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Russo-Japanese Naval War, 1905 (Maritime Series)
Russo-Japanese Naval War, 1905 (Maritime Series)
by Piotr Olender
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but.., 6 Jan 2014
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These two books were eagerly awaited but I must admit to being disappointed with them. The text is a blow by blow account of the naval war, which is fine,but seems to lack any strategic overview or an attempt to place the war in the context of the expansion of the combatants respective empires or the immense technical developments of the previous twenty years, or indeed any analysis of the wars' impact on ship design in the run up to the Great war.

A good third of the book is taken up by line drawings of the participating warships, which are interesting up to a point but would it not have been better to devote space to some excellent quality colour paintings of the principle participants?

Which leads me to my last moan- the quality of the photographs. There are a large number of excellent photographs from the period available on line- these are reproduced as tiny dark images which really don't do the pictures justice. Annotation is very brief with no attempt to draw the readers eye to any design features or context.

Robert Forczyks smaller book on battleships of the Russo-Japanese war is a far better buy.


The Development of a Modern Navy: French Naval Policy 1871-1904
The Development of a Modern Navy: French Naval Policy 1871-1904
by T. Ropp
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read, 3 Jan 2014
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This is one of those rare books that forces you to pause every few pages to think. Its range is vast- politics, technical advances, personalities, alliances are all covered. Its focus is France, but don't let that mislead, the book casts a wide net and discusses technical and strategic thought across the navies of the period with particular reference to Italy and Britain, with some fascinating mentions of Russia thrown in.

If the "pre dreadnought" period interests you, this is a must. I was particularly struck by the thinking behind "Jeune Ecole" and the arguments you hear today about the allegded vulnerability of larger warships. France struggled with Britains naval supremacy and the resulting mental convolutions, debate within the navy and in the public at large are a fascinating preview of our own age.


The Battle of Jutland 1916
The Battle of Jutland 1916
by George Bonney
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the job but be warned!, 19 Nov 2013
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On the face of it this is just what I wanted- well illustrated with photos, paintings and maps and a good description of the battle. I would just echo another reviewers comments on the politics though- be prepared for irritating rants about topics from public schools to Margaret Thatcher which really don't belong in a book on naval history. I've not read the whole book yet, but it does seem to deliver a reasonably priced and illustrated review.


Shipcraft 15 - Queen Elizabeth Class Battleships
Shipcraft 15 - Queen Elizabeth Class Battleships
by Les Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 14 Nov 2013
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I bought this hoping it would be as comprehensive as the rather excellent companion book on Grand Fleet Battlecruisers. The book does skip over the QE class early years and majors on the interwar reconstructions and WW2 service. Not bad, but not quite what I was expecting. For modellers I found it focused on resin rather than the cheaper plastic kits - it could be that it was written before the plastic kits were available?


Fox Death Rider T-shirt black M
Fox Death Rider T-shirt black M

3.0 out of 5 stars More of a sports tee then a comfortable t-shirt, 22 Feb 2013
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I bought a medium- and its a tight fit (6ft slim). The fabric makes it more of a sports t-shirt than something to knock about in. Otherwise- great graphics- I like it.


British Battleships of World War One
British Battleships of World War One
by R. A. Burt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 31.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever seen a 25,000 ton leopard?, 22 Feb 2013
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I've only just received this book so have not yet had an opportunity to go into detail. However from just a quick skim I can tell you that if you are looking for a comprehensive illustrated book of RN battleships from this era- this is for you. The warships of the First world War suffer from an absence of good quality photographs for enthusiasts and ship modellers alike. This book redresses this in spades- the number and quality of photographs is a joy. There are only a couple of photographs in this book that I've seen elsewhere (including the web). For the pictures alone its worth the money. In addition RA Burt has included some fascinating line drawings and colour plates showing ship camoflage- apparently based on animal markings- ever seen a battlecruiser painted like a leopard? Well done RA Burt and well done Seaforth!


Aoshima 043264 Takao 1944 1:700 Plastic Kit
Aoshima 043264 Takao 1944 1:700 Plastic Kit

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a full hull model, 11 Oct 2012
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Just be warned, while many 700 scale Aoshima kits are waterlines, this one isn't! Looks up to Aoshimas usual high standards of detail though, but fetch the saw if you want it to compliment the rest of your waterline collection.


Battleships of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia
Battleships of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia
by M J Whitley
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 15 Oct 2010
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Between this and Conways this is the better book. Well illustrated with photographs however the line drawings are a little crude. The author does restrict himself very strictly to WW2 which is annoyiong in places, ie he doesn't touch upon the fates of the ships which survived the war into the 50's or 60's. However as a coffee table book it scores, but I do find myself dipping between this and the Conways effort as the latter covers the whole dreadnought period...if only we could combine the best of both!

Minor but irritating point..the text has few paragraph breaks..ie the service record is one continuous block of text with no breaks at natural intervals.


Conway's Battleships: The Definitive Visual Reference to the World's All-big-gun Ship
Conway's Battleships: The Definitive Visual Reference to the World's All-big-gun Ship
by Edited by Ian Sturton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 30.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it said on the cover, 9 Sep 2010
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I bought this book hoping the images would inspire an interest in warships with my sons, who are now getting into modelling. I have the original version which is a rather dry catalogue of battleships illustrated with dull line drawings and the occasional photograph. However, I bought this revised edition based upon its description as the "definitive visual reference" hoping that Conways had now included an awful lot more interesting pictures. Sadly, while they have expanded the range of photographs, its nowhere near a "definitive visual reference". Do not expect to be wowed by this book.

The text itself is unrevised and comprises a description of the genesis of each ship and basic facts. The text does not draw you in with descriptions or explanations of the features of the ships, the design philosophy, the growth of masts, rangefinders, fire control and other phenomenon between the wars or the growth of the aircraft threat and efforts to counter it. There is so much more to the battleship story, but don't expect to find it here.


Memphis Belle [DVD] [1990]
Memphis Belle [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Matthew Modine
Price: 3.10

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to much, 30 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Memphis Belle [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
A very average movie. Interesting but not exceptional or outstanding in any way. If you are a big fan of the Fortress you'll love the use of real airplanes over the cgi used these days. There is very little airplane to airplane action..you see what appears to be an ME109 attacking on a couple of occasions, but thats about it..apart from one very memorable moment (which I won't divulge)..However...and its a very big however..the quality of the DVD is terrible. Do not expect modern DVD quality imagry..it views like a badly worn video tape and my DVD player cut and rejected the DVD twice during viewing.

The topic of the daytime air battles over Europe 42-45 begs a modern action packed movie...but this isn't it.


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