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British Ironclads 1860-75 : HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's 'Black Battlefleet'
Konstam, Angus
ISBN: 9781472826893
Osprey Publishing  2018 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, NVG262. In November 1859, the French warship La Gloire was launched. She was the world's first seagoing ironclad - a warship built from wood, but whose hull was clad in a protective layer of iron plate. Britain, not to be outdone, launched her own ironclad the following year - HMS Warrior - which, when she entered service, became the most powerful warship in the world. Just like the Dreadnought half a century later, this ship changed the nature of naval warfare forever, and sparked a frantic arms race. The elegant but powerful Warrior embodied the technological advances of the early Victorian era, and the spirit of this new age of steam, iron and firepower. Fully illustrated with detailed cutaway artwork, this book covers the British ironclad from its inception and emergence in 1860, to 1875, a watershed year, which saw the building of a new generation of recognisably modern turreted battleships.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009432  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Protected Cruiser Gelderland
Mulder, Jantinus
ISBN: 9789086161959
Lanasta  2015 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages. Protected cruiser (Pantserdekschip) HNLMS Gelderland was a Holland-class cruiser of the Royal Netherlands Navy. This class of six ships was considered a modest, but well thought-out design. At a speed of 10 knots the radius of action would have been 8000 miles, the two triple expansion engines could give a top speed of 20 knots. Launched in 1898, the ship had an extensive career before being sunk in battle during WW2 in 1944.  As New
Price: $27.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008561  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Protected Cruiser Gelderland
Mulder, Jantinus
ISBN: 9789086161959
Lanasta  2015 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages. Protected cruiser (Pantserdekschip) HNLMS Gelderland was a Holland-class cruiser of the Royal Netherlands Navy. This class of six ships was considered a modest, but well thought-out design. At a speed of 10 knots the radius of action would have been 8000 miles, the two triple expansion engines could give a top speed of 20 knots. Launched in 1898, the ship had an extensive career before being sunk in battle during WW2 in 1944.  As New
Price: $27.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008562  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Russian Battleship vs Japanese Battleship: Yellow Sea 1904-05
Forczyk, Robert
ISBN: 9781846033308
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE15. The first major clash between a European and Asian state in the modern era signalled the beginning of Japan's rise as a major power on the world stage. What began as differing expansionist interests in Manchuria and Korea developed into a full-blown war in 1904, with an unexpected outcome. Watched by the rest of the world's superpowers, this incredibly violent war was disastrous for the Russians who, despite their superior numbers, were defeated by the Japanese underdogs in a spectacular fashion. Japan won major victories against the Russians including the critical naval battle of Tsushima in May 1905 which saw almost the entire Russian fleet sunk, captured or interned. This was the first and last encounter of pre-dreadnought battleships and it was a huge success for Japanese tactics, skill and planning. This book discusses the design and development of the pre-dreadnoughts that would ultimately lead to a new wave of battleships. The key technical elements of firepower, protection, maneuverability and communications for each side are covered in detail and accompanied by first-hand accounts and specially commissioned artwork to explain and illustrate this historically significant duel.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006549  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Russian Battleship vs Japanese Battleship: Yellow Sea 1904-05
Forczyk, Robert
ISBN: 9781846033308
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE15. The first major clash between a European and Asian state in the modern era signalled the beginning of Japan's rise as a major power on the world stage. What began as differing expansionist interests in Manchuria and Korea developed into a full-blown war in 1904, with an unexpected outcome. Watched by the rest of the world's superpowers, this incredibly violent war was disastrous for the Russians who, despite their superior numbers, were defeated by the Japanese underdogs in a spectacular fashion. Japan won major victories against the Russians including the critical naval battle of Tsushima in May 1905 which saw almost the entire Russian fleet sunk, captured or interned. This was the first and last encounter of pre-dreadnought battleships and it was a huge success for Japanese tactics, skill and planning. This book discusses the design and development of the pre-dreadnoughts that would ultimately lead to a new wave of battleships. The key technical elements of firepower, protection, maneuverability and communications for each side are covered in detail and accompanied by first-hand accounts and specially commissioned artwork to explain and illustrate this historically significant duel.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003410  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Russo-Japanese Naval War 1905 Vol.2 Battle of Tsushima
