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Pirates (Paperback): Terry Deary Pirates (Paperback)
Terry Deary; Illustrated by Martin Brown 1
R139 R97 Discovery Miles 970 Save R42 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this brilliant new edition of Pirates, Terry Deary reveals the terrible truth behind the lousy pirate legends and lies so forget the brave heroes swinging from masts and the handsome young men sailing the seven seas for this is history at its most horrible! Readers can: decide who was the baddest of the bunch in the top ten of putrid pirates discover why the women pirates were just as wicked as the men learn to talk the patter of a pirate Plus there are foul facts on the ships they sailed, the punishments they suffered and the rules they lived by. Now the nasty bits are at your fingertips!

The Ghost Ships of Archangel - The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis (Hardcover): William Geroux The Ghost Ships of Archangel - The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis (Hardcover)
William Geroux
R515 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R134 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Battle of The Nile - A Ladybird Expert Book (Hardcover): Sam Willis The Battle of The Nile - A Ladybird Expert Book (Hardcover)
Sam Willis 1
R204 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R66 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES - Why was the Battle of the Nile so decisive in the French Revolutionary Wars? - Why did the French believe they were unassailable? - And why did Nelson and the British win? TRACK the revolutionary roots and dramatic turning points of the British Royal Navy's glorious victory over the French naval expedition to Egypt. From Napoleon's rise to prominence to Nelson's celebrated tactical leadership, discover how this significant battle changed the face of the French Revolutionary Wars. THE BATTLE THAT CHANGED THE BALANCE OF POWER IN EUROPE Written by historian, archaeologist, and broadcaster Sam Willis, Nelson: Battle of the Nile is a thrilling and accessible account of the naval battle that established Nelson's fame.

Brothers Down - Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona (Hardcover): Walter R Borneman Brothers Down - Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona (Hardcover)
Walter R Borneman
R551 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R146 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A deeply personal and never-before-told account of one of America's darkest days, from the bestselling author of The Admirals and MacArthur at War. The surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 remains one of the most traumatic events in American history. America's battleship fleet was crippled, thousands of lives were lost, and the United States was propelled into a world war. Few realize that aboard the iconic, ill-fated USS Arizona were an incredible 79 blood relatives. Tragically, in an era when family members serving together was an accepted, even encouraged, practice, sixty-three of the Arizona's 1,177 dead turned out to be brothers. In Brothers Down, acclaimed historian Walter R. Borneman returns to that critical week of December, masterfully guiding us on an unforgettable journey of sacrifice and heroism, all told through the lives of these brothers and their fateful experience on the Arizona. Weaving in the heartbreaking stories of the parents, wives, and sweethearts who wrote to and worried about these men, Borneman draws from a treasure trove of unpublished source material to bring to vivid life the minor decisions that became a matter of life or death when the bombs began to fall. More than just an account of familial bonds and national heartbreak, what emerges promises to define a turning point in American military history.

Indianapolis (Paperback): Lynn Vincent Indianapolis (Paperback)
Lynn Vincent 1
R281 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R122 (43%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Extraordinary...serious naval history and a detective story, told with passion.' The Times 'Vividly detailed...compelling yet comprehensive.' Los Angeles Times 'Simply outstanding.' Booklist (starred review) 'Gripping... This yarn has it all.' USA Today The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is still the biggest single loss of life at sea to be suffered by the United States navy. From a crew of 1,196 men, only 317 survived. Torpedoed by the Japanese, dying of thirst and eaten by sharks. For 70 years, the story of the USS Indianapolis has been told as a sinking story, or a shark story, or a story of military justice gone awry. But in Indianapolis, the true story of this mighty vessel is revealed. As the USS Arizona embodies the beginning of the Pacific war, the USS Indianapolis embodies its fiery end. From its bridge, Admiral Raymond Spruance devised and executed the island-hopping campaign that decimated Japan's Navy and Army. Its crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbour to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an exotic and uncharted theatre of war. When the time came for President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call. And super-spy Major Robert S. Furman climbed aboard, secreting the components of the world's first atomic bomb. Four days after delivering her ominous cargo to the island of Tinian, the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine, with nearly 900 men lost. The captain, Charles B. McVay III, was wrongly court-martialled for negligence over the sinking. Decades after these events, the survivors of the Indianapolis, as well as the Japanese submarine commander who sank it, joined together to finally exonerate McVay.

