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TECHNICAL CHANGE AND BRITISH NAVAL POLICY 1860-1939 edited by Bryan Ranft: By examining the inter-connection between technological change and the wider issues of naval policy and strategy the contributors to this book provide new insights into the Royal Navy's performance in the two World Wars.
Rebuilding the ROYAL NAVY - Warship Design since 1945 by David K. Brown & George Moore- with line drawings by John Roberts: This design history of post-war British warship development, based on both declassified documentation and personal experience, is the fourth and final volume in the author's masterly account of the development of Royal Navy's ships from the 1850s to the Falklands War.
Mussolini's Navy: A Reference Guide to the Regia Marina 1930-1945 by Maurizio Brescia - This book is a complete guide to the Regia Marina, the navy with which Italy fought the Second World War. Starting with the historical background, it describes how the navy developed, how it was organised, the facilities that supported it, and the operations it conducted both before and after the armistice in 1943. It also details all its ships, with full technical particulars, plans and photos.
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Ready for Anything by Geoff Puddefoot: Formally established in August 1905, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – unofficial motto: Ready for Anything – was originally a logistic support organisation, Admiralty – owned but run on civilian lines, and comprising a miscellaneous an very unglamorous collection of colliers, store ships and harbour craft. A new and revised edition of BRITISH BATTLESHIPS 1860-1950 by Dr. Oscar Parkes - A very nice copy! The twelfth edition of "The Wonder Book of the Navy" was published in the middle 1950's. Illustrated with eight full-page colour plates and nearly 300 illustrations it covers every aspect of life in the Royal Navy; from boys training to service in the different branches ashore and at sea.
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In "The Devices of War" Norman Kemp describes the development of an assortment of unusual weapons that were invented by civilians, scientists, service personnel and specialist units. The Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors considered, and awarded tax free sums of money, over an eight year period to about 150 claimants. Not completely ‘Naval’. Dr Rodger in his study of the Admiralty feels that the naval history of Britain cannot be fully understood if separated from the administration and command which directed and supported the fleets at sea. As a major institution The first board of the Admiralty was formed in 1628 and remained a key Office of State until subsumed by the Ministry of Defence in 1964.
The Submarine Pioneers by Richard Compton-Hall: Illustrated with a comprehensive selection of line drawings, contemporary prints and photographs, The Submarine Pioneers is altogether intriguing, often hair-raising, sometimes hilarious and occasionally tragic, while pointing unmistakably to the awesome way ahead beneath the wave
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Leonard Guttridge provides a casebook of mutinies that have occurred over the past two hundred years, beginning with the mutiny on the Bounty and including the mutinies on America's big carriers during the Vietnam war .
Naval Fragments: Beginning with operations against the Mad Mullah of Somaliland and focusing on the locals' knowledge of aircraft before they had seen one the author follows with stories of HMS Highflyer in the Persian Gulf in 1907, HMS Fox and the locally built gunboats HMS Jackdaw and HMS Heron on the Freetown and HMS Vestal on the China Station in 1904
BRITANNIA at DARTMOUTH by Captain S. W. C. Pack: The cadet training ship Britannia which had been lying in the beautiful River Dart for a third of a century. Great Britain has reason to be very proud of those distinguished seamen who saved her from invasion on numerous occasions. In the last 50 years she has survived two world wars, thanks mainly to a Navy that produced men like Fisher, Jellicoe and Beatty, and later, Cunningham, Fraser and Mountbatten, and many more.
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BRITISH CARRIER AVIATION The Evolution of the Ships and their Aircraft: From the seaplane carriers of 1914 to the success of the Falklands Taskforce the record of the Royal Navy carriers and naval aircraft for innovation and operational achievement has been unequalled among world navies. It is a record which has been maintained against a background of often limited resources and a British role in the world which has changed dramatically since 1918.
THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY by Leslie Gardiner: Naval Administration has been a rather neglected branch of naval studies, but the Admiralty evolved to manage the Royal Navy, which enforced Britain’s foreign policy and created an Empire.
THE MAN AROUND THE ENGINE: Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly R.N :Most naval autobiographies are written on deck: here is one from boiler and engine room to an accompaniment of falling bombs shuddering through a steel hull. Admiral Le Bailly's story covers Dartmouth, HMS Hood and then as an initially unwilling engineer, he joins the light cruiser HMS Naiad until she is torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1942. After teaching at Manadon, Le Bailly is present at Japan's surrender aboard HMS Duke of York. As a rebel against Admiralty design departments' hidebound practices he is temporarily excommunicated. His career picks up as Naval Attache in Washington then Director-General of Intelligence for all three Services in London — the first engineer to hold such posts.
