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Maritime history

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The Evil Necessity

The Evil Necessity

Author: Denver Brunsman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

A fundamental component of Britain's early success, naval impressment not only kept the Royal Navy afloat-it helped to make an empire. In total numbers, impressed seamen were second only to enslaved Africans as the largest group of forced labourers in the eighteenth century. In The Evil Necessity, Denver Brunsman describes in vivid detail the experience of impressment for Atlantic seafarers and their families. Brunsman reveals how forced service robbed approximately 250,000 mariners of their livelihoods, and, not infrequently, their lives, while also devastating Atlantic seaport communities and the loved ones who were left behind. Press gangs, consisting of a navy officer backed by sailors and occasionally local toughs, often used violence or the threat of violence to supply the skilled manpower necessary to establish and maintain British naval supremacy. Moreover, impressments helped to unite Britain and its Atlantic coastal territories in a common system of maritime defence unmatched by any other European empire. Drawing on ships' logs, merchants' papers, personal letters and diaries, as well as engravings, political texts, and sea ballads, Brunsman shows how ultimately the controversy over impressment contributed to the American Revolution and served as a leading cause of the War of 1812.

Pirates & Privateers

Pirates & Privateers

Author: Tom Bowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Ship Killer

Ship Killer

Author: Thomas Wildenberg, Norman Polmar Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Since the start of the 20th Century there have been several thousand books published about submarines and on the order of a thousand discussing aircraft attacks on ships. The principal weapon of most of those submarine attacks and many of the aerial attacks both by land and carrier-based aircraft was the torpedo. Indeed the torpedo and the mine share responsibility by a large margin for sinking more ships than those lost to gunfire and bombs over the past 100 years. However, only a handful of these books have been about torpedoes. Ship Killers will fill that gap by discussing U.S. Navy torpedo development through the end of the Cold War. It begins with a brief description of the weapons developed for submarines prior to the beginning of the 20th Century, the efforts of Americans Bushnell and Fulton, the spar torpedo of the Civil War, and the U.S. Navy's attempts to imitate the Whitehead torpedo. Then, from the beginning of the 20th Century, the book will discuss American torpedo development in peace and during war and their use, from submarines, surface warships and small combatants and aircraft, including blimps and helicopters. The book will also cover the technologies and politics involved in torpedo development, and many unusual efforts to deliver torpedoes. About the Authors Thomas Wildenburg is the author of three books on naval history and biographies on Joseph Reeves and Howard Hughes. He lives in Burtonsville, MD. Norman Polmar is the senior consultant for national security programs at Gryphon Technologies.

Disasters of the Deep

Disasters of the Deep

Author: Edwyn Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

First published in 1986 as Few Survived and back by popular demand in a revised and updated edition, this book presents a comprehensive account of every peacetime submarine disaster from 1774 to the sinking of the Kursk in 2000. Noted naval historian Edwyn Gray examines many of the sinkings in considerable detail, analyzing what went wrong and describing attempts to rescue the crew and the vessel. In tandem he traces the development of the submarine from the earliest experimental submersibles of the late eighteenth century to the nuclear powered giants of today. Gray taps the resources of the United States, French Italian, Danish and Japanese navies, as well as the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and German U-Boat archive for this inclusive listing to provide an invaluable reference that also makes absorbing reading.

Rebuilding the Royal Navy

Rebuilding the Royal Navy

Author: D. K. Brown, George Moore Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

This fourth and final volume in this series on Royal Navy warship development presents an in-depth and lucid account of British warship construction in the challenging half-century since World War II. After considering the wartime legacy and lingering austerity, the authors cover some of the ambitious ideas for the bigger ships like the reconstruction of the carrier Victorious, and the conversion of fleet destroyers into anti-submarine frigates. But most of the book is devoted to new construction with chapters on all the major categories and new information on designs that remained on the drawing board. It concludes with a survey of the most significant technological innovations and an analysis of the impact of the Falklands War. D. K. Brown's personal knowledge and experience and George Moore's in-depth research on declassified material add up to a crowning finale to an internationally acclaimed series.

German Destroyers of World War II

German Destroyers of World War II

Author: Gerhard Koop Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Restricted by the 1919 Versailles Treaty to sixteen destroyers of no more than 800-tons, Germany's true destroyers did not make their appearance until the mid-1930s and the Anglo-German Naval Treaty. This new English translation of a volume by noted German warship historians Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke examines the destroyer's development from the nascent Mowe-class and Wolf-class destroyers through its full-service history. The operational narrative of this dauntless class of warship, considered the workhorse of the Kriegsmarine, is supplemented by war diary extracts, combat reports, technical tables, detailed ship plans, and a comprehensive selection of photographs, many published in an English reference for the first time. The book makes a fine addition to the history of German warships of the World War II era.

Jack Aubrey Commands

Jack Aubrey Commands

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

A well-known British naval historian explores the historical framework of the O'Brain novels in this lavishly illustrated book.

German Naval Codebreakers

German Naval Codebreakers

Author: Jak P. Mallmann Showell Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Type VII U-Boat

Type VII U-Boat

Author: David Westwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Nelson's Battles

Nelson's Battles

Author: Nicholas Tracy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Tracy (history, U. of New Brunswick) is a specialist in naval warfare especially during the age of sail. He presents an account of British Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's (1758-1805) military career that should please Nelson fans and readers new to or old in the naval warfare. He reviews Nelson's earl

Shadows on the Horizon

Shadows on the Horizon

Author: W.A. Haskell Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

This book tells the saga of a German front-line U-Boat, U-175, which, with her compatriots, very nearly severed Britain's lifeline across the Atlantic, and which culminated in a critical battle around Convoy HX-233 in the Spring of 1943. The author was a witness to the battle and this, combined with the meticulous research of original documents and his use of eye witness accounts from both the Allied and German sides, has resulted in a quite remarkable piece of work in which no stone has been left unturned in his desire to reconstruct exactly what happened both to the U-boats and their quarry in the crucial months of 1943. But the book is much more than a description of a single battle, for the author takes this particular event as a microcosm to explain the strategic and tactical background, the technical developments on both sides, and the operational experiences that occurred thoughout the whole of the War.

The Potemkin Mutiny

The Potemkin Mutiny

Author: Richard Hough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Hailed as an important contribution both to history and to sea literature when first published in 1961, Richard Hough's book gives a dramatic blow-by-blow account of the June 1905 mutiny on board the Russian battleship Potemkin. The revolt, immortalised in Sergei Eisenstein's famous film, was considered by the Soviets a glorious moment in the people's fight against a tyrannical czarist government, but for others it was a sordid little rebellion over bad meat. Hough chronicles events from the first rumblings of discontent to the closing scenes of the uprising that nearly brought about the Russian Revolution twelve years early. His balanced recounting of events, including the killing of many Potemkin officers and a civil uprising in Odessa quelled by the Cossacks who, slaughtered thousands, show the protagonists not as symbols but as human beings reacting under powerful tensions.