Two Civil Wars - The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex (Hardcover):... Two Civil Wars - The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex (Hardcover)
Katherine Bentley Jeffrey
R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Ystervuis uit die See - Uiters Geheime Seewaartse Recce-operasies (1978-1988) (Afrikaans, Paperback): Arne Soderlund, Douw Steyn Ystervuis uit die See - Uiters Geheime Seewaartse Recce-operasies (1978-1988) (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Arne Soderlund, Douw Steyn
R295 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Gedurende die Grensoorlog het die Spesiale Magte se 4 Verkenningsregiment tientalle klandestiene seewaartse operasies saam met die SA Vloot uitgevoer. Van Cabinda in Angola tot Dar es Salaam in TanzaniŽ het hulle strategiese teikens soos oliedepots, vervoerinfrastruktuur en selfs Russiese skepe aangeval. Die bestaan van 4 Recce is grootliks geheim gehou, ook in die SAW.

Ystervuis uit die see beskryf 50 operasies deur 4 Recce, ander Spesmagte-eenhede en die SA Vloot. Daaronder tel Operasie Kerslig (1981), waartydens ’n operateur dood en ander beseer is in ’n aanval op ’n olieraffinadery in Luanda, en Operasie Argon (1985) toe kaptein Wynand du Toit in Angola gevange geneem is.

Die skrywers, wat self aan etlike van die operasies deelgeneem het, het ook toegang gekry tot uiters geheime dokumente wat intussen gedeklassifiseer is. Hul dramatiese vertellings wys hoe veelsydig en doeltreffend hierdie elite-eenheid was.

Die omvattende boek is ’n moet vir enigeen met ’n belangstelling in die Spesmagte. Dit neem jou na die hart van die aksie, die adrenalien en vrees van seewaartse operasies.

Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway (Hardcover): David Rigby Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway (Hardcover)
David Rigby
R589 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R144 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The story of the man who won the battle of Midway and avenged Pearl Harbor for the United States.

During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, US Navy dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky proved himself to be one of the greatest pilots and combat leaders in American history, but his story has never been told-until now.

It was Wade McClusky who remained calm when the Japanese fleet was not where it was expected to be. It was he who made the counterintuitive choice to then search to the north instead of to the south. It was also McClusky who took the calculated risk of continuing to search even though his bombers were low on fuel and may not have enough to make it back to the Enterprise. His ability to remain calm under enormous pressure played a huge role in the US Navy winning this decisive victory that turned the tide of war in the Pacific.

This book is the story of exactly the right man being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Wade McClusky was that man and this is his story.

Iron Dawn - The Monitor, the Merrimack and the Sea Battle that Changed History (Hardcover): Richard Snow Iron Dawn - The Monitor, the Merrimack and the Sea Battle that Changed History (Hardcover)
Richard Snow
R480 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R86 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Richard Snow, who `writes with verve and a keen eye' (The New York Times Book Review), tells the thrilling story of the naval battle that changed the future of all sea power. Few battles had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbour at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing ten heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack. The North got wind of the project when it was already advanced and, in desperation, commissioned an eccentric inventor called John Ericsson to build the Monitor, an entirely revolutionary iron warship. At the time, it was arguably the single most complicated machine ever made. Abraham Lincoln himself was closely involved with the ship's design. Rushed through to completion in just 100 days, it mounted only two guns; but they were housed in a shot-proof revolving turret. The ship hurried south from Brooklyn (and nearly sank twice on the voyage), only to find the Merrimack had already arrived with all guns blazing that morning, destroyed half the Union fleet - and would be back to finish the job the next day. When she returned, the Monitor was there. She fought the Merrimack to a standstill and saved the Union cause. As soon as word of the battle spread, the Royal Navy - the foremost sea power of the day - ceased work on all wooden ships. A thousand-year-old tradition ended and the path to the naval future opened. Richly illustrated with photos, maps, and engravings, Iron Dawn is the irresistible story of these incredible war machines. The story of the Merrimack and Monitor has never been told in such immediate, compelling detail.

