations of the warships of the Ottoman Navy in World War I. It is the first work of its kind in the English language - produced with a wealth of rare material with the co-operation of the Turkish Consulate and Navy. Packed with precise technical specifications, revealing illustrations and exhaustive research, this is an essential guide to a crucial chapter in the Aegean arms race.

The Rules of the Game - Jutland and British Naval Command (Paperback): Andrew Gordon The Rules of the Game - Jutland and British Naval Command (Paperback)
Andrew Gordon 1
R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner of the Longman's History Today Book of the Year Award and the inaugural Westminster Medal for Military Literature More than a century had gone by since the Battle of Trafalgar. Generation after generation of British naval captains had been dreaming ever since of a 'new' Trafalgar - a cataclysmic encounter which would decisively change a war's outcome. At last, in the summer of 1916, they thought their moment had come... Andrew Gordon's extraordinary, gripping book brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of the British navy in the years leading up to Jutland and gives a superb account of the battle itself and its bitterly acrimonious aftermath.

1941 The Second World War at Sea in Photographs (Paperback): Phil Carradice 1941 The Second World War at Sea in Photographs (Paperback)
Phil Carradice
R492 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R86 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At the beginning of 1941, Britain stood alone against Germany and Italy. The Battle of the Atlantic was in full swing. Hitler's U-boats were operating in packs, descending on convoys and sinking many millions of tons of shipping. In May, the formidable German battleship Bismarck left port, heading out into the North Atlantic. After sinking the battlecruiser HMS Hood off Iceland, she was eventually cornered by the Royal Navy in the Bay of Biscay and sunk herself. A major breakthrough came when a naval Enigma code machine was captured from the U-boat U-110. With the attack by Hitler on Russia in June, convoys began to be sent up the coast of Norway to the northern ports of Murmansk and Archangel, carrying war material to support the struggling Soviets. December 1941 saw the war become a truly global conflict, with the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia bringing the United States into the war. Using many rarely seen images, Phil Carradice tells the story of 1941: The War at Sea.

Lincoln's Trident - The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Robert M. Browning Jr Lincoln's Trident - The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Robert M. Browning Jr
R1,963 R1,400 Discovery Miles 14 000 Save R563 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In "Lincoln's Trident," Coast Guard historian Robert M. Browning Jr. continues his magisterial series about the Union's naval blockade of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Established by the Navy Department in 1862, the West Gulf Blockading Squadron operated from St. Andrews Bay (Panama City), Florida to the Rio Grande River. As with the Navy's blockade squadrons operating in the Atlantic, the mission of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron was to cripple the South's economy by halting imports and disrupting cotton exports, the South's main source of hard currency. The blockade also limited transportation within the South and participated in combined operations with Union land forces.
The history of the squadron comprises myriad parts and players, deployed in a variety of missions across the thousand-mile-wide Western Theater. From disorganized beginnings, the squadron's leaders and sailors had to overcome setbacks, unfulfilled expectations, and lost opportunities. Browning masterfully captures the many variables that influenced the strategic choices of Navy commanders as they both doggedly pursued unchanging long-term goals as well as improvised and reacted to short-term opportunities.
Notable among its leaders was David Glasgow Farragut, believed by many to be America's greatest naval hero, who led the squadron through most of the war and the climactic Battle of Mobile Bay. Under his legendary leadership, the squadron not only sealed Confederate sea ports, but also made feints and thrusts up the Mississippi River as far north as Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Knowing the Navy's role in isolating the Confederate economy and preventing the movement of troops and supplies within the South is crucial to understanding of the outcomes of the Civil War, as well as the importance of naval power in military conflicts. With thirty-five maps and illustrations, "Lincoln's Trident" expounds upon an essential part of the Civil War as well as naval and American history.

The British Sailor of the First World War (Paperback): Quintin Colville The British Sailor of the First World War (Paperback)
Quintin Colville
R209 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R28 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1914 Great Britain's navy was the largest and most powerful the world had ever seen - but what was the everyday experience of those who served in it? This fully illustrated book looks at the British sailor's life during the First World War, from the Falkland Islands to the East African coast and the North Sea. Meals in the stokers' mess and the admiral's cabin; the claustrophobic terrors of the engine room or submarine; the long separations from loved ones that were the shared experience of all ranks; the perils faced by Royal Naval Air Service pilots - drawing on previously unpublished materials from the National Maritime Museum collections, this is an authoritative and vivid account of lives lived in quite extraordinary circumstances.

