on 2 July 2013
I have just received my copy of the 2013 issue of this wonderful serie, so this is basically a first impression report rather than an in depth review, which, given the number and very high technical level of each article would require a very long time and considerable knowlegde ; in this year volume you will find the following topics:
1. Rebuilding the Australian Cruiser force: tactical and strategic thinking, procurement of Leander class light cruisers for RAN (by Peter Cannon);
2. The 4th fleet incident: the damage to Japanese destroyers done by a sever typhoon (by Hans Lengerer):
3. The semi-drednoughts of the Danton class: development history and British influence upon the six battleship that formed the core of French fleet in the Med at the outbreak of WWI (by John Jordan);
4. HMS Lion and HMS Tiger at Dogger Bank: battle casualties as recorded on the Medical Officer's Journals (by Matthew Seligmann);
5. OPV Designs: designs of modern offshore patrol vessels (River, Gowind, Buque De Accion Maritima, Holland) (by Conrad Waters);
6. The unlucky destroyer Espingole: the tragic story of one of France's first destroyers (by Philipper Caresse);
7. The soviet aircraft carrier: The interwar projects (by Richard Worth and Vladimir Yakubov);
8. Britain and the south American naval export market 1945-1975;
9. Toulon: the self-destruction and asalvage of the French fleet (Enrico Cernuschi and Vincent P. O'Hara);
10. Russia's Coles `monitors': Smerch, Rusalka and Charodeika: the first ironclads built with Russian iron, armour and engines:origins, design and construction (by Stephen McLaughin)
11. Warship notes;
12. Naval books of the year;
13. Warship gallery HMS Pandora and 1st Submarine Flottila .
As you can see from the titles, there are very many different topics; the one article that struck me was the one about Dogger Bank: using the medical officer's journals of the two Royal Navy's battlecruisers damaged at Dogger Bank, the author gives a clear, chilling and somewhat disturbing idea, of what kind of damage was done not to the ships but to the crews manning them; while the brutality of land battles is somewhat well-known and "self-evident", sea battles have always been depicted as a clash between lifeless steel giants, as if those aboard had not to endure the same, if not worse, hell of flames, blood, sheer horror and shattered bodies as their Army counterparts; the article highlights the terrible effects of large calibre shell impact and explosion in confined spaces, how difficult it was to deal with the wounded and explains not readily apparent relationships between ship's damage and human casualties ; there are also several drawings describing in detail german shells trajectory, where they hit, their trajectory inside the ships.
Back to the more "technical" articles, the one about French semi-dreadnought is a very interesting one, classic J. Jordan style, full of crisp drawings (armour layout, external profile and plan, ten(!) sections), tech data and pictures.
I have yet to look at the other articles, but they all look very promising (for those interested in naval architecture and ship structure, I suspect that the article about japanese destroyers structural damage and rebuilding will be of some interest).
As I said there is a lot more, but I hope I was able to give a glimpse of the contents!
on 12 January 2014
I have all the previous titles in this range and the content continues to impress. I am not a naval historian but I do like to read up detail on subjects. The editors have produced a very readable, wide ranging mix. The quality of the articles are never less than good, the illustrations generally clear and relevant. Roll on Warship 2014