USS California - A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship Bb-44 (Hardcover): David Doyle USS California - A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship Bb-44 (Hardcover)
David Doyle
R584 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R173 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44 The very first in a new series of value-priced hard cover horizontal format books on U.S. capital ships in the Second World War. Part of the "Extended" Visual History format, this 168 page book is packed with large, clear images of the USS California. Coverage begins with the laying of her keel in 1916 and continues with the ship's launching, commissioning and outfitting. The title then explores the ship's long history from her days in the "Blue Water Navy" to her sinking at Pearl Harbor using hundreds of detailed photos. Salvaged and refitted, the USS California was back in action at Saipan just 30 months later. The photographic coverage follows the history of the "Prune barge" all though her WWII experience right through to her decommissioning in 1959. The many photos are accompanied by beautifully rendered line drawings and color plates. An essential companion to the Trumpeter plastic kit.

Iron Coffins (Paperback, New Ed): Herbert A. Werner Iron Coffins (Paperback, New Ed)
Herbert A. Werner
R239 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R37 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A first hand account of the German U-boat battles of World War II, by one of the very few surviving commanders. This is a story of triumph, disaster and eventual survival against all odds. Herbert Werner was one of the few U-boat commanders whose skill, daring and incredible luck saw him safely through to the end of the war. His is an epic and chilling description of the fearful havoc wrought by one small U-boat on the Atlantic convoys. But easy success ebbed away in the face of ever-improving Allied detection and attack techniques. The hunters became the prey, to suffer appalling losses. Of 842 U-boats launched 779 were sunk, 'iron-coffins' to 28,000 men. Herbert Werner's graphic account of war waged from beneath the sea, of horror and cold, cruel death, is dedicated to the seamen of all nations who died in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Pirates - A New History, from Vikings to Somali Raiders (Hardcover): Peter Lehr Pirates - A New History, from Vikings to Somali Raiders (Hardcover)
Peter Lehr
R464 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A global account of pirates and their modus operandi from the middle ages to the present day In the twenty-first century piracy has regained a central place in Western culture, thanks to a surprising combination of Johnny Depp and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as well as the dramatic rise of modern-day piracy around Somalia and the Horn of Africa. In this global history of the phenomenon, maritime terrorism and piracy expert Peter Lehr casts fresh light on pirates. Ranging from the Vikings and Wako pirates in the Middle Ages to modern day Somali pirates, Lehr delves deep into what motivates pirates and how they operate. He also illuminates the state's role in the development of piracy throughout history: from privateers sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth to pirates operating off the coast of Africa taking the law into their own hands. After exploring the structural failures which create fertile ground for pirate activities, Lehr evaluates the success of counter-piracy efforts-and the reasons behind its failures.

The Deadly Trade - The Complete History of Submarine Warfare From Archimedes to the Present (Paperback): Iain Ballantyne The Deadly Trade - The Complete History of Submarine Warfare From Archimedes to the Present (Paperback)
Iain Ballantyne 1
R280 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R51 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Originally a puny craft, derided as being of no worth, the submarine evolved to become an assassin of the deep, capable of sinking mighty battleships and gigantic aircraft carriers. The cast of colourful and courageous characters includes a former monk who created submersible boats to assist the cause of Irtish liberation, a spy who hid Confederate submarine secrets in her bonnet during the American Civil War and many a daring young captain who perished along with he men they command. During the two world wars no corner of the globe was safe from the depredations of submarines. The spectacular (and terrifying) story continued with the Cold War into the 21st century, making the submarine the most powerful vessel ever built, carrying enough nuclear weapons to end life on Earth.

