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Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-1945 (2)
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:40


Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrated by Ian Palmer
Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Following its successes in the first half of World War I, the German Navy relied extensively on submarines in its buildup to World War II some twenty years later.

Some hundreds of submarines were built for the Kriegsmarine. All types are very well described here.

Again, as in World War I, the U-boat force enjoyed many successes in the early part of the War. However, as the Allied navies improved their techniques with convoys, ASDIC, sonar, depth charges and aircraft, the attrition rate among submariners became horrifying.

The Kriegsmarine continued to experiment with large, small and medium sized submarines but none could survive the onslaught from the revitalised Allied navies.

Ordering Information:

Osprey Publishing
Oxford, UK
Web: www.ospreypublishing.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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Naval Battles of the First World War
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:39


Author: Geoffrey Bennett
Publisher: Pen and Sword Books

From Baird Maritime:

This substantial paperback history provides a succinct overview of all the main naval battles of World War I in which British Commonwealth navies were involved.

Very well researched and exceptionally well illustrated, it is a small classic of naval history. Originally published in 1968, it has been effectively revived as a Pen and Sword Military Classic.

A valuable book that cried out to be re-released.

Ordering Information:

Pen and Sword Books
Barnsley, UK
Web: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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U-Boats of the Kaiser’s Navy
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:31


Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrated by Ian Palmer
Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From Baird Maritime:
This little book describes the development of the German submarine arm of the First World War from its beginnings in the 1850s.

From around 1906 Kaiser Wilhelm began flexing his muscles and provoking his British cousins. At this time submarines began to be seen as acceptable and effective weapons. With the rapid developments of the diesel engine their development surged.

The early boats were small and conditions inside them primitive, to put it mildly.
Early in the war they started to be enlarged and their performances improved dramatically. A total of 355 were built from 1914-1918.

Early successes against British warships such as the sinking of three cruisers in a few minutes by ‘U9’ led to a rapid re-appraisal of the value of submarines. However, just as they began to be established, the British discovered effective ways of defeating them using convoys, mines and aircraft. By early 1918 it was all over, U Boat production could not match their losses.

Ordering Information:

Osprey Publishing
Oxford, UK
Web: www.ospreypublishing.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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Charge: History’s Greatest Military Speeches
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:30

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Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Inspiring dispirited, exhausted, scared, uncomfortable, sick or wounded warriors is an amazingly difficult task. If a leader fails in it, all is probably lost.

So, the best military speeches have usually been made in a “backs to the wall situation”. There are many, fortunately, that have made the difference. Those dispirited, cowed warriors have been turned round and inspired to fight.

There are many recorded speeches that have fortunately, made the necessary difference. The author, here, has presented many of the best of them.

Inspiring stuff.

Ordering Information:

The Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.usni.org

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The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:28


Author: Terry Crowdy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

A three thousand year history of the art, science and practice of espionage, an inevitable accompaniment to war of all kinds.

The author is absolutely fascinated by the subject. He has read widely. His bibliography and footnotes reflect that.

He looks closely at espionage in all its forms including murder or assassination by intelligence operatives. He shows how the Israeli Mossad service are masters of such activities as have been Russia’s KGB and it variations.

Murder, mayhem, torture and assassination are all important components of the trade along with surveillance, infiltration, bribery, kidnapping and much more. It is a fascinating but mostly unsavoury business but it has to be done and everyone does it.

As with most businesses, the energetic, innovative and brave seem to be the most successful. This fascinating books shows why.

Ordering Information:

Osprey Publishing
Oxford, UK
Web: www.ospreypublishing.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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