Synopses & Reviews
The Royal Navy's long and glorious tradition is covered in this fascinating, illustrated history.
The Royal Navy has a long and glorious tradition of service to Britain that spans centuries - from the age of empire, when it was the most powerful navy in the world, through two world wars to its present status as a vital part of the NATO alliance. This new history charts the story of the Royal Navy in the modern age, fulfilling its world-wide role while adapting to new technologies, and ever more dangerous challenges. Beginning with the triumphant aftermath of Trafalgar, with Britain firmly established as the world's premier maritime power, Anthony Watts expertly charts the evolution of the Navy over the decades from the last years of sail to today's 'high-tech' fleet. Based in part upon the author's two-volume Guide to the Royal Navy, which was published more than twenty years ago, this new book updates and corrects the earlier chapters; from the turn of the century, however, this is a wholly new study. In addition to technical fact and data throughout, the author provides assessment and critique of decisions events, designs and tactics over nearly two centuries. He has drawn on the resources of a wide range of archives to present fresh photographs, line drawings of significant warships and equipment, plus detailed maps illustrating the key battles and actions. Factually detailed and technically accurate, this is also a readable, entertaining narrative, an incisive study that is sure to appeal to all current or ex-service personnel, historians, enthusiasts and anyone interested in the story of Britain's Navy.