Hunter Killers - The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service (Paperback): Iain Ballantyne Hunter Killers - The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service (Paperback)
Iain Ballantyne 1
R309 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R48 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

HUNTER KILLER: a submarine designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes. HUNTER KILLERS will follow the careers of four daring British submarine captains who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe, their exploits consigned to the shadows until now. Their experiences encompass the span of the Cold War, from voyages in WW2-era submarines under Arctic ice to nuclear-powered espionage missions in Soviet-dominated seas. There are dangerous encounters with Russian spy ships in UK waters and finally, as the communist facade begins to crack, they hold the line against the Kremlin's oceanic might, playing a leading role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. It is the first time they have spoken out about their covert lives in the submarine service. This is the dramatic untold story of Britain's most-secret service.

Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks - Poems (Hardcover): W.Craig Gaines Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks - Poems (Hardcover)
W.Craig Gaines
R664 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R145 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

On the evening of February 2, 1864, Confederate Commander John Taylor Wood led 250 sailors in two launches and twelve boats to capture the USS Underwriter, a side-wheel steam gunboat anchored on the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina. During the ensuing fifteen-minute battle, nine Union crewmen lost their lives, twenty were wounded, and twenty-six fell into enemy hands. Six Confederates were captured and several wounded as they stripped the vessel, set it ablaze, and blew it up while under fire from Union-held Fort Anderson. The thrilling story of USS Underwriter is one of many involving the numerous shipwrecks that occupy the waters of Civil War history. Many years in the making, W. Craig Gaines's Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks is the definitive account of more than 2,000 of these American Civil War--period sunken ships. From Alabama's USS Althea, a Union steam tug lost while removing a Confederate torpedo in the Blakely River, to Wisconsin's Berlin City, a Union side-wheel steamer stranded in Oshkosh, Gaines provides detailed information about each vessel, including its final location, type, dimensions, tonnage, crew size, armament, origin, registry (Union, Confederate, United States, or other country), casualties, circumstances of loss, salvage operations, and the sources of his findings. Organized alphabetically by geographical location (state, country, or body of water), the book also includes a number of maps providing the approximate locations of many of the wrecks -- ranging from the Americas to Europe, the Arctic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Also noted are more than forty shipwrecks whose locations are in question.

Since the 1960s, the underwater access afforded by SCUBA gear has allowed divers, historians, treasure hunters, and archaeologists to discover and explore many of the American Civil War-related shipwrecks. In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, Gaines scoured countless sources -- from government and official records to sports diver and treasure-hunting magazines -- and cross-indexes his compilation by each vessel's various names and nicknames throughout its career.

An essential reference work for Civil War scholars and buffs, archaeologists, divers, and aficionados of naval history, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks revives and preserves for posterity the little-known stories of these intriguing historical artifacts.

Sea Wolves - The Extraordinary Story of Britain's WW2 Submarines (Paperback, Digital original): Tim Clayton Sea Wolves - The Extraordinary Story of Britain's WW2 Submarines (Paperback, Digital original)
Tim Clayton
R263 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R41 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sea Wolves is the story of the crews who bravely manned British submarines in the Second World War. This small band of highly trained and highly skilled individuals fought in the front line for six long years, undertaking some of the most dangerous missions of the war. Britain's Sea Wolves operated close to shore in mined waters, attacking warships and heavily guarded convoys. But in the course of these vital operations, the submariners suffered devastating casualties.This is the vivid, thrilling story of the survivors and their promising young comrades who fought with such courage, in the face of the sickening terror of depth-charge attacks and the cold fear of having to escape from a sunken submarine filled with the bodies of close friends.

