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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 (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P7V6BK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,684 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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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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Having seen a significant portion of this documentary on the History Channel I went in knowing full well what to expect. The box set does what it says on the tin. It gives an account of the History of the Royal Navy. Being far from an expert on this I couldn't however comment on the substance of this show. Although having now had exposure to another documentary on the Royal Navy - "Empire of the Seas" by Dan Snow - I can say that HOTRN does cut a lot of (quite important) information. On the whole though, it's still very much worth a watch.
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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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bought this dvd as an up coming special birthday present for someone who was in the navy, also bought the dvd about the ark royal as he was on this ship ,item was well packaged and delivered promptly
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Brilliant thanks this was a present for a 92 year old gentleman who is a Navy Veteran To say he is delighted with it would be the understatement so thankyou for keeping it in great condition . x
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