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Great Naval Blunders [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Regan
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Who was responsible for the design of the Admiral Popov, the circular Russian battleship that wouldn't steer straight? Why did Lord Anson set out to circumnavigate the world with a crew of Chelsea pensioners? And how did the British cruiser HMS Trinidad manage to torpedo itself in the Arctic? The answers to these questions and details of numerous other entertaining and unbelievable historical events are revealed in this absorbing survey of naval incompetence from Roman times to the Falklands War. Bestselling author Geoffrey Regan certainly sets out to prove that there is truth in the old adage "Worse things happen at sea". Crammed with intriguing and often bizarre anecdotes and over fifty illuminating illustrations, "Naval Blunders" takes a serious, but often entertaining look at the misjudgements and oversights of captains, fleet commanders, strategic planners and ship designers over the ages. Peppered with quotes from those who did their utmost (albeit unwittingly) to hinder naval progress, this entertaining and instructive book will appeal to the naval enthusiast and general reader alike.

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Geoffrey Regan was a History Master at Charterhouse School, Godalming and Deputy Headmaster and Acting Headmaster at Halliford School. He wrote 30 historical and educational books including, Military Blunders, More Military Blunders, Historical Blunders, Royal Blunders, Flying Blunders, Blue on Blue and Fight or Flight. He was the Series Consultant for Channel 4's 'Great Military Blunders' series, broadcast in 2000 and Historical Consultant for ABCs 'Blue on Blue' (Autumn 2000).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch; Reprint edition (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PDKGNA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Geoffrey Regan is described as "Britain's premier authority on military disasters" and, with the word "Blunders" in several of the titles of his previous books, he is certainly well qualified to provide an accurate account of those that are part of the world's naval history.

"The Brassey's Book of Naval Blunders" is a soft cover book measuring 9¾" x 7½" containing 182 pages of detailed information on various historic naval encounters from around the world. There is a good selection of supporting B&W photographs throughout. In an easy-to-read style of writing - and following a two-page introduction, the author commences with an account of the 18,000 mile journey of the Russian Fleet in 1905 and how two-thirds of that fleet were lost when they finally came up against the Japanese. Likening some of those involved to the Marx Brothers is an apt comparison and a good indication of what is to follow.

Part I of the book is then divided in chapters headed "Lunatic Admirals" - in which we are treated to no fewer than 16 excellent tales to fit that particular heading, "Tale of a Tub" - 10 instances of ship design ranging from a circular battleship to vessels that torpedoed themselves, "The Price of Admiralty" - where all the ultimate life-costing decisions are made by the governments and civil-servants-in-uniform of the day, "A Life on the Ocean Wave" - 6 tales of life aboard ship, "Above us the Waves" - various tales of submarine design left wanting (including the dreadful K-class) and "That Sinking Feeling" - recounting the loss of several well known vessels including the Mary Rose and HMS Vanguard.

Part II is simply headed "Case Studies" and is exactly that, the case studies of 22 important naval battles ranging from Drepana in 250 BC to Leyte Gulf in 1944.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book 6 April 2013
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Learned a lot from this book and found it very enjoyable. Would recommend it to any history buff. More for adults than children
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I bought this book as I have read Regan' Naval Blunders and I assumed as it was titled Great Naval Blunders it would be a sequel. Not so, it is exactly the same book just a different title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Naval Typos! 15 Feb 2014
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This is a very interesting and immersing account of the often poor leadership qualities that naval commanders and their political bosses exhibited.

It begs the question just how Britain ruled the waves, considering the many cock-ups that took place!

The annoying aspect is the large number of typographical errors which are scattered through the book. Considering the number of reprints this book has had, one would have expected the author to actually have read what he has written and taken the opportunity to remove them.

Despite this, the book should be a welcome addition to any history reader's bookshelf.
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