Dreadnoughts - An Illustrated History (Paperback): Gerald Toghill Dreadnoughts - An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Gerald Toghill
R369 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R78 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Two things made the battleship possible: the harnessing of steam for propulsion and Britain's vast industrial power in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. With these two massive powerhouses available to ship designers, it was inevitable that change would come to the seas. For a short while France led the way with the launching of the Gloire, but Britain soon stole the limelight with the launch of HMS Warrior in 1863. The moment her keel hit the water the naval world was turned upside down and all other warships were rendered obsolete. But that event was as nought compared to the astonishing revolution in warship building caused by the launch in 1906 of the mighty Dreadnought. If Warriorhad caused a great upheaval, the impact of Dreadnought was positively Krakatoan. Such was her impact on the naval world that her very name became generic. All battleships built before her were classed as `pre-Dreadnought' and all battleships built post-1906 came to be known as `Dreadnoughts'. This is their story.

British Cruiser Warfare - The Lessons of the Early War, 1939-1941 (Hardcover): Alan Raven British Cruiser Warfare - The Lessons of the Early War, 1939-1941 (Hardcover)
Alan Raven
R1,072 R807 Discovery Miles 8 070 Save R265 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cruisers were the Navy's maids-of-all-work, employed in a greater variety of roles than any other warship type. Smaller, faster and far more numerous than battleships, they could be risked in situations where capital ships were too vulnerable, while still providing heavy gunfire support for smaller ships or anti-aircraft cover for the fleet. As such, they were in the frontline of the naval war from the outset - and from its first days, the fighting provided unexpected challenges and some very unpleasant surprises, not least the efficacy of air power. Cruisers learned to deal with these new realities in the Norway campaign and later in the Mediterranean, partly through the introduction of new technology - notably radar - but also by codifying the hard-won experience of those involved. This highly original book analyses the first years of the war when the sharpest lessons were learned, initially describing every action and its results, and then summarising in individual chapters the conclusions that could be drawn for the many aspects of a cruiser's duties. These include the main roles like surface gunnery, shore bombardment, anti-aircraft tactics and fighter direction, but also encompass technology like radar, asdic and shipborne aircraft, and even tackle more human issues such as shipboard organisation, damage control, the impact of weather and the morale factor. It also attempts to evaluate the importance of electronic warfare, intelligence and code-breaking, and concludes with a comparison between the performance of British cruisers and their Italian and German opponents. Thought-provoking and sometimes controversial, this is a book that should be read by everyone interested in the Second World War at sea.

The Royal Navy - 100 Years of Maritime Warfare in the Modern Age (Hardcover): Julian Thompson The Royal Navy - 100 Years of Maritime Warfare in the Modern Age (Hardcover)
Julian Thompson 1
R967 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R317 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book examines how the Royal Navy protected our shores and wider interests through the First World War and the one that was to follow, from the northern patrol lifelines of the Atlantic, Arctic and Mediterranean convoys and increasingly sophisticated amphibious operations that would mark it out in the Second. The book ends with chapters on The Falklands War and Royal Navy's anti-piracy role and involvement in humanitarian crises. This visually stunning volume is complemented by 15 loose facsimile documents that include letters and diary entries, war reports and other items of memorabilia that bring an immediacy to the events being described. Without the Royal Navy in two World Wars, Britain would have at best lost, and worst ceased to exist. This book salutes the services' incredible achievements over the last 100 years.

Warships (Hardcover): Robert Jackson Warships (Hardcover)
Robert Jackson
R593 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R138 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Illustrated with detailed artworks and full-colour photographs, Warships is a comprehensive study of the key warships built since the nineteenth century. Arranged chronologically, each vessel has a cutaway artwork labelled with key items of interest, and accompanying photographs showing both the ship's interior and exterior in detail. Each entry also has full design and development history, and descriptions of any active service. The book explores warships from the industrial age up to the latest hi-tech carrier, and includes numerous submarines as well as battleships from all the major naval powers. With detailed specifications for each vessel, all the major warships up to the present day are featured, including the Bismarck, the German U-boat, the Ark Royal and the Nimitz-class, making Warships an essential reference guide for modellers, military historians and naval enthusiasts.