Caballero, Dr. Ricardo
ISBN: 9788361421023
Mushroom Model Publications  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 160 pages. Following on from the earlier MMP book on the history of this naval conflict, the new volume covers all the technical aspects of the Russo-Japanese Naval War. It contains descriptions and specifications of all the ships involved, both Russian and Japanese ones. Profusely illustrated with scale drawings and photos. Scale plans of the Russian warships.  As New
Price: $48.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007657  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Send a Gunboat: The Victorian Navy and Supremacy at Sea 1854-1904
Preston, Antony; Major, John
ISBN: 9780851779232
Conway Maritime Press  2007 
 Hard Cover New book, 224 pages. Published in its original form 35 years ago, 'Send a Gunboat' remains the standard reference on the remarkable story of the Victorian Royal Navy's fleet of small warships, which enforced the Pax Britannica around the world for half a century.  As New/As New
Price: $39.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005435  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Send a Gunboat: The Victorian Navy and Supremacy at Sea 1854-1904
Preston, Antony; Major, John
ISBN: 9780851779232
Conway Maritime Press  2007 
 Hard Cover New book, 224 pages. Published in its original form 35 years ago, 'Send a Gunboat' remains the standard reference on the remarkable story of the Victorian Royal Navy's fleet of small warships, which enforced the Pax Britannica around the world for half a century.  As New/As New
Price: $39.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005436  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Sino-French Naval War 1884-1885
Olender, Piotr
ISBN: 9788361421535
Mushroom Model Publications  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 132 pages. This new book covers the Sino-French Naval War 1884-1885, a little-known part of late 19thC naval history. The background, operations and outcomes are described in detail. All the ships involved, both French and Chinese, are described and illustrated with full technical specifications. Profusely illustrated with scale drawings and photos.   As New
Price: $36.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006342  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Sino-French Naval War 1884-1885
Olender, Piotr
ISBN: 9788361421535
Mushroom Model Publications  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 132 pages. This new book covers the Sino-French Naval War 1884-1885, a little-known part of late 19thC naval history. The background, operations and outcomes are described in detail. All the ships involved, both French and Chinese, are described and illustrated with full technical specifications. Profusely illustrated with scale drawings and photos.   As New
Price: $36.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006341  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Sino-Japamese Naval War 1894-1895
Olender, Piotr
ISBN: 9788363678302
Mushroom Model Publications  2014 
 Soft Cover New book, 228 pages. This new book covers the Sino-Japanese Naval War 1894-1895, a little-known part of late 19thC naval history. The First Sino-Japanese War (1 August 1894 - 17 April 1895) was fought between Qing Dynasty China and Meiji Japan, primarily over control of Korea. After more than six months of continuous successes by the Japanese army and naval forces, as well as the loss of the Chinese port of Weihai, the Qing leadership sued for peace in February 1895. The background, operations and outcomes are described in detail. All the ships involved, both Japanese and Chinese, are described and illustrated with full technical specifications. Profusely illustrated with scale drawings, maps, drawings and rare photos.  As New
Price: $43.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007683  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Sino-Japamese Naval War 1894-1895
Olender, Piotr
ISBN: 9788363678302
Mushroom Model Publications  2014 
 Soft Cover New book, 228 pages. This new book covers the Sino-Japanese Naval War 1894-1895, a little-known part of late 19thC naval history. The First Sino-Japanese War (1 August 1894 - 17 April 1895) was fought between Qing Dynasty China and Meiji Japan, primarily over control of Korea. After more than six months of continuous successes by the Japanese army and naval forces, as well as the loss of the Chinese port of Weihai, the Qing leadership sued for peace in February 1895. The background, operations and outcomes are described in detail. All the ships involved, both Japanese and Chinese, are described and illustrated with full technical specifications. Profusely illustrated with scale drawings, maps, drawings and rare photos.  As New
Price: $43.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007685  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The First Destroyers
