As with the other volumes in the series, this book is compiled from the hand drawn and paintsaking annotated Identification albums of Richard Perkins, a keen Naval historian, well known in research circles for his exhaustive interwar collection of Royal Navy warship negatives and for founding the Naval Photographic Club. The albums were (unsurprisingly) conceived to aid the identification of vessels from sightings and photographs and Mr Perkins further aids this by identifying vessels as well as providing a superb overview of the changes in design philosophy that occurred in cruiser design at the admiralty in this time frame. A great reference resource again present in large format (VERY large in this case ) and very will printed presented and bound. Recommended!
Ship Modeller, Chris Meddings
This is a large scale Volume, about 25 x 20 cm and with some real weight. Over it's 180 pages the book covers a broad range of vessels from the Royal Navy in WWII, with everything from Capital Ships, to Auxiliary AA Ships. The Illustrations are drawn from original plans held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and as such are highly detailed. However, their size sometimes makes them of limited use. These were very large scale plans when drawn and the original drawing would have been considerably larger and thus the detail is rather small. This coupled with the fact they have yellowed with age somewhat makes them perhaps not as useful to the scale modeller as they might be. For many of the ships, several drawings are provided, including deck sections and rigging diagrams on occasion. However we d note get a full suite of drawings for any given ship. Also we do not get many ships per section. For instance we get 4 Battleships (Nelson, King George V, Warspite, Renown), 6 Cruisers.. Read more
Ship Modeller, Chris Meddings
This is a fantastic publication! Well produced, well designed with good illustrations and cleverly edited. It is indeed a prime source of information about the navy of the Georgian era - often referred to as 'Nelson's Navy', which is a bit unfair given the tens of thousands who served during this time. We were blessed with a lot of remarkable naval officers. The Trafalgar Chronicle reaches out beyond Nelson and these pithy, well-researched articles are both informative and enjoyable to read. In fact some feature brand new material and insights and one can see why it is already the publication of choice for new research about the Royal Navy during the 18th and early nineteenth centuries. I particularly enjoyed the focus in this New Series issue on Britain's relationship with the United States - the history of this friendship, and occasional conflict! between the US Navy and the Royal Navy is important to our understanding of the so-called special-relationship. This is not just another history.. Read more
The book contains many clear photographs which will provide a useful resource for any student of the era and of contemporary German naval practice.
In precis, this work is clear, concise and comprehensive and would be a valuable addition to the book collections of anyone interested in German and European history, the Imperial German Navy and large naval vessels. It is an invaluable resource.
On a Rating Scale where 1: very poor; 10: excellent, I would give it an 8½.
NZ Crown Mines
Seaforth is a Pen & Sword imprint with an impeccable reputation in bringing to market outstanding naval history. This new book will only add to the reputation. Working with the National Maritime Museum, Seaforth has produced the first in a multi-volume series, using the epic work of Richard Perkins. This work was based on Perkins huge library of photographs of warships and was ended only by the outbreak of World War Two and the restrictions imposed for security reasons. Volume I covers Capital Ships from 1895-1939. This work will be of great importance to all professionals and enthusiasts with an interest in this significant period of naval history. The book does include some fine monochrome photographs, but its joy and strength is a collection of waterline drawings, many coloured, depicting the British Capital Ships of the period by Class. Most drawings include hand-written notes and these drawings are followed by detailed drawings of key identification points between warships within.. Read more