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Nelson - Britannia's God of War (Paperback, Main): Andrew Lambert Nelson - Britannia's God of War (Paperback, Main)
Andrew Lambert 2
R356 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R74 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nelson explores the professional, personal, intellectual and practical origins of the man's genius, to understand how the greatest warrior that Britain has ever produced transformed the art of conflict, and enabled his country to survive the challenge of total war and international isolation. The most authoritative biography of Nelson from Britain's foremost naval warfare historian Very well received in hardback A blockbuster paperback edition to reach all fans of historical adventure and military history 2005 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

Neglected Skies - The Demise of British Naval Power in the Far East, 1922-1942 (Hardcover): Angus Britts Neglected Skies - The Demise of British Naval Power in the Far East, 1922-1942 (Hardcover)
Angus Britts
R698 R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Save R72 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Neglected Skies is a reconsideration of one of the Second World War's most forgotten naval engagements - the abortive clash between the British Eastern Fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy's First Air Fleet (Kido Butai) to the south of Ceylon, over a period of ten days in late March/early April 1942. The focus upon this battle is for the purpose of exploring the surrender of British naval supremacy from the operational perspective, most particularly the inability of the British Admiralty over two decades to develop a first-line, carrier-borne air arm. By primarily analysing the evolution of British naval aviation during the interwar period, as well as the challenges which the peacetime Royal Navy was forced to confront, most especially in the fields of international arms-limitation and domestic fiscal restraint, a picture emerges of a battlefleet which entered war in September 1939 at considerably less that a primary state of combat readiness. Likewise, the publication examines the rise of the instrument which was primarily responsible for toppling the Royal Navy from its paramount position on the battlefield - namely the development of Japan's lethal first strike instrument known as the Kido Butai. The concentration of the IJN's six largest aircraft-carriers into a single striking force, equipped with state-of-the-art aircraft manned by elite aviators, represented an enormous quantum leap forward in warfighting at sea, and the evolution of both the concept, and its material components in a domestic atmosphere permeated by aggressive militarism, is a central component in the book. Two essential conclusions are reach by the author. The first is that the demise of British naval supremacy was first and foremost a process that spanned two decades, prior to coming to fruition in the Indian Ocean in April 1942. The second is that the story of British naval and imperial decline did not end with the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, but rather reached its climax in the subsequent conduct of Japan's Operation C, where for the first time in history, a British fleet was compelled to retire from the battlefield in the face of opposition from a force which, though similar in size, possessed a measure of modern aerial firepower which was quite beyond the capability of the British to effectively counter in any form then available to the British Admiralty.

Riddle of the Waves (Hardcover): Steven Price Brown Riddle of the Waves (Hardcover)
Steven Price Brown
R455 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Ireland - every crewmember aboard the Spirit of Falmouth had served in one of these trouble spots, had had almost unimaginably traumatic experiences there, and then had trouble readjusting to civilian life. Some were hospitalised, others ended up living on the streets, many of them found themselves alone and isolated. This unique and inspiring account follows the Spirit of Falmouth's June 2016 voyage around the country these men had sworn to protect. The tall ship is the last remaining Merseyside Pilot Schooner, and the voyage was organised by veterans' charity Turn To Starboard to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the pilot service. The route took the men from Falmouth back to Liverpool, where the service started in 1766, the long way. For many of the men it was a pilgrimage, visiting the places they cherish, family homes, spiritual places, the homes of their heroes. It was a chance for each of them all to finally put to bed the issues they all faced when returning to civilian life. Sailing proved to be greatly restorative, helping them to find purpose in their lives, friendship after months of isolation and finally to regain their sense of worth. This is the story of the Spirit of Falmouth's crew - dramatic, uplifting, moving, and told with the inevitable darkly hilarious humour of those who have served.