U.S. Navy Force Structure & Forward Presence Overseas - Plans & Considerations (Hardcover): Agnes S. Jennings U.S. Navy Force Structure & Forward Presence Overseas - Plans & Considerations (Hardcover)
Agnes S. Jennings
R4,543 Discovery Miles 45 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides background information and presents potential issues for Congress concerning the Navys ship force-structure goals and shipbuilding plans. The planned size of the Navy, the rate of Navy ship procurement, and the prospective affordability of the Navys shipbuilding plans have been matters of concern for the congressional defense committees for the past several years. Decisions that Congress makes on Navy shipbuilding programs can substantially affect Navy capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base. Moreover, in support of its mission to deter conflict or fight in wars if necessary, the Navy considers it a core responsibility to maintain a forward presenceto keep some of its fleet far from U.S. shores at all times in areas that are important to national interests. This book discusses preserving the Navy's forward presence with s smaller fleet, as well as provides an analysis of the Navy's fiscal year 2015 shipbuilding plan. Finally, it examines the long-term effect if crew rotation on forward presence.

German U-Boat Base at Lorient, France: Vol 1 (Hardcover): Luc Braeuer German U-Boat Base at Lorient, France: Vol 1 (Hardcover)
Luc Braeuer
R1,167 R908 Discovery Miles 9 080 Save R259 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This first volume (of a four volume series) on the German U-boats at Lorient, France, covers the period from June 1940 to June 1941, and reveals the evacuation of the port by the French navy and the subsequent takeover by the Kriegsmarine. Illustrated with over 600 photographs, it details the installation of the German navy at Lorient and the first year of the presence of the U-Boot arm in this port, as well as the major stages in the Battle of the Atlantic in which they participated. The U-boats that were docked at Lorient are presented in tabular form by type, flotilla, commander, as well as the date of commissioning. This book also allows the reader to experience the life of the crews ashore following the return of their boats, and the British naval and aerial actions against the port of Lorient.

The Battlecruiser Hood (Hardcover): John Roberts The Battlecruiser Hood (Hardcover)
John Roberts
R408 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The destruction of the HMS Hood by the Bismarck in 1941 was one of the most shocking episodes in the history of the Royal Navy. Built during World War I, the Hood was the largest, fastest and one of the most handsome capital ships in the world. For the first time, this volume in the renowned Anatomy of a Ship series is available in paperback, and features a detailed description of every aspect of the beloved battlecruiser. In addition to analysing the genesis of its design and contemporary significance, this exceptional study provides the finest documentation of the Hood, with a complete set of superb line drawings, supported by technical details and a record of the ship's service history.

Through Ice and Fire - A Russian Arctic Convoy Diary 1942 (Hardcover): Leona Thomas Through Ice and Fire - A Russian Arctic Convoy Diary 1942 (Hardcover)
Leona Thomas
R532 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On the Russian Arctic convoys in 1942, Leonard H. Thomas kept a secret notebook from which he later wrote his memoirs. These contained many well-observed details of life onboard his ship, HMS Ulster Queen. He detailed observations of the hardships that followed when they endured being at action stations and locked in the engine room, under fire from the skies above and the sea below, and only able to guess at what was happening from the cacophony of sounds they could hear. Thomas tells of how the crew suffered from an appalling lack of food, the intense cold, and the stark conditions endured for weeks on end berthed in Archangel in the cold of the approaching Russian winter. There are also insights about the morale of the men and lighter moments when their humour kept them going. These stories can now be told as his daughter has edited them into an account that illustrates the fortitude and bravery of the men who sailed through ice and fire to further the war effort so far from home.

Another Great Day at Sea - Life Aboard the USS George H. W. Bush (Paperback, Main): Geoff Dyer Another Great Day at Sea - Life Aboard the USS George H. W. Bush (Paperback, Main)
Geoff Dyer; Photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins 1
R234 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R41 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In November 2011, Geoff Dyer fulfilled a childhood dream of spending time on an aircraft carrier. Dyer's stay on the USS George Bush, on active service in the Arabian Gulf, proved even more intense, memorable, and frequently hilarious, than he could ever have hoped. In Dyer's hands, the warship becomes a microcosm for a stocktaking of modern Western life: religion, drugs, chauvinism, farting, gyms, steaks, prayer, parental death, relationships and how to have a beach party with 5000 people on a giant floating hunk of steel. Piercingly perceptive and gloriously funny, this is a unique book about work, war and entering other worlds.

The Imperial Japanese Navy of the Russo-Japanese War (Paperback): Mark Stille The Imperial Japanese Navy of the Russo-Japanese War (Paperback)
Mark Stille; Illustrated by Paul Wright
R308 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the Imperial Japanese Navy destroyed Russia's battle fleet during the Russo-Japanese War, it marked the emergence of Japan as one of the world's major naval powers. Japan's navy had been built up over just two decades, with the IJN acquiring a fleet of modern foreign-built warships. Coupled with the IJN's leadership and high levels of training, this proved enough to destroy the fleet of one of the world's historic naval powers. This book explains in concise detail the IJN's fleet of 1904?1905, from its battleships and armored cruisers to the torpedo boats that launched 'the first great torpedo attack in history,' and outlines the history of the naval campaign against the Russian fleet.

