"Royal Navy and Maritime Book Reviews" PROVIDED BY - Rob Jerrard
Conway Maritime Press, Anova Books Reviewed in 2014
Edition: Volume 36
Author: John Jordan
Publishers: Conway, Anova Press
Publication Date: 5th June 2014
Publisher's Title Information
Warship is devoted to the design, development and service history of the world's combat ships. The contributors are respected authorities, so detailed and accurate information is the keynote of all the articles, which are fully supported by plans, tables and photographs. This latest annual volume maintains the impressive standards of scholarship and research from the field of warship history.
This volume maintains the impressive standards of scholarship. This 36th edition features the usual range of diverse articles including: Armoured Cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy; Cavour: A New Multi-Role Aircraft Carrier for the Italian Navy; The Escape of the Jean Bart from Saint-Nazaire; The Tragedy of the Submarine Mariotte as well as a detailed profile of the the cancelled CVA-01, the only British big carrier to receive Navy Board approval in the 60 years following the Second World War.
Contributors to Warship 2014 include Ian Sturton, Aidan Dodson, Philippe Caresse, Stephen McLaughlin and Hans Lengerer
Volume XXXVI includes
The Armoured Cruisers of the Amiral Charner Class, Luc Feron
CVA-01: Portrait of a Missing Link, Ian Sturton
The Last of the Line: The German Battleships of the Braunschweig and Deutschland Classes
Armoured Cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Kathrin Milanovich
Cavour: A Multi-Role Aircraft Carrier for the Italian Navy, Michele Cosention
The Turret frigates of the Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Spiridov Classes
The ljn Light Carrier Ryujo, Hans Lengerer
Post-War Fire Control in the Royal Navy, Peter Marland
The Escape of the Jean Bart, John Jordan
Naval Books of the Year
John Jordan is a former languages teacher. He is the author of two major books on the Soviet Navy. He has been associated with Warship from its earliest beginnings and took over the editorship in 2004.
The D-Day Kit-bag
The Ultimate Guide to the Allied Assault on Europe
Author: Martin Robson
Publication Date: May 2014
Publisher's Title Information
In the 70th anniversary year of the D-Day landings, this book tells this fascinating story not only through stunning documentary photography but also through over 200 key objects, selected for their importance to the outcome and experience of Operation OVERLORD and often arranged as the complete D-Day kit of many of the participants.
Key artefacts include uniforms and personal mementoes of Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton, Bradley and Cota; the blueprints of the Mulberry harbours; personal mementoes of the US Rangers on Omaha Beach and British Airborne troops at Pegasus Bridge; and uniforms and equipment of every major combatant army, including rare German Army and Waffen SS material from the Normandy battlefields.
The scope is international, covering USA, UK, Canadian, Polish, Free French and the French resistance along with other nations who took part including the Axis side. The book will cover objects that had an influence at political, strategic, operational and tactical levels along with key objects which humanise such a vast undertaking such as K-rations and cigarettes.
D-Day, or OVERLORD (to give the Allied invasion of Normandy its codename) was the largest amphibious invasion in history. The plan called for an assault upon Hitler's Atlantic Wall to be conducted by 160,000 men, convoyed and landed by an invasion flotilla of over 5,000 ships to land several waves of troops upon five Normandy beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. 'The battle belonged that morning to the thin, wet line of khaki that dragged itself ashore on the channel coast of France', General Omar M. Bradley would later state. On D-Day itself 175,000 men, 3,000 guns, 15,000 tanks and 15,000 other vehicles were landed in Normandy by parachute, glider or across the beaches. Once established and with beachheads linked up, allied forces were faced with fighting in the dense, claustrophobic Normandy bocage, and it took six weeks of brutal additional fighting for the allies to break out of Normandy.