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AGE OF SAIL 1714 --1792
Careers and Fates
By RIF WINFIELD
This period commenced with the British
Navy as the largest and most powerful in
the World. By the end of the period the
Navy had been knocked about fighting against the combined
forces of the French, Spanish, Dutch and the American colonists.
Over those 78 years the British Navy possessed a total of more
than 2,000 ships. Those ships developed rapidly -- it was a testing
period with constant war and skirmishes. They fought in the
Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Bengal, the West Indies, the
Atlantic, the North Sea and the Arabian Sea.
The author has collated an amazing number of paintings,
etchings, drawings and statistics to very thoroughly describe a
large part of that massive fleet. Brittania truly ruled the waves at
A wonderful example of indefatigable research and scholarship.
Available from Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley, UK.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Birth of the New Normalcy
This is the well presented and quite
fascinating history of a uniquely
The British would probably deride the
Auxiliary as a "Dad's Navy" but it was
formed with the best of intentions and has, in truth, done some
Originally formed to promote recreational boating safety, it has
also solidly supported its parent organisation the U.S. Coast Guard
as a kind of "force multiplier".
Marshalling and encouraging the enthusiasm and talents of
leisure boat owners and crews, the Auxiliary, particularly in wartime,
has served as a training and recruiting funnel to its big brother.
While at times, perhaps, inspiring a measure of over-exuberance
among its members, it has nevertheless contributed substantially
to many aspects of the Coast Guard task. This book shows how. It
also records the heroism of a significant number of auxiliarists.
Available from Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, USA. Web:
THE BARRIER AND THE JAVELIN
Japanese and Allied Pacific
Strategies. February to June 1942
By H.P. WILLMOTT
The second in a trilogy of very important
books re-analysing the strategic policies of
all significant participating nations in the
Pacific theatre of World War II. First
published in 1983, this paperback edition was recently released.
It is a very important, thoughtful and thought provoking work.
It successfully goes behind the conventional wisdom on the War.
The author has taken a relentlessly commonsense approach to his
re-analysis of all strategic aspects of the War.
This book, in particular, examines the unravelling of Japan's
strategy and the amazing series of errors made by its High
Command. It looks also at the impotence of the British and the
omnipotence of the Americans in the theatre.
As in its companion volumes the result is a clear eyed, clear
headed, examination of the realities that provides the reader with
a realistic assessment of this vital part of World War II.
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro
East Coast of Italy and Albania
By TREVOR and DINAH THOMPSON
The final settlement of the dismemberment
of Yugoslavia in the late 1990s has opened
one of the world's most wonderful cruising
grounds to practically unlimited access.
The Adriatic coast particularly on the eastern side is historically,
geographically and culturally very desirable. This excellent and very
carefully revised (fifth edition) pilot brings it all brilliantly to life.
Almost every imaginable nook and cranny of every bay and
harbour on this extensively indented coastline is charted and
photographed in detail.
Larger and better known harbours such as Hvar, Split and
Dubrovnik are only part of the story and part of the region's
attraction. Anyone visiting the area on business or pleasure would
be well advised to prepare for that navigation by studying this first
Available from Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, St Ives, UK.
TO ANCHOR HANDLING AND
SUPPLY VESSEL OPERATIONS
By GARY RITCHIE
This very useful publication is exactly
what it says it is. Put together in a no-
nonsense, seamanlike manner, it is a basic
manual covering every aspect of this important facet of
The author is, despite his youthful appearance, a master
mariner of vast experience. He also has a distinct talent for
writing and particularly for imparting important information
simply and clearly.
Obviously benefiting from entering its second edition and all
the refinement that such a milestone implies, the book provides a
useful overview of an esoteric but important maritime activity.
Available from Clarkson Research Services, London, UK.
Strategic and Operational Views of
Al Qaida and Associated Movements
By MARK E. STOUT, JESSICA M.
HUCKABEY, JOHN R. SCHINDLER
with JIM LACEY
This quite fascinating book describes a
project to get inside the minds of Osama bin Laden and his
colleagues at the head of the al Qaida movement.
The project was undertaken by the Institute for Defense
Analysis for the US Joint Service Command. It was a useful
approach and attempt to understand the hows and whys of al
Qaida and the wider Salafi jihadists who have successfully targeted
the United States and its outposts for some years.
The objective of the project team was to truly "know your
enemy" and to know him in the most realistic possible way.
While the authorial team have undoubtedly largely achieved
that objective, it is unfortunate that their valuable work has not
been more widely dispersed and accepted.
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA. Web: www.nip.org
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