Written by america's leading authority, it is an objective but sympathetic view of the difficult economic and political environment in which British designers had to work, and benefits from the author's ability to compare and contrast the US Navy's experience. Norman friedman is renowned for his ability to explain the policy and strategy changes that drive design decisions, and his latest book uses previously unpublished material to draw a new and convincing picture of British naval policy over the previous seventy years and more.
British Destroyers & Frigates: The Second World War & After #ad - Hugely successful with enthusiasts and professionals alike from its first publication in 2006, this is the book's third edition.
The British Battleship 1906-1946Seaforth Publishing #ad - The british battleship is one of the most intensely studied of all naval topics, but it is also among the most popular. His latest book covers the development of royal navy capital ships, including battlecruisers, from the pre-history of the revolutionary Dreadnought of 1906 to the last of the line, HMS Vanguard in 1946.
. Friedman has the ability to bring new ideas to even the most over-worked subjects, based on extensive original research and a talent for explaining technology in the wider context of politics, economics and strategy. Norman friedman is one of the most highly regarded of all naval writers, with an avid following for his work.
The British Battleship 1906-1946 #ad - Therefore, a new book on british battleships by Friedman is a major event, and has been eagerly awaited ever since knowledge of the project began to circulate among enthusiasts. Replete with original insights, the story that emerges will enlighten and surprise even the most knowledgeable. The attraction of the book is enhanced by sets of specially commissioned plans of the important classes by John Roberts and A D Baker III, both renowned experts in their own right, plus a colour section featuring the original Admiralty draughts, including a spectacular double gatefold.
For many with an interest in warships, this will be the book of the year.
British Cruisers: Two World Wars and AfterSeaforth Publishing #ad - Above all other types, the cruiser’s competing demands of quality and quantity placed a heavy burden on designers, and for most of the inter-war years Britain sought to square this circle through international treaties restricting both size and numbers. For most of the twentieth century Britain possessed both the world’s largest merchant fleet and its most extensive overseas territories.
In the process she virtually invented the heavy cruiser and inspired the large 6in-armed cruiser, neither of which, ironically, served her best interests. For the first time this book seeks to comprehend the full policy background, from which a different and entirely original picture emerges of British cruiser development.
British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After #ad - After the war the cruiser’s role was reconsidered and the final chapters of the book cover modernisations, the plans for missile-armed ships and the convoluted process that turned the ‘through-deck cruiser’ into the Invincible class light carriers. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Royal Navy always showed a particular interest in the cruiser – a multi-purpose warship needed in large numbers to defend trade routes and police the empire.
With detailed appendices of ship data, and illustrated in depth with photos and A D Baker’s specially commissioned plans, British Cruisers truly matches the lofty standards set by Friedman’s previous books on British destroyers.
Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactic and TechnologySeaforth Publishing #ad - It was essentially a struggle about access to worldwide resources, most clearly seen in the desperate German attempts to deal with the American industrial threat, which ultimately levered the United States into the war, and thus a consequence of British sea control. Rn this radical new book concentrates on the way in which each side tried to use or deny the sea to the other, and in so doing it describes rapid wartime changes not only in ship and weapon technology but also in the way naval warfare was envisaged and fought.
Combat produced many surprises: some, are familiar, like the impact of the mine and torpedo, but this book also brings to light many previously unexplored subjects, like creative new tactical practices and improved command and control. Rn the contrast between expectation and reality had enormous consequences not only for the course of the war but also for the way navies developed afterwards.
Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactic and Technology #ad - This book melds strategic, technical, and tactical aspects to reveal the First World War from a fresh perspective, but also demonstrates how its perceived lessons dominated the way navies prepared for the Second. The overriding image of the first world war is the bloody stalemate of the Western Front, but although much of the action did occur on land, the overall shape of the war – even the inevitability of British participation – arose out of its maritime character.