Pirate Alley - Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia (Paperback): Terry McKnight, Michael Hirsh Pirate Alley - Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia (Paperback)
Terry McKnight, Michael Hirsh
R661 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R67 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) served as Commander, Counter-Piracy Task Force-Gulf of Aden. He wrote the first draft of the Navy's handbook on fighting piracy while serving as the initial commander of Combined Task Force 151, an international effort to deploy naval vessels from several nations in a manner designed to prevent piracy in the Gulf of Aden and farther out into the Indian Ocean. McKnight personally commanded operations that disrupted several hijackings in progress, and resulted in the capture of sixteen Somali pirates. That's when he ran head-on into the bizarre U.S. policy of catch-and-release, and realized that there's a lot more to fighting piracy than just catching some skinny youngsters armed with AK-47s and RPGs. After his tour in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, he retired from the Navy and began seriously researching the subject. As a result, he and his co-author, journalist Michael Hirsh, have put together a very readable book that serves as a comprehensive introductory course on the subject. Pirate Alley includes a behind-the-scenes look at the SEAL Team 6 takedown of the pirates who had kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. It also reveals what a young PhD candidate from Duke University found during three months on the ground in Somali pirate villages. Pirate Alley explores every aspect of Somali piracy, from how the pirates operate to how the actions of a relative handful of youthful criminals and their bosses have impacted the world economy. The book examines various answers to the question "How do you solve a problem like Somalia?" It explores the debate over the recently adopted practice of putting armed guards aboard merchant ships, and focuses on the best management practices that are changing the ways that ships are outfitted for travel through what's known as the High Risk Area. Readers will learn that the consequence of protecting high quality targets such as container ships and crude oil carriers may be that pirates turn to crime on land, such as the kidnapping of foreigners. Pirate Alley also focuses on the worldwide economic impact of piracy, noting that despite claims that piracy is costing as much as $13 billion a year, one of the largest commercial shipping companies argues that over-reaching national and international shipping regulations have a significantly greater negative effect on the world's economy than does piracy. In the book's conclusion, McKnight contends that, in the interest of justice, nations need to beef up their ability to prosecute and imprison captured pirates. And that the United States has no choice but to continue to hew to a policy that was first stated in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution: The Congress shall have Power...to define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations.

The Unsinkable Titanic - The Triumph Behind a Disaster (Paperback): Allen Gibson The Unsinkable Titanic - The Triumph Behind a Disaster (Paperback)
Allen Gibson
R504 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R109 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this unparalleled investigation that deconstructs the modern hindsight that has tainted Titanic's legacy, Allen Gibson presents a comprehensive history with a refreshing argument, that Titanic represented a considerable achievement in maritime architecture. Telling the story of the `unsinkable' ship against a backdrop of a tumultuous and rapidly emerging technological world, he exposes the people and the circumstances that contributed to the disaster, and the blame that went on in its aftermath. This expanded edition further unravels the mindset that willfully dispatched the world's largest ship out to sea with a famously deficient supply of lifeboats, and lays bare the technology so dramatically destroyed.

Crusoe's Island - A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness (Paperback, Main): Andrew Lambert Crusoe's Island - A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness (Paperback, Main)
Andrew Lambert 1
R272 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R80 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Originally named Juan Fernandez, the island of Robinson Crusoe in the South Pacific was the inspiration for Defoe's classic novel about the adventures of a shipwrecked sailor. Yet the complex story of Britain's relationship with this distant, tiny island is more surprising, more colourful and considerably darker. Drawing on voyage accounts, journal entries, maps and illustrations, acclaimed historian Andrew Lambert brings to life the voices of the visiting sailors, scientists, writers and artists, from the early encounters of the 1500s and the perilous journeys of the eighteenth-century explorers, to the naval conflicts of the First World War and the environmental concerns of more recent years. Crusoe's Island explores why we are still not willing to give up on the specks of land at the far ends of the earth.

Half-Hull Modeling - Step-by-step companion, from plans to finished model (Paperback): Greg Roessel Half-Hull Modeling - Step-by-step companion, from plans to finished model (Paperback)
Greg Roessel
R376 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R73 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
To Master the Boundless Sea - The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire (Hardcover): Jason W Smith To Master the Boundless Sea - The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire (Hardcover)
Jason W Smith
R788 Discovery Miles 7 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As the United States grew into an empire in the late nineteenth century, notions like ""sea power"" derived not only from fleets, bases, and decisive battles, but also from a scientific effort to understand and master the ocean environment. Beginning in the early nineteenth century and concluding in the first years of the twentieth, Jason W. Smith tells the story of the rise of the U.S. Navy and the emergence of American ocean empire through its struggle to control nature. In vividly told sketches of exploration, naval officers, war, and, most significantly, the ocean environment, Smith draws together insights from environmental, maritime, military, and naval history, and the history of science and cartography, placing the U.S. Navy's scientific efforts within a broader cultural context. By recasting and deepening our understanding of the U.S. Navy and the United States at sea, Smith brings to the fore the overlooked work of naval hydrographers, surveyors, and cartographers. In the nautical chart's soundings, names, symbols, and embedded narratives, Smith recounts the largely untold story of a young nation looking to extend its power over the boundless sea.