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The sailor's rum ration, known in the service as 'Nelson's Blood', was an integral part of the life and image of the Royal Navy. When the Admiralty decided to abolish naval rum in 1970, so ended a tradition that stretched back over 300 years.
Warships 1860-1970 by Captain J. M. Thornton - This collection of drawings is presented as a unique record of a most exciting period of naval history — the last 100 years. The illustrations trace the development and deployment of modern warships, highlighting some of the less well-known incidents and facets that make the subject so fascinating.
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THE JACK AND THE ENSIGN by Gordon Charles Read is the story of the common people who served the Jack and Ensign, 'Jack', 'Jenny' and 'Royal'. Their traditions, their fears, and their simple pleasures at sea and ashore. What they gave and still give for 'God, Monarch and Country'.
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Click to go to David Woodward's "Sunk! How the Great Battleships Were Lost" page at!
Click for more on Richard Compton-Hall's " Submarine Boats ".
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This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of power projection ashore. Michael Evans describes all aspects of amphibious operations from planning to execution, including such elements as ship design, command and control and fire support for the landing force. With reference to many previous operations from Gallipoli to Grenada, he demonstrates how they can he the key to unlock military stalemate, if properly conceived and executed.
British Warship Designs since 1906 is a vigorous appraisal of the Royal Navy's ships and their effectiveness in combat. It considers the performance of ships in service as much as their design specifications, challenges the reputation of several vessels and types, and in particular examines the relationship between actual design and other features in the failure of warships to reach a satisfactory operational performance.
J. J. Tall and Paul Kemp's 'HM Submarines in Camera' gives a graphic view of life in British submarines which have been an integral part of the Royal Navy for the past 100 years — submarines that range from the tiny 'Holland' class designed in Queen Victoria's reign, to the monstrous `Vanguard' class of the nuclear age.
FROM FISHER TO THE FALKLANDS by Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly:In the early part of this century, Admiral Lord Fisher of Kilverstone sought to rouse the Royal Navy by harnessing new technology to warship design and operation. The author was a contemporary of some of the most brilliant engineering revolutionaries of the century, who strove to continue with Fisher's reforms in the face of opposition from the establishment and Naval diehards. The near failure of the fleet to keep the country from starvation in two world wars led to drastic reorganisation in the 1950s and 1960s to produce the technologically advanced Navy of today
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The History of the British ' U ' CLASS Submarine by Derek Walters: Originally designed in 1934 as a small simple submarine for anti-submarine training, the 'U' Class submarine's career turned out to be far more dramatic and valuable than that. On the onset of the War it was first adapted for patrolling home waters but, by the close of hostilities six years later, boats of the Class had served world-wide with seven different navies. Its contribution was never more successful than in the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean, where their operations were a major factor in the defeat of Rommel's Afrika Corps.
The Wreck of the Memphis The Wreck of the Memphis by CAPT EDWARD L. BEACH USN: One of the largest battle cruisers ever built by the United States Navy, the Memphis, was utterly wrecked in one of the worst catastrophes ever recorded in naval history. Now, in the swift, vivid prose which distinguished his best-selling book RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP, Captain Beach tells the full story of the Memphis, of the man (his father) who commanded her, and of the court- martial which shattered a brilliant naval career.
In the age of sail, boats were an essential part of any ship's equipment. They moved stores, towed the ship in calms and in confined waters, and, for warships, were an extension of their armament. With the advent of steam the diversity of boats became even greater. Over the centuries there were almost countless sizes, hull forms and rigs employed, so the exact details have always been a problem to modelmakers, marine artists and even those building replicas. D. K. Brown, the author, held increasingly important posts with the Admiralty's warship research establishments ultimately becoming Head of Ship Design Policy and in this detailed book succinctly describes the reasoning behind the Royal Navy's warship requirements from the Victorian era to the Falklands and beyond.
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Click here to go to Richard Deacon's " A Silent War " - The History of Western Naval Intelligence page at !
With “The influence of law on sea power” Professor  D. P. O’Connell, for the first time, studied the role of international law in naval planning and his findings have been absorbed into operating procedures now adopted by Western navies. Interestingly for naval students his research throws new light on actions such as the battle of the river Plate, Altmark incident, unrestricted submarine warfare and the US Navy mining off Vietnam revealing the underestimated importance of the legal factors involved.

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