"Royal Navy and Maritime Book Reviews" - Provided by Rob Jerrard
The History Press, Books Reviewed in 2015

No Pyrrhic Victories: The 1918 Raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend - a Radical Reappraisal
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: E C Coleman
ISBN: 9780750958783
Publishers: The History Press
Price: 14.99
Publication Date: 1st Sept 2014

Publisher's Title Information

In early 1918, it seemed to many that the British people and the Allies were close to defeat. At home, the chief culprit was the German U-boat. Sailing almost unopposed from the North Sea ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend, the submarines were taking a heavy toll on Allied shipping, and no one seemed to be doing anything about it. The job eventually went to Vice Admiral Roger Keyes, 'The Modern Nelson', who had a long record of close action with enemies from China to the Heligoland Bight. Equally, he was unafraid of those senior to him whom he considered to be incompetent. Within days of his appointment Keyes had put together an audacious plan to sink blockships in the enemy-held ports. However, his success, along with the eleven VCs won in the battles, led his detractors to play down his achievement, even by using German propaganda against him. This entirely new account, containing groundbreaking research and rare illustrations throughout, at last sets the record straight about these important engagements.

The Author

E C Coleman served in the Royal Navy for 36 years which included service in an aircraft carrier, a submarine, and Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. During that time he mounted four Arctic expeditions in search of evidence from the 1845 Sir John Franklin Expedition. He twice visited South Georgia, calling at several points on the Shackleton route.
 
In January 2000 he was selected to join an admiral in representing the Royal Navy at the Arctic Millennium celebrations in north Alaska. This resulted in a walk through temperatures (including wind factor) of -114 degrees F.

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Grasping Gallipoli
Terrain, Maps and failure at the Dardanelles, 1915
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Peter Chasseaud and Peter Doyle
ISBN:
Publishers: The History Press
Price: 14.99
Publication Date: 2015 (1st published 2005)

Publisher's Title Information

The failure of the Gallipoli campaign was instantly blamed on a great untruth - that the War Office was unprepared for Dardanelles operations and gave Sir Ian Hamilton little in the way of maps and terrain intelligence. This myth is repeated by current historians. The Dardanelles Commission became a battleground of accusation and counter-accusation. This book, incorporating much previously unpublished material, demonstrates that geographical intelligence preparations had indeed been made by the War Office and the Admiralty for decades. They had collected a huge amount of terrain information, maps and charts covering the topography and defences, and knew a great deal about Greek plans to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula. At least one plan was Anglo-Greek! Much of this material, which is here identified and evaluated, was handed over to Hamilton's Staff. Additional material was obtained in theatre before the landings, T. E. Lawrence playing a part. This book, which is the first to examine the intelligence and mapping side of the Dardanelles campaign, looks closely at its terrain, and describes the production and development of new operations maps, and clarifies whether the intelligence was properly processed and efficiently used. It also examines the use of aerial photos taken by the Royal Naval Air Service during the campaign, and charting, hydrographic and other intelligence work by the Royal Navy.

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