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Naval warfare is as old as conflict on land and as our title implies, maritime warfare is as important to us as terrestial battles. From the great galley battles of ancient Greece and Rome, Salamis and Actium, through the Barbary Coast pirates, the Spanish Armada and the long wars between England, France and Holland for control of colonial trade, control of the seas has meant political and economic power. Finally, with the sea battles of the Napoleonic Wars and the age of Nelson, maritime warfare entered the modern era. The two world wars saw the final end to Britain's domination of the seas and the emergence of the US as the maritime superpower. The Naval and Military Press has a whole fleet of books covering the whole history of warfare at sea, just look and see!
Naval & Mercantile History


TORPEDO
The Complete History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon
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TORPEDO The Complete History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon
Product Code: 25505

The terrifying torpedo was the most revolutionary weapon in the history of naval warfare. Developed in the late 19th century, for the first time it allowed small vessels to inflict fatal damage on their bigger brethren. This book is the first major study of this transformative weapon to have appe...

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ADMIRALS
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ADMIRALS
Product Code: 22874

Andrew Lambert's book stretches from the Armada to the Second World War, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to declare, when the army feared he would lose too many ships, 'it takes three years to build a ship; it takes three centuries to build a tradition.'

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FRIEND OR FOE
Friendly Fire at Sea 1939-45
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FRIEND OR FOE Friendly Fire at Sea 1939-45
Product Code: 23945

Friendly fire is an unwelcome phenomenon of war at sea as well as on land. Drawing on 100 documented instances of naval engagements between ships, submarines and aircraft on the same side in the Second World War the author explains how such fiascos came to happen.

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High Seas to Home: Daily Despatches from a Frigate at War
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High Seas to Home: Daily Despatches from a Frigate at War
Product Code: 22875

Involving letters that are plain and straight forward in style, from one of the “Forgotten Heroes” of the Atlantic convoys that tell it like it was.The letters have been collated and organised extremely well and the added historical detail is enlightening.

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INTO THE JAWS OF DEATH
The True Story of the Legendary Raid on Saint-Nazaire
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INTO THE JAWS OF DEATH The True Story of the Legendary Raid on Saint-Nazaire
Product Code: 23052

Into the Jaws of Death is the true story of how the decisive courage of a small group of men changed the course of the war.

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INTO THE MINEFIELDS
British Destroyer Minelaying
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INTO THE MINEFIELDS British Destroyer Minelaying
Product Code: 21536

This is the story of the 20th Minelaying Flotilla in World Wars I and II. Apart from the full operational history of the flotilla this book also includes details of the mines that were used and the special adaptations required to be fitted to the destroyers. Interviews with crew and officers brin...

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STORY OF HMS REVENGE
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STORY OF HMS REVENGE
Product Code: 21539

The Revenge is a proud name in British Naval History from the Elizabethan vessel that resisted Spanish supremacy under Drake and Grenville, through to Trafalgar, Jutland and the Polaris nuclear submarine of today. In telling the story of all these ships, Alexander Stilwell recounts the whole hist...

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TITANIC LIVES
Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew
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TITANIC LIVES Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew
Product Code: 22319

Marking the centenary of the Titanic disaster, 'Titanic Lives' is an utterly compelling exploration of the lives of the passengers and crew on board the most famous ship in history.

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TYPE VII
Germany’s Most Successful U-Boat
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TYPE VII Germany’s Most Successful U-Boat
Product Code: 25551

During the Second World War over 250 Allied warships from a dozen navies were sent to the bottom by German U-boats. This groundbreaking study provides a detailed analysis of every sinking for which source material survives from both the Allied and the German sides, resulting in detailed treatment...

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STRIKE WINGS
Special Anti-Shipping Squadrons 1942-45
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STRIKE WINGS Special Anti-Shipping Squadrons 1942-45
Product Code: 25548

A history of the Strike Wings - the units formed by the RAF in November 1942 to attack primarily iron ore convoys from Scandinavia using mainly Beufighters and Mosquito aircraft. The German resistance was fierce and the casualties heavy on both sides.

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