The Japanese Battleship Musashi (Paperback): Carlo Cestra The Japanese Battleship Musashi (Paperback)
Carlo Cestra
R658 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R175 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Maritime Academy Graduate - Memoir Of A Third Mate (Hardcover): Mark H Glissmeyer Maritime Academy Graduate - Memoir Of A Third Mate (Hardcover)
Mark H Glissmeyer
R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Britain'S Quest for Oil - The First World War and the Peace Conferences (Hardcover): Martin Gibson Britain'S Quest for Oil - The First World War and the Peace Conferences (Hardcover)
Martin Gibson
R775 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R214 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The First World War showed the vital importance of oil. Use of oil fuelled aircraft, tanks, motor vehicles and especially warships increased greatly during the war. The war made it clear that major powers had to have secure oil supplies. Britain and its allies found themselves in an oil crisis in 1917. It was overcome, with difficulty, and the Allies' greater oil resources, mostly supplied by the USA, contributed to their victory. The situation was, however, been tight and it was not certain that the USA would be willing or able to provide such large quantities in a future conflict. It might not be friendly and there were fears that its oil production would soon peak. These proved to be wrong, but they influenced policy makers, including US ones, at the time. The most obvious place to obtain oil supplies was the Mosul province of the Ottoman Empire. Britain had several reasons to want the League of Nations mandate over Iraq, but oil was the main reason why it wanted Mosul to be part of Iraq. France, Italy and the USA were all also interested in Mosul's oil. The Sykes-Picot Agreement, signed before the need for oil became apparent, had put only about half of Mosul in the British zone. Britain successfully argued at the series of post war peace and inter-Allied conferences that it should have the mandate over an Iraq that included all of Mosul. Britain made several attempts to form a large, British controlled oil company, but it was impossible to create a scheme that suited all parties or that guaranteed that the company would act in the national interest. A realisation that control of oil bearing territory was more important than the nationality of companies allowed the British to give French and US companies a stake in Mosul's oil. This helped to improve relations between Britain and these two countries. The Italians, who had little to offer in return, did not get a stake in Mosul's oil.Oil did not cause the First World War, but the war showed Britain and other major powers that they needed secure oil supplies. As Mosul was the obvious place to obtain them, this quest for oil helped shape the post war Middle East.

England as a Maritime Power (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Andrew D. Lambert England as a Maritime Power (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Andrew D. Lambert; Julian s. Corbett
R11,573 Discovery Miles 115 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sir Julian Corbett was the seminal thinker on British strategy. His great asset was the historical rigour he brought to his subject and his ability to draw out the larger patterns and ideas that informed the past. Corbett's work provides the first reliable overview of the development and application of strategy. The works that make up this set occupy a significant place in the evolution of his distinctive approach to his subject. Drake and the Tudor Navy and Successors of Drake are among the first truly modern naval histories, shifting the focus away from chronicles of smoked -filled battles full of heroics, to the interplay of national strategy, policy and operations. England in the Mediterranean stresses how a relatively small naval presence had exerted an influence far greater than mere numbers or battles would suggest. It establishes the key theme of Corbett's later thinking - the wider diplomatic importance of naval activity and the relative unimportance of fleet battle. The volumes contain an extensive introduction by leading scholar Professor Andrew Lambert.

The British Navy in the Baltic (Hardcover): John D. Grainger The British Navy in the Baltic (Hardcover)
John D. Grainger
R1,719 Discovery Miles 17 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the activities of the British navy in the Baltic Sea from the earliest times until the twentieth century. It traces developments from Anglo-Saxon times, through the medieval period when there were frequent disputes between English kings and the Hanseatic League, the seventeenth-century wars with the Dutch, and Britain's involvement in the Northern Wars in the early years of the eighteenth century. It considers in detail the major period of British involvement in the Baltic during the Napoleonic Wars, when the British navy fought the Danes, Napoleon's allies, and was highly effective in ensuring Sweden's neutrality and Russia's change of allegiance. It goes on to discuss British naval actions in the Baltic during the Crimean War and in the First World War and its aftermath. Throughout, the book relates naval actions to patterns of trade, to wider international politics, and to geographical factors such as winter sea ice and the shallow nature of the Baltic Sea. John D. Grainger is the author of numerous books for a variety of publishers, including five previously published books for Boydell and Brewer, including Dictionary of British Naval Battles and The First Pacific War: Britain and Russia, 1854-56.