Rebuilding the Royal Navy: Warship Design Since 1945Seaforth Publishing #ad - It covers the ambitious plans for the conversion or replacement of the bigger ships; looks at all the new construction, to submarines including nuclear and strategic, through destroyers and frigates, from aircraft carriers, to minesweepers and small craft. The authors pay particular attention to the innovations introduced, and analyses the impact of the Falklands War.
At the start of the twenty-first century the Royal Navy is still a powerful and potent force with new and a number of innovative classes, both surface and sub-surface, coming on stream. In this volume the author covers the period in which he himself worked as a Naval Constructor, while this personal knowledge is augmented by George Moore’s in-depth archival research on recently declassified material.
Rebuilding the Royal Navy: Warship Design Since 1945 #ad - The rn fleet in 1945 was old and worn out, while new threats and technologies, and post-war austerity called for new solutions. How designers responded to these unprecedented challenges is the central theme of this book. This book offers a fascinating insight into how the post-war fleet developed and adapted to the changing role of the Navy.
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 development of Royal Navy’s ships from the 1850s to the Falklands War.
Schnellboote: A Complete Operational HistorySeaforth Publishing #ad - It was in the english channel, that they scored their most notable successes, however, destroying some forty warships and more than one hundred merchant ships. The kriegsmarine's schnellboote – fast attack boats or E-boats to the Allies – were the primary German naval attack units in coastal waters throughout the Second World War.
Operating close to their various bases they became a devastatingly effective weapon in nearly all the Kriegsmarine's theatres of war, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. In addition to interception and attack, they were also used for minelaying, landing sabotage troops and general escort duties.
There has been, to date, no comprehensive operational history of the S-boat service in all the theatres in which it saw service, but due to the relatively small number of units it is possible to recount the duties and fates of each individual craft and in this new book the author examines the career of each in detail.
Schnellboote: A Complete Operational History #ad - In addition, and the smaller s-boats, operations alongside the commando units of the Kleinkampfverbande are covered, designed primarily for their use, are described. As the war progressed, s-boats suffered from the increased Allied mastery of the seas and skies but they were a formidable foe right to the end; this new book is the first to do full justice to their record of success.
Seaforth World Naval Review 2017Seaforth Publishing #ad - Besides the latest warship projects, it also looks at wider issues of importance to navies, such as aviation and electronics, and calls on expertise from around the globe to give a balanced picture of what is going on and to interpret its significance. This annual has an established reputation as an authoritative but affordable summary of all that has happened in the naval world in the previous twelve months.
There are also technological reviews dealing with naval aviation by David Hobbs with a focus on the present state of the RNs Fleet Air Arm, while Norman Friedman surveys naval surface-to-surface missiles. The world naval review is intended to make interesting reading as well as providing authoritative reference, so there is a strong visual emphasis, including specially commissioned drawings and the most up-to-date photographs and artists impressions.
Seaforth World Naval Review 2017 #ad - Features of this edition include an in-depth analysis of the royal Netherlands Navy, and the JMSDFs Akizuki class destroyers, while Significant Ships will cover the USNs radical new Zumwalt class destroyers, the Republic of Koreas amphibious assault ship Dokdo, among others. It combines regional surveys with one-off major articles on noteworthy new ships and other important developments.
For anyone with an interest in contemporary naval affairs, whether an enthusiast or a defense professional, this annual has become required reading.
The Kaiser's Battlefleet: German Capital Ships 1871-1918Seaforth Publishing #ad - Heavily illustrated with line work and photographs, the book offers readers a fresh visual look at these ships, many from German sources, beyond the limited range of images available from UK sources. A key objective of the book is to make available a full synthesis of the published fruits of archival research by German writers found in the pre-WW2 books of Koop & Breyer on WW1 projects, Großmer’s on the construction programme of the dreadnaught era, and Schenk & Schmolke, Forstmeier & Nottelmann’s papers in Warship International.