American PT Boats in World War II V2 (Hardcover): Victor Chun American PT Boats in World War II V2 (Hardcover)
Victor Chun
R1,762 R1,333 Discovery Miles 13 330 Save R429 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This all new illustrated volume is the companion to Victor Chun's definitive history of American PT boats in the Second World War (see page 28). Chun presents all new information gleaned since the previous book's publication and includes never before published drawings of PT 809, as well as details on the use of Elcoplane as used by Elco PT boats to increase running speed, described here for the first time.

The U.S. Navy Against the Axis - Surface Combat, 1941-1945 (Paperback): Vincent P. O'Hara The U.S. Navy Against the Axis - Surface Combat, 1941-1945 (Paperback)
Vincent P. O'Hara
R673 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R36 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The U.S. Navy against the Axis tells the story of the U.S. Navy's surface fleet in World War II with an emphasis on ship-to-ship combat. It advances the thesis that the fleet's role in America's ultimate victory was more crucial than commonly realized and that it holds many lessons for today's Navy and the nation as a whole.The book refutes the widely-held notion that the attack on Pearl Harbor suddenly rendered surface combatants obsolete and that aviation and submarines dominated the Pacific War; it demonstrates that the battleships, cruisers and destroyers made major contributions to America's victory and played decisive roles at critical junctures. The U.S. Navy against the Axis offers a cautionary parable relevant to today's Navy. It demonstrates how swift adaptability and intellectual honesty were fundamental to the Navy's success against Japan. The book's underlying premises is that we cannot assume that in a conflict against conventional or asymmetric enemies, the nation holds title to the same virtues demonstrated by the Navy three generations past. Instead those lessons need to be constantly studied and validated in the face of postwar mythologies, lest they be forgotten.

The Japanese Navy in World War II - In the Words of Former Japanese Naval Officers (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David C.... The Japanese Navy in World War II - In the Words of Former Japanese Naval Officers (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David C. Evans
R803 R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Save R71 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

First published in 1986 and lauded by historians and World War II buffs eager for the Japanese viewpoint, this collection of essays makes significant contributions to the field of World War II literature. In it, top-ranking Japanese officers offer their personal perspectives of the Pacific War. This second edition adds five articles to the original twelve to present a full picture of the Japanese navy's role in the war.Most of these moving accounts were written in the 1950s and retain the immediacy felt by the writers when they participated in the events. They provide valuable information on the strategy, tactics, and operations of the Japanese fleet, as well as insights into the personalities and motives of its leaders. Here, Vice Admiral Shigeru Fukudome comes to grips with allegations that the assault on Pearl Harbor represented strategic folly, political blundering, and tactical stupidity. Captain Mitsuo Fuchida describes how his bombing group unleashed "devils of doom" on Battleship Row, and Mitsuru Yoshida gives an eye-witness account of the sinking of the famous battleship Yamato. The new contributions to the volume discuss operations in the Indian Ocean, the battle of the Philippine Sea, the protection of merchant shipping, submarine warfare, and Japan's overall naval strategy.

World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units (Paperback): Eugene Liptak World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units (Paperback)
Eugene Liptak; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
R311 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the United States entered World War II, it was apparent that the war would only be won by taking the fight to the Axis, in the shape of large-scale amphibious landings. Accordingly, the US Navy developed several types of specialized unit to reconnoiter potential landing areas, degrade the enemy's ability to resist, and assist the landing forces on to the beaches. These operatives had to get there first, alone, and carry out their missions before the GIs and Marines could land with any chance of success.
Formed in September 1942 and active in the Mediterranean, European, and Pacific theaters, the Scouts and Raiders were forerunners of the SEALs; they used canoes to secretly reconnoiter beaches before combat landings, and placed marker beacons. In the Mediterranean and the Philippines, the Beach Jumpers made elaborate simulated landings to fool the enemy as to real locations, including radar and sound deception.
Active in the Mediterranean, Normandy, and the South West Pacific, the Naval Combat Demolition Units cleared beach obstacles in advance of combat landings, and guided landing craft to their destination, while the Underwater Demolition Teams carried out similar tasks in the Pacific theater only. In co-operation (and sometimes competition) with the Office of Strategic Services, Naval Group China gathered intelligence in that theater, and trained and fought with Chinese guerrillas behind Japanese lines.
All these special warfare units played vital roles in the prosecution of the Allied war effort across the globe. Their distinctive uniforms, insignia, special clothing, equipment, and weaponry are illustrated and described in this engaging study.

