Dictionary of British Naval Battles (Paperback)Dr. John D. Grainger (author)
Paperback 602 Pages / Published: 20/10/2016
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This very substantial, comprehensive dictionary contains entries on all the battles fought at sea by British fleets and ships since Anglo-Saxon times. Major battles, such as Trafalgar or Jutland, minor actions, often convoy and frigate actions, troop landings, bombardments and single ship actions are all covered. Most accounts of British naval power focus on the big battles and the glorious victories - the picture which emerges from the rich detail in this dictionary, however, is of a busy, dispersed navy, almost constantly engaged in small scale activity - taking prizes in the eighteenth century, escorting convoys and being attacked by, and attacking, U-boats in the twentieth century, attacking minor as well as major enemy ports in all periods. Moreover, the action, which very often takes place not in proximity to Britain, but on a world stage, is not always successful and sometimes disastrous. The dictionary covers all periods comprehensively - medieval, early and late, and early modern as well as modern - and encompasses "Britain" in all its forms - England, Scotland, and British colonies including those in North America. It is an essential reference work for all enthusiasts of maritime history. "A well organised and detailed compilation, written with confidence and authority" - Professor Roger Knight, University of Greenwich. JOHN GRAINGER has published extensively on maritime history, including books for The Navy Records Society.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 602
Weight: 906 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 32 mm
A very useful reference work...[An] immense amount of information is packed into a book with an easily accessible format. MILITARY HISTORY MONTHLY Incredible....No one with an interest in British naval engagements...can afford to be without a copy of this essential reference. THE NELSON DESPATCH Grainger has developed a valuable source of knowledge on British naval events, effectively producing an important reference source on British vessels, battles, and naval warfare. NAUTICAL RESEARCH JOURNAL A handy resource for those interested in British naval history. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY A welcome addition to the substantial literature in the field. [Its] scale is impressive. . For a dictionary to unveil themes evident on more specialised studies of sea power.is quite an achievement. . A "must have" for naval historians. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HISTORY A most informative work, which should be on the shelves of all libraries seriously interested in naval history. REFERENCE REVIEWS An immense quantity of information is presented in a clear and readable manner. WARSHIPS This will be a very valuable reference work for anyone interested in British naval history or military history in general, providing information of thousands of minor clashes that otherwise would go unnoticed. HISTORYOFWAR.ORG A monumental work. It should be on the shelf of every serious RN historian. NAVY NEWS
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