Bookpick : War at Sea

Bookpick : War at Sea

by BigJules

Although my primary interest is in the Age of Fighting Sail, having served in two navies – the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy – I’m also interested in books about ships and weapons of around my time and before at sea. My selection for this blog includes a fascinating reassessment of the deliberate scuttling of fifty-four warships of the German High Seas Fleet; a tribute to the last British battleship HMS Vanguard; Norman Friedman’s analysis of British submarines in both world wars, and two volumes on the John Lambert Collection. I commend these titles to you and hope that students of naval history, ship modellers, maritime enthusiasts and even my old shipmates alike will find something of interest below.

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The Last British Battleship, HMS Vanguard 1946-1960

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The only sadness about HMS Vanguard was that she was not preserved at the end of her service life. This last British battleship included much novelty and was a fine sea keeper. On exercise with US battleships she was able to continue and fight in the face of storms that defeated the US warships – Very Highly Recommended

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The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet, From Mutiny to Scapa Flow

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The German High Seas Fleet was a major investment that failed to provide a return, a sad part of German history. This balanced account of a chapter in history that has received remarkably little attention but left a dark stain on the record of German arms – Very Highly Recommended

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Chieftain, British Cold War Main Battle Tank

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The popular Tank Craft series is aimed primarily at the modeller and model engineer but its subject coverage has been making it very popular with military history enthusiasts also. This new addition to the series covers the British Chieftain Main Battle Tank – Very Highly Recommended

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Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, Peterborough in the Great War

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This addition to a very popular series is written by a local East Anglian author, of obvious interest to all those who live in and around Peterborough, but also to anyone with an interest in WWI history. The author has produced a charming account of the changes to Peterborough through the Great War. There is good illustration through the body of the book – Very Highly Recommended

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Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece, A Guide To Their History, Topography And Archaeology

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This book provides a carefully researched guide to twenty battles from Marathon to Actium. The authors have crafted a very readable guide, supported by a fine collection of images – Very Highly Recommended

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