Saltwater Slavery - A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora (Paperback): Stephanie E Smallwood Saltwater Slavery - A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora (Paperback)
Stephanie E Smallwood
R540 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R68 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This bold, innovative book promises to radically alter our understanding of the Atlantic slave trade, and the depths of its horrors. Stephanie E. Smallwood offers a penetrating look at the process of enslavement from its African origins through the Middle Passage and into the American slave market.Smallwood's story is animated by deep research and gives us a startlingly graphic experience of the slave trade from the vantage point of the slaves themselves. Ultimately, "Saltwater Slavery" details how African people were transformed into Atlantic commodities in the process. She begins her narrative on the shores of seventeenth-century Africa, tracing how the trade in human bodies came to define the life of the Gold Coast. Smallwood takes us into the ports and stone fortresses where African captives were held and prepared, and then through the Middle Passage itself. In extraordinary detail, we witness these men and women cramped in the holds of ships, gasping for air, and trying to make sense of an unfamiliar sea and an unimaginable destination. Arriving in America, we see how these new migrants enter the market for laboring bodies, and struggle to reconstruct their social identities in the New World.Throughout, Smallwood examines how the people at the center of her story-merchant capitalists, sailors, and slaves-made sense of the bloody process in which they were joined. The result is both a remarkable transatlantic view of the culture of enslavement, and a painful, intimate vision of the bloody, daily business of the slave trade.

A Week on the Broads - Four Victorian gents at sail on a Norfolk gaffer in 1889 (Hardcover): S.K. Baker A Week on the Broads - Four Victorian gents at sail on a Norfolk gaffer in 1889 (Hardcover)
S.K. Baker; Foreword by Michael Goffe 1
R272 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During their university holidays in the late 1880s, S.K. Baker and three of his University College friends clad in stripy blazers and boaters spent time sailing and camping on the Norfolk Broads. Baker, a keen artist and diarist, recorded their travels in watercolour in two small leather bound books. The result is an entirely charming, funny account along the lines of the legendary Three Men in a Boat with which the notebooks are entirely contemporaneous although the protagonists are younger and possibly naughtier. Baker records their evenings in the pub, their encounters with girls, (both ashore and afloat), nude swimming and culinary disasters, while recording lovingly the landscape and the boats on which they sailed. The notebook is published as a facsimile with an introduction by Michael Goffe, the son of one of Baker's fellow students, to whom it was gifted.

Maritime Royalty - The Queen Mary and the Cunard Queens (Paperback): William Miller Maritime Royalty - The Queen Mary and the Cunard Queens (Paperback)
William Miller
R528 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R117 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

2016 will be the 80th anniversary of the maiden voyage of one of the greatest of all ocean liners. The QUEEN MARY, constructed in the 1930s, sailed until 1967 and today lives on as a museum & hotel in southern California, is also one of the most famous ocean liners of all time. She was also heroic, serving valiantly in wartime, and altogether crossed the Atlantic more than 1000 times. Also, she was beloved favored by passengers and crew alike. Hollywood stars, as another example, just preferred the QUEEN MARY. She had an undefinable chemistry "Something in the woodwork that embraced everyone," according to one staff member. She was also part of Cunard, perhaps the most famous shipping line on the Atlantic. Along with a history of the QUEEN MARY, this book will look at her running-mate, the QUEEN ELIZABETH, as well as the subsequent QUEENS the QE2 and the current day QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN VICTORIA & QUEEN ELIZABETH. This book will be a salute to the QUEEN MARY, but also to the great QUEENS and to Cunard itself."

The Year 1000 - When Explorers Connected the World--And Globalization Began (Standard format, CD): Valerie Hansen The Year 1000 - When Explorers Connected the World--And Globalization Began (Standard format, CD)
Valerie Hansen; Read by Cynthia Farrell
R778 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R223 (29%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Short History of the Royal Navy, 1217-1815 - Volume 2 (Hardcover): David Hannay A Short History of the Royal Navy, 1217-1815 - Volume 2 (Hardcover)
David Hannay
R7,365 R5,329 Discovery Miles 53 290 Save R2,036 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

David Hannay endeavours to give a popular, but clear and not inaccurate, account of the growth, and services, of the Royal Navy. The books is divided into two volumes. The first volume begins with King John and ends at the Revolution of 1688. The second volume will give the history of the great struggle with France and her dependent allies, which began in 1689, and ended only when the time of great naval wars was over.

