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ROYAL NAVY: 100 Years of Maritime Warfare in the Modern Age
Bibliophile price: £19.00
Published in association with the National Museum, this splendid slipcased book contains rare, removable documents of historic importance. There are 15 in total including plan of the action off the Falkland Isle showing movements of the ships 8th December 1914, pages from a sketch book showing the action at the Battle of Jutland May 1916, a letter from HMS Suffolk 1941 detailing the sinking of the Hood and Bismarck and a report on the X-craft attack on Tirpitz 22nd September 1943 among them. They have been reproduced on authentic-looking paper, in colour, as if it's history in your own hands. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is based in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, and this book examines the convoy systems, carrier operations and amphibious landings that the Royal Navy developed and refined during the First and Second World Wars. It analyses the key operations and campaigns such as the Gallipoli landings, Malta convoys and D-Day. It is illustrated with painstakingly researched images and memorabilia from the archives, and collections include items relating to the Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm and Submarine Service right up to the key role in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. It is a revealing account of how the Senior Service continues to adapt to technological change. The endpapers are decorated with a 1911 map in colour, the wallets containing the documents with propaganda posters, the layout is quite superb in its design and use of colour and archive photography, and with paintings like Alan Fearnley's Battle of the Atlantic showing the biplanes bombing the Bismarck, U-boats, Norway and the fall of France, action in the Channel and the Atlantic, unrestricted submarine warfare, and of course the casualties, Cold War intelligence and deterrence. A fine piece of publishing history we are thrilled to have discounted for the first time. Slipcased 10" x 12".
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