The 2019 edition of the Cruising Association’s guide Cruising the Inland Waterways of France and Belgium has just been published.
Sometimes I feel it’s hard to keep up with all the excellent maritime/military titles being published. Last year I highlighted a selection of these books that especially appealed to me and I hope you found some titles of interest in my regular BookPick blogs. I’m kicking off the New Year with three fascinating and superbly illustrated reference works on various types of sea vessels – along with a book on the Peninsular War and a moving account of the tragic loss of HMS Truculent. Happy Reading!
The USS Nevada was the first modern super-dreadnought for the US Navy, her keel laid in 1912. The Nevada was a survivor, surviving the First World War, the naval reduction treaties of the 1920s, her sinking at Pearl Harbor and her service during WWII in the North Atlantic and during the landings in France. – Highly Recommended
The UAV is by no means a new concept but it has now come of age. The development of unmanned systems has long been regarded as a desirable capability in war because it reduces human casualties and can operate in conditions where a manned vehicle would not be deployed, but it is not without its own issues. – Most Highly Recommended
The Battleground Series has set new standards for WWI Battlefield Guides. The US Expeditionary Force was formed quickly on America’s entry into WWI but it had only a short window to prove itself. – Highly Recommended
This is a highly original work that covers battleships across the World’s navies. The Line of Battle ship emerged as the principle naval weapon that was the key to naval engagements for some three hundred years. The steam powered successors were to last little more than 100 years and were replaced as THE capital ship by the aircraft carrier in WWII. – Strongly Recommended