A Short History of the Royal Navy, 1217-1815 - Volume 1 (Hardcover): David Hannay A Short History of the Royal Navy, 1217-1815 - Volume 1 (Hardcover)
David Hannay
R7,363 R5,327 Discovery Miles 53 270 Save R2,036 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

David Hannay endeavours to give a popular, but clear and not inaccurate, account of the growth, and services, of the Royal Navy. The books is divided into two volumes. The first volume begins with King John and ends at the Revolution of 1688. The second volume will give the history of the great struggle with France and her dependent allies, which began in 1689, and ended only when the time of great naval wars was over.

The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22 - Naval and Foreign Policy under Lloyd George (Paperback): G.H. Bennett The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22 - Naval and Foreign Policy under Lloyd George (Paperback)
G.H. Bennett
R897 Discovery Miles 8 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book thoroughly explores and analyses naval policy during the period of austerity that followed the First World War. During this post-war period, as the Royal Navy identified Japan its likely opponent in a future naval war, the British Government was forced to "tighten its belt" and cut back on naval expenditure in the interests of "National Economy". G.H. Bennett draws connections between the early 20th century and the present day, showing how the same kind of connections exist between naval and foreign policy, the provision of ships for the Royal Navy, business and regional prosperity and employment. The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22 engages with a series of important historiographical debates relating to the history of the Royal Navy, the failures of British Defence policy in the inter-war period and the evolution of British foreign policy after 1919, together with more mundane debates about British economic, industrial, social and political history in the aftermath of the First World War. It will be of great interest to scholars and students of British naval history.

HMS Victory (Paperback): Jonathan Eastland HMS Victory (Paperback)
Jonathan Eastland
R397 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

HMS Victory is probably the best-known historic ship in the world. A symbol of the Royal Navy's achievements during the great age of sail, she is based in Portsmouth and seen by tens of thousands of visitors each year.As is the case for many historic ships, however, there is a surprising shortage of informative and well illustrated guides, for reference during a visit or for research by enthusiasts - ship modellers, naval buffs, historians or students. This new series redresses the gap. Written by experts and containing more than 200 specially commissioned photographs, each title will take the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of the ship, from bow to stern and deck by deck. Significant parts of the vessel - for example, the capstan, steering gear, armament, brody stove, cockpit, stern cabins - are given detailed coverage both in words and pictures, so that the reader has at hand the most complete visual record and explanation of the ship that exists.In addition, the importance of the ship, both in her own time and now as a museum vessel, is explained, while her design and build, her fighting career and her life prior to restoration and exhibition are all described. No other books offer such superb visual impact and detailed information as the Seaforth Historic Ship Series - a truly groundbreaking concept bringing the ships of our past vividly to life.Nominated for the 2011 Mountbatten awards.

In the Wake of Heroes - Sailing's Greatest Stories Introduced by Tom Cunliffe (Paperback): Tom Cunliffe In the Wake of Heroes - Sailing's Greatest Stories Introduced by Tom Cunliffe (Paperback)
Tom Cunliffe 1
R251 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R42 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tom Cunliffe is one of the biggest names in the sailing world - an internationally renowned journalist and speaker, and the go-to guru when the BBC wants a presenter for a new TV series about maritime interests. For the last ten years he has edited the 'Great Seamanship' column of Yachting World magazine. Each column features an extract from a classic yachting book that covers an aspect of great seamanship. Tom introduces each extract by giving insightful background on the writer, their book and what makes their experience so worth reading about - and learning from. This book comprises Tom's 40 favourite extracts, and covers the entire scope of yachting concerns, from small-boat handling to yacht racing to long-distance cruising and exploring. Introduced in Tom's quintessential lively, engaging fashion, and illustrated with photos both from the original books and Tom's own archives, this book contains a wealth of yachting wisdom and is a collection to be treasured.