This new book fills an important gap in the literature of the period by covering these German capital ships in detail and studying the full span of battleship development during this period. The book is arranged as a chronological narrative, with technical details, construction schedules and ultimate fates tabulated throughout, thus avoiding the sometimes disjointed structure that can result from a class-by-class approach.
The Kaiser's Battlefleet: German Capital Ships 1871-1918 #ad - As well as providing data not available in English-language books, these sources correct significant errors in the ‘standard’ English sources. This entirely fresh study will appeal to historians of WWI German naval developments as well as to enthusiasts and model makers. The battleships of the third reich have been written about exhaustively, but there is little in English devoted to their predecessors of the Second Reich.
British Battleships 1919-1945: WWII Evolution of the Big GunsSeaforth Publishing #ad - For this new edition the author has added some 75 new photographs, many of them having never appeared in print before, and the book has been completely redesigned to fully exploit the superb photo collection. A delight for the historian, enthusiast and ship modeller, it is a volume that is already regarded as an essential reference work for this most significant era in naval history and ship design.
This superb reference book achieved the status of ‘classic’ soon after its first publication in 1993; it was soon out of print and is now one of the most sought-after naval reference books. And with good reason. Offering an unprecedented range of descriptive and illustrative detail, the author describes the evolution of the battleship classes through all their modifications and refits.
British Battleships 1919-1945: WWII Evolution of the Big Guns #ad - As well as dealing with design features, he also looks in detail at the aircraft carrier conversions of the WWI battlecruisers Furious, armour, machinery and power plants and weaponry, he also examines the performance of the ships in battle and analyses their successes and failures; and as well as covering all the RN’s battleships and battlecruisers, Glorious and Courageous.
British battleships 1919-1939 is a masterpiece of research and the comprehensive text is accompanied by tabular detail and certainly the finest collection of photographs and line drawings ever offered in such a book.
Fighters Over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold WarSeaforth Publishing #ad - It describes the earliest efforts from the 1920s but it was not until radar allowed the direction of fighters that organized air defense became possible. Thus major naval-air battles of the second World War like Midway, the Pedestal convoy, the Philippine Sea and Okinawa are portrayed as tests of the new technology.
This was ultimately found wanting by the Kamikaze campaigns, which led to postwar moves towards computer control and new kinds of fighters. After 1945 the novel threats of nuclear weapons and standoff missiles compounded the difficulties of naval air defense and the second half of the book covers RN and USN attempts to solve these problems, looking at US experience in Vietnam and British operations in the Falklands War.
Fighters Over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War #ad - This is an account of the evolution of naval fighters for fleet air defense and the parallel evolution of the ships operating and controlling them, the US Navy, concentrating on the three main exponents of carrier warfare, the Royal Navy, and the Imperial Japanese Navy. It concludes with the ultimate us development of techniques and technology to fight the Outer Air Battle in the 1980s, which in turn point to the current state of carrier fighters and the supporting technology.
Based largely on documentary sources, some previously unused, this book will appeal to both the naval and aviation communities.
The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945Seaforth Publishing #ad - Actions against convoys and e-boats, an impossible sortie against scharnhorst and gneisenau as they ran the gauntlet through the Straits in February 1942, often under the shadows of French cliffs, the attack on St Nazaire, and the defensive and offensive roles taken on by MTBs during the D-Day landings are just some of the events covered in the book.
The bravery of the crews of these small ships became legendary and the casualties that were suffered during brief and fierce encounters were horrific. This is the story of the struggle for the control of the narrow seas of the Channel and the southern North Sea during the Second World War, told by Peter Scott who, as a MTB commander, saw action against the enemy throughout the course of the War.
The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945 #ad - The book is much more than a memoir and tells the whole story of the wide-ranging conflict against the Germans, fought in the congested waters of the Channel. A much-needed new edition. As the war dragged on motor torpedo boats became household words, often described, perhaps a little luridly in the press, and their activities, helped to raise the morale of the nation in much the same way that the fighter aircraft had done in the Battle of Britain in September 1940.