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British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WWII (Paperback)

Destroyers, Frigates, Escorts, Minesweepers, Coastal Warfare Craft, Submarines & Auxiliaries

Colour Books Maritime > Naval Maritime > Seaforth Publishing Military > Modelling

By Malcolm George Wright
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 160
Illustrations: More than 740 colour profiles
ISBN: 9781399024860
Published: 21st August 2023


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During the Second World War navies developed low visibility camouflage for their ships, on both the vertical and horizontal surfaces, in order reduce visibility by blending in with the sea, or confuse the identity of a ship by applying more obtrusive patters. In this now classic work by maritime artist Mal Wright both the official and unofficial paint schemes that adorned ships of the Royal Navy and Commonwealth are depicted in detail, along with discussion on changes of armament and electronics that effected the outward appearance of each ship. Starting with destroyers from WW1 still in service during WW2, the book progressively covers ships below cruisers, class by class, to provide a detailed and easy-to-use guide to paint schemes in use. In some cases individual ships are shown in the several schemes they wore thus providing a source that covers various periods of service. With 740 full colour illustrations, all of named vessels, this book concentrates information into a single volume to provide a one-stop reference source, and, for the first time in a single volume, it covers not just the well-known ships, but also escort vessels, minesweepers, trawlers, coastal craft and auxiliaries in sequential format.

Many schemes would be difficult for the reader to have found other than with the most intensive research so that historians, collectors, modelmakers and wargamers will find this unique reference source absolutely invaluable.

'A book that all steel navy fans will want in their library. The book is heavily researched and I doubt that anyone else but the author knows more about this subject. … All I can say is "Wow" to all of the information packed into this small book. It is perfect for the WWII researcher, and the model maker.

Bob Friedman, Ship Modellers Forum

As featured in

Ships Monthly - February 2024

“A wonderful collection, you will spend hours poring through, looking at the detailed pictures……Very resourceful and fun reads”.

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"All in all a fascinating beautifully illustrated three Volume set."

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
 Malcolm George Wright

About Malcolm George Wright

MAL WRIGHT is an Australian maritime artist who is also an internationally-known wargames designer and writer and lecturuer. He has spent five decades researching this volume, making notes while interviewing veterans, as well as consulting official sources, photographs and the work of artists of the era. He lives in Adelaide and is currently working on a second volume covering capital ships.

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