Lyon, David
ISBN: 184560010X
Mercury Books  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages, 180+ photos and illustrations, 1 set of scale plans. The Torpedo Boat Destroyers (TBDs) of the 1890s - the first destroyers - were among the most glamourous naval vessels ever built. With their remarkable speed, their connotations of David and Goliath, and their initial deployment against the Royal Navy's traditional enemy, the French, they caught the public imagination, while the command of one was coveted by all young naval officers. Drawing on Admiralty documents and plans, the author has compiled a brilliant collection of data on the early development of these vessels up to the River class of 1900. He also looks at the developments in the US, particularly the Bainbridge class with its distinctive raised forecaslte. With its Superb plans and drawings and entirely original research, this book is essential reference for all naval historians, enthusiasts, and model makers with an interest in the development of one of the twentieth century's most exciting warships.  Very Good
Price: $39.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003238  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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US Cruisers 1883-1904: The Birth of the Steel Navy
Burr, Lawrence
ISBN: 9781846032677
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages. NVG143. By the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most advanced in the world, but in subsequent years America's naval might dwindled. However, in the 1880s a 'New Navy' was born and at the forefront of its fleet were the mighty cruisers. Naval historian Lawrence Burr details how these cruisers allowed America to rebuild their navy, exploring the design and development of these ships. Placing these advances in context, through vivid accounts of how US cruisers performed in the Spanish-American War of 1898, notably at Manila Bay and Santiago, he investigates the emergence of the US Navy as a major power. Illustrated with early photographs and full-colour artwork, this is a concise history of the birth and development of a modern navy that was the precursor to the development of modern steel fleets around the world. Contents: Introduction, A Naval Renaissance, Design and Construction, The Ships, Cruisers in Action, Pointing the Guns, USS Olympia, Conclusion, Select Bibliography, Appendix, Index.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002516  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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US Cruisers 1883-1904: The Birth of the Steel Navy
Burr, Lawrence
ISBN: 9781846032677
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages. NVG143. By the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most advanced in the world, but in subsequent years America's naval might dwindled. However, in the 1880s a 'New Navy' was born and at the forefront of its fleet were the mighty cruisers. Naval historian Lawrence Burr details how these cruisers allowed America to rebuild their navy, exploring the design and development of these ships. Placing these advances in context, through vivid accounts of how US cruisers performed in the Spanish-American War of 1898, notably at Manila Bay and Santiago, he investigates the emergence of the US Navy as a major power. Illustrated with early photographs and full-colour artwork, this is a concise history of the birth and development of a modern navy that was the precursor to the development of modern steel fleets around the world. Contents: Introduction, A Naval Renaissance, Design and Construction, The Ships, Cruisers in Action, Pointing the Guns, USS Olympia, Conclusion, Select Bibliography, Appendix, Index.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002517  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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US Navy Battleships 1886-98 : The Pre-Dreadnoughts and Monitors That Fought the Spanish-American War
Herder, Brian Lane
ISBN: 9781472835024
Osprey Pub Co  2019 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, NVG271. After the American Civil War, the US Navy had been allowed to decay into complete insignificance, yet the commissioning of the modern Brazilian battleship Riachuelo and poor performance against the contemporary Spanish fleet, forced the US out of its isolationist posture towards battleships. The first true US battleships began with the experimental Maine and Texas, followed by the three-ship Indiana class, and the Iowa class, which incorporated lessons from the previous ships. These initial ships set the enduring US battleship standard of being heavily armed and armoured at the expense of speed. This fully illustrated study examines these first six US battleships, a story of political compromises, clean sheet designs, operational experience, and experimental improvements. These ships directly inspired the creation of an embryonic American military-industrial complex, enabled a permanent outward-looking shift in American foreign policy and laid the foundations of the modern US Navy.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009431  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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