Cruiser by Mike Carlton. HMAS Perth

Highly recommended.

 

HMAS Perth saw more action than most other RAN ships of WWII. Built in Britain as one of the modified Leander class and later purchased by the RAN, she had heavy armament but no radar and primitive Asdic.

Every detail of the ship is described in full, from her building, her voyages in the Atlantic and the Med., and then transfer to the Far East and eventual loss by Japanese attack in the Battle of Sunda Strait. Many crew survived only to be brutally murdered in Japanese captivity.  Full attention is paid to the lives of the men who crewed her, almost every man from stoker to commander, the stories make good reading.

Well written in a flowing journalistic style. A story once begun, hard to leave aside.

706 pp. text references, bibliography and comprehensive index.

approx 40 photos mostly B&W

Good condition. Some shelf rubbing and small tears in jacket corners.

 

$25.00

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The Dreadnoughts by David Howarth pub. 1979 Time-Life Books

Detailed study of the Royal Navy's Dreadnoughts built in the 1890s to affirm Britain's command of the sea.

They proved heavily armed but excessively slow with reciprocating engines. That is, until Charles Parsons' "Turbinia" attended the Spithead Review of 1897 and shamed the Admiralty into quickly adopting the steam turbine.

Later warships built as the threat posed by Kaiser Wilhelm loomed, were faster and more effective.

Then came the Battle of Jutland of 1914, described in  minute detail in this book, lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, drawing and paintings. Thereafter the German High Seas Fleet was confined to base.

The text is very  scholarly .      A significant book, impressively bound and gold-embossed.

 

size Quarto 172 pp. over 100 photos, maps and paintings

Very Good condition ex-library copy

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Black Night off Finisterre: The tragic tale of an early British Ironclad by Arthur Hawkey

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Finisterre is literally "the end of the earth",  in this context the western extremity of a peninsula in southern Spain.

The book is a brilliantly told tale, graphic in its detail.  A great read, by an experienced journalist.

192 pp. hard cover  20 photos, drawings and maps

Fine condition, some scuffing of dust cover corners.

 

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Ships on the Australia Station by John Bastock

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The Royal Navy maintained a fleet in Australia, mainly in Sydney based at Garden Island until the creation of the RAN on 10th July 1911.

The book is a superlative pictorial study of the many, many vessels assigned to the Station from its establishment as a separate command in 1859. However ships from Endeavour and Sirius onward are covered in full using very fine pen and ink drawings . 

The quality of the book is shown by the inclusion of photos from as far back as 1875.

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Australian and New Zealand Warships, 1914 - 1945 by Ross Gillett

An impressive compilation of the detail of the vessels themselves, their building their war experiences and a photo of each type of ship and each ship where possible. Everything is here from battleships to tenders, tugs to dinghies.

An absorbing read to dip into many times.

345 pp. over 300 photos all B&W

Very good condition apart from some 'stickiness' on some pages due to their glossiness.

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Warrior: Restoring the World's First Ironclad by Andrew Lambert

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A very stimulating read. Restored, she now resides at Portsmouth beside Victory and Mary Rose

190 pp. over 100 photos, fine drawings by original Marine Architect. Appendices, including specifications

Index

Very Fine condition in plastic wrapper

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Britains Merchant Navy ed. Archibald Hurd

Mainly but not entirely about the bravery of the men and the fate of so many fine ships of the merchant marine during WWII.  

Many photos and illustrations plus  40 superb sectioned explanatory drawings.

A fascinating piece of history yet not dated: the times described seem like only yesterday.

256 pp. index. Good condition cloth bound

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The Man of War by MacIntyre and Bathe

272 pp. over 300 illustrations paintings photos drawings plans some in colour

Very good condition except for tear in dustcover spine

Covers warships from the Viking ships to nuclear subs

 

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Make Another Signal by Jack Broome

A history not of signals themselves but of the stories behind the really significant ones made in times of crisis and the events involved

252  pp. some photos B&W many drawings

soft cover fair cond.

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Jane's Fighting Ships of World War I

Describes all the warships of the time whether British American German Japanese French Italian Russian Danish Dutch Spanish. In stunning detail as to builder, propulsion, armament, personnel, uniforms. Amazing depth of research. 

320 pp. '000s of photos 

Fine condition some curling of dust cover edges.

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Jane's American Fighting Ships of the Twentieth Century

320 pp. over 1000 illustrations all B&W.

A very detailed encyclopedia of USN fleet.

Includes US Coastguard

Fine condition. with some slight tearing of dust cover corner rear

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Glorious Victory by Janice Murray Dundee City Library

.Deeply researched fully illustrated mainly by artists' paintings and drawings, and from late 19th century by photos all B&W

70  pages. soft cover  condition very good. 

 

$25.00

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Cruisers Australian Seapower magazine profile no. 4. free shipping

A pictorial study of this class of Australian Navy vessels, 

80 pp. over 100 illustrations B&W . Fleet lists Aust and NZ

Soft cover Good condition

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The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal by Robert F Ballard with Rick Archbold

Robert Ballard is famous for developing a deep water submarine to discover and explore the wreck of the Titanic.

In this book he uses the sub. to locate and study the wrecks of battleships sunk during the fierce WWII  battle against the Imperial Japanese navy for the crucial island of Guadalcanal off the Philippines. Accompanying the search are surviving sailors from some of the  sunken ships.  Included is HMAS Canberra.

The story of the  sea and land battle, and its historical significance,  is given in detail.

 

Hardback 228 pages 100s of photos colour and historic B&W

Fine condition with a dent and small tear in the top RHS of dust cover

333

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Battles of the Nineteenth Century

Military Land Battles.

A collection of all 3 volumes of this very unusual series.         Each book approx 750 pages in length

Each includes approx 100 illustrations mostly etchings and drawings all B&W,  with full page frontispiece   A military historian's  delight.

Hard cover beautifully patterned and gold=embossed. All are in Fair to Good condition with some scuffing and occasional loosening of binding. No damage.            Weighty tomes each about 1.5 kg.

Offered as a full set at this special price

 

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