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The Littorio Class The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean River Gunboats Henry Harwood

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HMS Gannet Italian Naval Camouflage of World War II British Battleships of the Victorian Era Hitler’s ‘Wonder’ U-Boats

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Weapons of Desperation The Four Days’ Battle of 1666 Great Naval Battles of the Ancient Greek World The Lost Story of the Ocean Monarch

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In the spotlight: That Hamilton Woman

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That Hamilton Woman – Emma and Nelson by Barry Gough.

Emma Hamilton, much maligned by her contemporaries and later by historians and commentators, rose from the most humble beginnings to play a startling role in Britain’s naval victory over France and Spain in 1805. In this new book Barry Gough, employing the letters between the protagonists, and the unpublished examination of her career by famed American historian of the Royal Navy Arthur Marder, strongly defends Emma. He shows how this most talented of women and the beauty of her age fell victim to innuendo, slander and cruel caricature. She was to die in poverty in Calais in 1815, just months before Napoleon’s final defeat.

England’s greatest sailor fell deeply in love with Emma in the years before Trafalgar. This, together with his quest for glory and victory entangled him in an inescapable web of circumstances and calumny. The author explores the evolving scandal, the high political stakes that were involved, and the love affair itself which so influenced the fortunes of England’s glory and the fate of her Wooden Walls. No novelist could have created such a tortuous scenario, charged as it was with high emotions, slurs, insults and slander.

Richly illustrated throughout, the book shows Emma, probably the most painted woman of her age, in all her glories; it also shows how heartlessly caricaturists treated her. ‘That Hamilton woman’ will long remain a controversial figure but here the author places her as one of the forces that gave the Royal Navy its will to fight and conquer. He depicts sympathetically a woman entrapped in circumstances of her own making, her saga reminding us of how frail is human fortune.

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31 May – 1 June 1916: The Battle of Jutland
Skagerrak Jutland – The Unfinished Battle After Jutland

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The Battle of Jutland The Great War at Sea: A Naval Atlas 1914-1919 Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty

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The Jutland Scandal Voices From Jutland Jutland: The Naval Staff Appreciation

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99p eBook: Voices from the Past – The Battle of Jutland

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Voices From the Past: The Battle of Jutland – History’s Greatest Sea Battle Told Through Newspaper Reports, Official Documents and the Accounts of Those Who Were There by Richard Osborne, only 99p for Kindle and ePub editions.

Since the days of the Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Navy had been the acknowledged as the most powerful maritime force on the planet. Britain could boast more warships, and particularly more Dreadnoughts and battle-cruisers than any other nation. But the Germans had undertaken an enormously-expensive ship-building programme designed to place the Kaiserliche Marine on an equal footing with the Royal Navy. Since the outbreak of war between the two nations in 1914, the British public had waited in eager anticipation for the moment when the opposing battlefleets would meet at sea.

After a number of smaller engagements, major elements of the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet, finally faced each other across the grey seas of the North Sea off Jutland. Instead of the great victory that the British expected, the result was disappointingly inconclusive, with the Grand Fleet losing more men and more ships than the Germans.

In this insightful and unique investigation into the battle, naval historian Richard Osborne draws on the words of the key players to resolve the many disputes, controversies and myths that have surrounded this battle throughout the intervening 100 years.

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