Indianapolis (Hardcover): Lynn Vincent Indianapolis (Hardcover)
Lynn Vincent 1
R486 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R175 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Extraordinary...serious naval history and a detective story, told with passion.' The Times 'Vividly detailed...compelling yet comprehensive.' Los Angeles Times 'Simply outstanding.' Booklist (starred review) 'Gripping... This yarn has it all.' USA Today The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is still the biggest single loss of life at sea to be suffered by the United States navy. From a crew of 1,196 men, only 317 survived. Torpedoed by the Japanese, dying of thirst and eaten by sharks. For 70 years, the story of the USS Indianapolis has been told as a sinking story, or a shark story, or a story of military justice gone awry. But in Indianapolis, the true story of this mighty vessel is revealed. As the USS Arizona embodies the beginning of the Pacific war, the USS Indianapolis embodies its fiery end. From its bridge, Admiral Raymond Spruance devised and executed the island-hopping campaign that decimated Japan's Navy and Army. Its crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbour to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an exotic and uncharted theatre of war. When the time came for President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call. And super-spy Major Robert S. Furman climbed aboard, secreting the components of the world's first atomic bomb. Four days after delivering her ominous cargo to the island of Tinian, the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine, with nearly 900 men lost. The captain, Charles B. McVay III, was wrongly court-martialled for negligence over the sinking. Decades after these events, the survivors of the Indianapolis, as well as the Japanese submarine commander who sank it, joined together to finally exonerate McVay.

The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean - Vol.I: September 1939 - October 1940 (Hardcover, illustrated edition): David Brown The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean - Vol.I: September 1939 - October 1940 (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
David Brown; Foreword by Nigel Essenhigh
R2,152 Discovery Miles 21 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume deals with the first 15 months of the Mediterranean Campaign including the preparations for war and the entry of Italy into the war on 10th June 1940. The Royal Navy's attack on Oran on 3rd July resulted in the sinking of one French battleship and two others damaged with heavy loss of life while another one escaped to France. The attack, three days later on Mers-el-Kebir by carrier aircraft, damaged another French battleship in port. Also covered are the first battles against the Italian fleet at Calabria and Cape Spada which left one Italian battleship damaged and a heavy cruiser sunk. The account ends in August with the first Mediterranean convoy battle to run supplies from Gibraltar to Alexandria - Operation Hat.

Indianapolis - The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent... Indianapolis - The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man (Hardcover)
Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic
R538 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R134 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
In the Hurricane's Eye - The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown (Hardcover): Nathaniel Philbrick In the Hurricane's Eye - The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown (Hardcover)
Nathaniel Philbrick
R554 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R145 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Last British Battleship - HMS Vanguard, 1946-1960 (Hardcover): Burt, R A The Last British Battleship - HMS Vanguard, 1946-1960 (Hardcover)
Burt, R A
R802 R601 Discovery Miles 6 010 Save R201 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The ninth HMS _Vanguard_, bearing one of the most illustrious names in the Royal Navy with honours from the Armada to Jutland, was the last and largest of Britain's battleships and was commissioned in 1946\. Her design evolved from of the King George V class and incorporated much of the fully developed design for the two battleships, _Lion_ and _Temeraire_, that were laid down in 1939 but never completed. At 813ft length overall and 42,300 tons, she was the last battleship to be built in the world and the only ship of her class. She was built during the Second World War and incorporated existing twin 15in mountings, and was part of the Royal Navy's response to the combined and increasing number of German and Japanese battleships in the early 1940s. She was immediately recognisable by her transom stern and high flared bow and had fine sea keeping ability. Her appearance after the end of hostilities, however, and her huge crew requirements proved a conundrum for the Royal Navy, her most significant role being that of Royal Yacht during the royal family's tour of South Africa in 1947\. She was broken up at Faslane in 1960. In this new book by R A Burt her design, construction and career are all covered. Armour, machinery, power plants and weaponry are examined in detail and the author has produced some 35 superb plans, profiles and other line drawings for which he is renowned. The text is further enhanced by the addition of some 80 colour and black and white photographs from his collection. His earlier three volumes are regarded as definitive works on the subject of British battleships before 1945; with this new book he finally completes the story of the Dreadnought era, bringing to life the last of a magnificent type of vessel of which the world will not see again.

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