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History of the Royal Navy (3-Disc Box Set) [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 235 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P7V6BK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,012 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Disc 1. The King's Ships 1500-1599 1 x 44:00 min The story begins with the creation of a ROyal Navy under orders of King Henry VIII with ships such as GREAT HARRY and MARY ROSE and continues through the daring exploits of Sir Francis Drake's GOLDEN HINDE and the revolutionary innovations at John Hawkins' race built Galleons. Finally the climatic showdown with Spain's invincible Armada in 1588 laid the groundwork for Britannia's Rule of the Seas in the years to come. Disc 2. Wooden Walls 1600-1805 1 x 44:00 min The 17th century saw Britain's war efforts aided by Samuel Pepys' codification of naval tactics in The Fighting Instructions which transformed naval battles from uncontrollable melees into linear chess games to water. A little known Scottish landlubber named John Clerk further stimulated naval tactics and when Admiral Horatio Nelson took the helm of HMS VICTORY at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Britain's mastery of the waves was re-established. Disc 3. The Sun Never Sets 1806-Present 1 x 88:00 min Wooden Walls were soon replaced by iron and steel. When the super ship, DREADNOUGHT was launched in 1906, it sparked a naval arms race with Germany that culminated with the gigantic showdown at Jutland during WWi. After the loss of HMS Hood, Churchill's rallying cry, Sink The Bismarck and the successful pursuit of the GRAF SPEE, turned the tide of WWII. The Falklands War in 1982 once again demonstrated the continuing resolve and effectiveness of the Royal Navy.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Haggart on 16 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This DVD set gives a great overview of all the major events affecting the RN since its conception. It is easy to understand and done in such a way that it is interesting and keeps your attention. I bought it as I am in the process of joining the RN as an officer so wanted some background knowledge. I got all this and more from it and at a very reasonable price. Worth a watch
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Balcombe on 5 Feb. 2010
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As someone with very little knowledge concerning the History of the Royal Navy, you would think you would be hard pushed to find a DVD titled 'History of the Royal Navy', watch it, and still know little more.

The briefness is quite outstanding, it's cheaply made, and I can't really figure out the intended audience.

Conclusion:

Far to brief to be of any use to anyone.
Obviously made on a supremely low budget.

Alternative:

Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World by the BBC
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Green on 1 May 2009
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A good, comprehensive history of the Royal Navy. It could have gone into more detail on certain aspects and the American narration is very annoying.History Of The Royal Navy [DVD]
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Gray on 26 Dec. 2010
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Why why why put an annoying American narrator on a ROYAL Navy DVD completely ruined by this obvious error in judgement
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. A. Jones on 11 April 2013
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I ordered this as a present for my husband. He was very pleased with the set and will watch them a lot.
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By stephen r stacey on 24 Jan. 2014
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I bought this as a present to a family member who likes it very much as the subject interests him
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Highly Recommended for former RN / RM personnel and also Historians. Very enjoyable few hours watching these DVDs seeing
some of the great ships, sadly now scrapped thanks to the MOD!. We can still hold all our good memories in these DVDs.
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This product (or at least the copy sent to me) did not contain what the advertising said it contained, about the recent history of the Royal Navy - only covered earlier times
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