Tin Cans and Greyhounds - The Destroyers that Won Two World Wars (Hardcover): Clint Johnson Tin Cans and Greyhounds - The Destroyers that Won Two World Wars (Hardcover)
Clint Johnson 1
R658 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This action-packed narrative history of destroyer-class ships begins with destroyers' first incarnation as torpedo boats in 1898 through the last true combat service of the ships in the Vietnam War. Nicknamed "tin cans" or "greyhounds," destroyers were quick naval ships used to defend larger battleships-and they proved indispensable in America's military victories. In Tin Cans and Greyhounds, author Clint Johnson brings readers inside the quarter-inch hulls of destroyers to meet the men who manned the ships' five-inch guns and fought America's wars from inside a "tin can"-risking death by cannon shell, shrapnel, bomb, fire, drowning, exposure, and sharks.

No Pyrrhic Victories - The 1918 Raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend - A Radical Reappraisal (Paperback): E.C. Coleman No Pyrrhic Victories - The 1918 Raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend - A Radical Reappraisal (Paperback)
E.C. Coleman
R403 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R66 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In early 1918, it seemed to many that the British people and the Allies were close to defeat. At home, the chief culprit was the German U-boat. Sailing almost unopposed from the North Sea ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend, the submarines were taking a heavy toll on Allied shipping, and no one seemed to be doing anything about it. The job eventually went to Vice Admiral Roger Keyes, `The Modern Nelson', who had a long record of close action with enemies from China to the Heligoland Bight. Equally, he was unafraid of those senior to him whom he considered to be incompetent. Within days of his appointment Keyes had put together an audacious plan to sink blockships in the enemy-held ports. However, his success, along with the eleven VCs won in the battles, led his detractors to play down his achievement, even by using German propaganda against him. This entirely new account, containing groundbreaking research and rare illustrations throughout, at last sets the record straight about these important engagements.

USS Cairo (Paperback): Elizabeth Hoxie Joyner USS Cairo (Paperback)
Elizabeth Hoxie Joyner
R487 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945 (Hardcover, UK ed.): Martin J. Brayley Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945 (Hardcover, UK ed.)
Martin J. Brayley 1
R676 R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Save R89 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Royal Navy Uniforms 1930 - 1945 uses over 400 illustrations - both period images and new colour photographs of original items - to show the clothing of both Officers and Ratings in World War II and during the years leading up to it, when Naval uniforms underwent significant modernization. The illustrations are supported by detailed text describing the development and use of Naval clothing of the time. Its contents include Officers' clothing and effects; Class 1 and III Ratings' clothing and effects; seamens' clothing and effects; battledress and tropical clothing; miscellaneous clothing, personal effects and substantive and non-substantive insignia. This is the first book to offer a detailed study of Royal Navy clothing in the 1930s and World War II and will be a vital resource for collectors, historians and enthusiasts.

The Naval Miscellany - Volume VIII (Paperback): Brian Vale The Naval Miscellany - Volume VIII (Paperback)
Brian Vale
R1,011 Discovery Miles 10 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Brian Vale is a naval historian with degrees from Keele and King's College London. A life-long member of the Society for Nautical Research and the Navy Records Society, he has long specialised in Anglo-South American maritime history. His books include Independence or Death! British sailors and Brazilian Independence, A Frigate of King George, The Audacious Admiral Cochrane and Cochrane in the Pacific: Fortune and Freedom in Spanish America.

The Japanese Battleship Hyuga (Paperback): Waldemar Goralski The Japanese Battleship Hyuga (Paperback)
Waldemar Goralski
R770 R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Save R186 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Japanese Navy ordered two new battleships in 1912. They were an improved version of Fuso type battleships. Their construction was included in the equipment plan 8-4 of the fleet (8 battleships and 4 heavy cruisers), which was approved by the government and parliament. The amount of money allocated totaled 80 million yen. Design work began in 1913 and all funds for the start of word were collected by July 1914. On May 6, 1915, at the Mitsubishi group shipyard in Nagasaki, a keel for the new battleship was laid. On January 27, 1917, the ship was launched receiving the name Hyuga (after the name of the province). On November 1, 1917, Commander Eitaro Shimodairo became the first captain of the battleship. The Hyuga battleship project was based on the design of the Fuso battleship. Some changes were made to it. The hull was extended by 3 meters, and the armor of the ship's magazines and the central command post were changed. The layout of guns 1 and 2 was changed, which allowed placing the boiler room closer to the bow and fitting the funnels closer to each other. It also allowed putting artillery guns 3 and 4 behind the boiler room. It was not a good choice, because it was necessary to carry the steam ducts to the engine room through the ship's magazines. A better solution was to install the wires under the ship's magazines and over the double bottom.

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