The War for Muddy Waters - Pirates Terrorists Traffickers and Maritime Insecurity (Hardcover): Joshua Tallis The War for Muddy Waters - Pirates Terrorists Traffickers and Maritime Insecurity (Hardcover)
Joshua Tallis
R711 R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Save R71 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Historically, maritime security focuses on individual threats (e.g. piracy terrorism narcotics etc.) and individual measures to target them (e.g. counter-piracy counter-terrorism counter-narcotics). This book explores, for the first time, an overall strategy for maritime security integrating these issues into a single framework. To do so, the book begins with the observation that maritime security operations often have more in common with crime than war. We are therefore led to ask what lessons might the maritime services take from the study of policing in addition to the more traditional sources of naval strategy? In particular what insights might the maritime services glean from community policing and associated theories like Broken Windows? To help answer those questions, Tallis explores two central themes derived from their study. First, maritime security is multidimensional. Individual threats networks or crimes cannot be viewed in isolation--countering piracy for example should not be seen in opportunity costs to counter illegal fishing. Second, maritime security is context-specific and community-based. The relationship between local communities and local authorities their sense of agency and the type of policing to which they are subjected can all breed insecurity. These themes are then tested and validated across three case studies: the Caribbean the Gulf of Guinea and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. This exploration yields several findings. First, as maritime security threats rise in sophistication it will be increasingly appealing to apply military resources to counter them. However military operations and peacetime constabulary missions often require patently different ways of interacting with communities. Maritime forces must pay careful attention that the use of military resources does not inherently include the use of militarized tactics. Second, policymakers should elevate local partners. Just as police should let neighbourhoods help set the enforcement agenda so too should maritime forces prioritize local objectives. Such objectives may vary from those of the U.S. which leads to the third consideration multidimensionality--maritime issues are interrelated. Partnership is not zero-sum and pursuing a local agenda helps ensure long-term buy-in from local authorities and communities. Finally, do not neglect context and perceptions. Missions on the soft end of the spectrum are not as Tallis writes "ancillary to the broader strategic landscape but pivotal in its construction." In the littorals maritime forces routinely operate with and around communities. They should prioritize understanding and positively impacting local perceptions which is ultimately at the root of any community policing objective--the endeavour to help people feel as if they have a stake in their collective security.

The Lusitania Sinking - Eyewitness Accounts from Survivors (Hardcover): Richards Anthony The Lusitania Sinking - Eyewitness Accounts from Survivors (Hardcover)
Richards Anthony
R533 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R104 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"We went up on deck and were looking around when the awful crash came. The ship listed so much that we all scrambled down the deck and for a moment everything was in confusion. When I came to myself again I glanced around but could find no trace of Mr Prichard. He seemed to have disappeared." - Grace French The sinking of the Lusitania is an event that has been predominantly discussed from a political or maritime perspective. For the first time, The Lusitania Sinking tells the story in the emotive framework of a family looking for information on their son's death. On 1 May 1915, the 29-year-old student Preston Prichard embarked as a Second Class passenger on the Lusitania, bound from New York for Liverpool. By 2pm on the afternoon of 7 May, the liner was approaching the coast of Ireland when she was sighted by the German submarine U-20\. A single torpedo caused a massive explosion in the Lusitania's hold, and the ship began sank rapidly. Within 20 minutes she disappeared and 1,198 men, women and children, including Preston, died. Uncertain of Preston's fate, his family leaped into action. His brother Mostyn, who lived in Ramsgate, travelled to Queenstown to search morgues but could find nothing. Preston's mother wrote hundreds of letters to survivors to find out more about what might have happened in his last moments. The Lusitania Sinking compiles the responses received. Perhaps sensing his fate, Prichard had put his papers in order before embarking and told a fellow student where to find his will if anything happened to him. During the voyage, he was often seen in the company of Grace French, quoted above. Alice Middleton, who had a crush on him but was too shy to speak to him throughout the entire voyage, remembered that he helped her in reaching the upper decks during the last moments of the sinking: "[The Lusitania] exploded and down came her funnels, so over I jumped. I had a terrible time in the water, 41/2 hours bashing about among the wreckage and dead bodies... It was 10.30 before they landed me at the hospital in an unconscious condition. In fact, they piled me with a boat full of dead and it was only when they were carrying the dead bodies to the Mortuary that they discovered there was still life in me."

Crusoe's Island - A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness (Hardcover, Main): Andrew Lambert Crusoe's Island - A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness (Hardcover, Main)
Andrew Lambert 1
R533 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R123 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From an acclaimed naval historian, Crusoe's Island charts the curious relationship between the British and an island on the other side of the world: Robinson Crusoe, in the South Pacific.

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