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  1. GUNPOWDER AND GLORY

    Harry Smee & Henry Macrory

    The Explosive Life of Frank Brock OBE Picture a daredevil combatant, secret agent and brilliant inventor all rolled into one. Such a man was pyrotechnical genius Frank Brock, a scion of the famous firework family and one of Britain's great, unsung heroes. A remarkable combination of James Bond and 'Q', Frank was killed in action one hundred years ago. Gunpowder and Glory tells more than Frank's remarkable story of invention and derring-do. Woven into the narrative is the dazzling history of Brock's Fireworks, the world-famous firm started by Frank's five-times great-grandfather, and which he was being groomed to run.
  2. Grand Fleet Destroyers

    John English

    PART I: FLOTILLA LEADERS AND V/W CLASS DESTROYERS Describes the design, development and careers of the destroyer leaders and the ‘V/W’ class destroyers. The majority of the 93 vessels described in this volume long careers, had covering both World Wars. The ‘Shakespeare’s were the basis of the design of the leaders to the ‘A/I’ classes built 1929-1937. The ‘V/W’s themselves were the basis of the destroyers of the ‘A’ to ‘I’ classes and many destroyers built for foreign navies during the 1930s.
  3. British Battleships of the Victorian Era

    Norman Friedman

    This is a companion volume to Friedman s highly successful British Battleship 1906 1946_and completes his study of the Royal Navy s capital ships. As with all of his work, Friedman is concerned to explain why as well as how and when these advances were made, and locates British ship design firmly within the larger context of international rivalries, domestic politics and economic constraints. The result is a sophisticated and enlightening overview of the Royal Navy s battle fleet in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It is also well illustrated a comprehensive gallery of photographs with in-depth captions is accompanied by specially commissioned plans of the important classes by A D Baker III, and a colour section featuring the original Admiralty draughts, including a spectacular double gatefold.
  4. Spitfire Evolution

    Paul Beaver

    Spitfire Evolution is a definitive history of the development of more than 70 variants of Spitfire and Seafire with more than 80 illustrations and numerous additional diagrams.
  5. Shipbreaking at Faslane

    Ian Buxton

    The shipbreaking yard at Faslane on the Clyde was the largest and best equipped in the UK. This 72 page A4 softback lists every ship broken up at Faslane and it includes 80 photographs, colour and black and white.
  6. Type 42 Destroyer HMS Southampton

    Jantinus Mulder

    The primary role of the Type 42 destroyers was providing air defence for the fleet. With their long-range sensors, the ships could also act as radar pickets, sailing ahead of a task group. HMS Southampton was the eighth ship of originally destined to be a 16-ship class, of which two have been exported to Argentina. The type 42 comprised eight Batch 1 vessels, four Batch 2 and four Batch 3 Stretched Type 42.
  7. DESTROYER HNLMS KORTENAER

    Rindert van Zinderen Bakker

    HNLMS Kortenaer was in action in the Battle of the Java Sea on 27 February 1942, where she was torpedoed by the Japanese cruiser Haguro. An eyewitness, recorded that Kortenaer about 700 yards bearing 80 relative was struck on the starboard quarter by a torpedo, blew up, turned over, and sank at once leaving only a jackknifed bow and stern a few feet above the surface.
  8. FRIGATE HMS LEANDER

    Jantinus Mulder

    HMS Leander was completed in 1963 as the first and name ship of the Leander Class Improved Type 12 General Purpose Frigates. In 1974 the ship was converted for the Anglo-Australian rocket propelled anti-submarine weapon; Ikara. The design was the most successful Western frigate of its time and also commemorated in less obvious ways. As being the breed for several international new designs.
  9. Spoils of War

    Aidan Dodson & Serena Cant

    The Fate of Enemy Fleets after the Two World Wars This new book traces the histories of navies and ships of the defeated powers from the months leading up to the relevant armistices or surrenders through to the final execution of the appropriate post-war settlements. In doing so, it discusses the way in which the victorious powers reached their final demands, how these were implemented, and to what effect. The later histories of ships that saw subsequent service, either in their original navies or in those navies which acquired them, are also described. This highly original book, drawing on archaeological evidence as well as archival sources, and including numerous photographs will become an essential reference tool for all those interested in the naval history of the two World Wars.
  10. DICTIONARY OF PASSENGER SHIP DISASTERS

    David L Williams

    Encyclopedic in coverage and comprehensive in detail this book records the losses of more than 1,000 passenger-carrying vessels of all types from liners and cruise ships to troop and hospital ships. The accounts of these incidents are supported by full technical details for each of the featured ships. Illustrated with more than 700 photographs.

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