NAVAL BATTLES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
BLOCKADE AND JUNGLE.
NEW copy. Battery Press, 2003. Hardcover issued without dust jacket.
Photographs, map, 270 pages.
~~~ The story of a German sailor who participated in the German East Africa campaign
under General Lettow-Vorbeck.
FROM TRENCH AND TURRET: ROYAL MARINES LETTERS AND DIARIES 1914-1918.
Hurd, Archibald, and Henry Castle,
GERMAN SEA POWER: ITS RISE, PROGRESS AND ECONOMIC BASIS, WITH MAPS AND APPENDICES
GIVING THE FLEET LAWS, ETC.
Charles Scriber's Sons., 1914. Good+. Ex-library, with white library
numbers on spine, rear card
pocket, and bookplate. Other markings minimal. Some rippling,
apparently from water damage, to spine, which is rippled, but
otherwise sound. Some discoloration to back cover. Edge of spine worn
through in one place (about Ĺ inch flaw) between spine and front cover,
also one top corner of spine worn through, and one nick at top of
spine. Otherwise covers show almost no edgewear, and no chipping.
This title currently in print (reprint edition) at $39.95. Appendices,
tables, two fold-out maps, index.
The Battle of Jutland
Fawcett, HW & GW Hooper,
THE FIGHTING AT JUTLAND.
Fine/Fine. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
(Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2001). 440 pages.
~~~ Jutland again - but a very different approach and an extremely useful tool for
those studying the events that led to the loss of ships on both sides. At the
end of WW1, there was considerable public disquiet about the outcome of the
Battle of Jutland. This was largely based on ignorance - but, even today, there
are those who still think Admiral Jellicoe should have been court-martialled for
turning his fleet away from the enemy. What few people realise, however, is that
this was the first major action between two enemy fleets since the Battle of
Trafalgar in 1805. During those intervening 111 years, the modern warship had
evolved into a gigantic thing of steel with revolving gun turrets. Tactics,
however, had never changed and 'crossing the enemy's 'T'' was still enshrined in
concrete - as the teaching of the day. In any scenario whereby two fleets -
sailing in line astern, are trying to achieve this advantage, it is also
perilously important to ensure the leading ships in one's own fleet are not
crossed! It was, therefore, perfectly in order for the Commander to manoeuvre
his fleet either towards or away from the enemy - depending on whether he was in
a position to gain this supreme advantage or ensure the enemy did not. Some say
Jellicoe had very good reasons for turning away - whereas others disagree. In
order to give the British public a better idea of exactly what went on during
the Battle, two Naval Officers - who had also been present at the Battle,
collected together 60 accounts from those who had fought in British ships. Their
purpose was to give the reader an insight into what had gone on throughout the
British fleet and across the RN rank structure at this time. Suitably edited,
they then placed these contributions together in the chronological order of the
Battle. Politically sensitive, however, it was difficult to get the material
published with only half the material finally seeing print at that time. This
book contains all the original text and also the carefully chosen photographs,
sketches and charts which were so important to that first edition. Entirely
re-set to make it more readable, this is an excellent book - for those
contemplating a trip to the wrecks in question - and for those who are not.
~~~ Currently in print at $45.00.
[Lusitania], Daniel Allen Butler,
THE LUSITANIA: The Life, Loss, and Legacy of an Ocean Legend. NEW copy, handcover with dust jacket. Stackpole Books, 2000.
Photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 291 pages.
Explains how a clandestine relationship between the Assistant Secretary of State and a British intelligence officer hopelessly compromised American neutrality. ...reveals that while a conspiracy within the British Admiralty to sink the Lusitania never existed, decisions were made at the highest levels that would ensure her eventual destruction.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.
[Lusitania], A.A. Hoehling & Mary Hoehling,
THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE LUSITANIA.
Bonanza Books, 1991. VG--, VG+. Spine rather cocked; remainder dot of top
page-edges. Otherwise a clean, tight copy. Reprint of 1956 edition.
~~~ Reconstructed from hundreds of survivors' accounts and naval documents and with a new preface that puts to rest several theories about the cargo of the fated ship, The Last Voyage of the Lusitania chronicles one of the greatest sea tragedies of all time. Though it took only eighteen minutes for the Lusitania to sink, this event changed the course of world history by bringing America into the First World War. A new generation of readers interested in American history will welcome this updated edition of the Hoehlings' classic account of the Lusitania.
~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT; paperback currently in print at $16.95.
[Lusitania], Mitch Peeke, Kevin Walsh-Johnson and Steven Jones,
THE LUSITANIA STORY.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2002).
Photographs, Passenger & Crew List, 1903 Agreement Cunard Obligations, Lusitania Online, Lusitania Dimensions & Statistics,
Bibliography, Index, 175 pages.
~~~ The Lusitania is today best remembered for the controversy surrounding her loss as a result of a German
submarine attack on Friday 7 May, 1915, during the First World War. But this book also tells of her life before that
cataclysmic event. It records the ground-breaking advances in maritime engineering that she represented, as well as
a hitherto unheard-of degree of opulence. After her sea trials (which she initially failed), her seven glorious years
of peacetime service are described when she captured the coveted Blue Riband for Great Britain. This book also takes
a close and authoritative look at the disaster which befell her and, with the help of leading experts, the authors
analyse the circumstances of her loss and try to determine why this magnificent vessel, together with 1,201 souls,
was lost in a mere eighteen minutes. After examining the subsequent public inquiries the story is brought right up
to date with a brief history of the wreck of this once fabulous liner. Thanks to the help of the current owner,
Gregg Bemis Junior, who has spent years and considerable resources surveying the wreck, many previously unresolved
questions are answered. The Lusitania Story is the complete story of this famous ocean liner, told for the first
time in a single volume with verified passenger and crew lists as well as an accurate record of those who survived
and perished. The value of this book is enhanced by its many illustrations.
[Lusitania], Diana Preston,
LUSITANIA: An Epic Tragedy.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Walker & Company, 2002). First Edition.
Maps, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 532 pages.
~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: "A vivid reconstruction of the famed ocean liner's demise and its
history-altering consequences. The Cunard liner Lusitania was a veritable floating city, capable of carrying thousands
of passengers who, on a typical crossing from Liverpool to New York, consumed '40,000 eggs, 4,000 pounds of fresh fish,
two tons of bacon and ham, 4,000 pounds of coffee, 1,000 pineapples, 500 pounds of grapes, 1,000 lemons, 25,000 pounds
of meat, nearly 3,000 gallons of milk, over 500 gallons of cream, and 30,000 loaves of bread.' Telling details such as
these are the stuff in which popular historian Preston (The Boxer Rebellion) trades. She is equally devoted to
small touches when it comes to writing about major players in the Lusitania's unfortunate end; her brief portrait of
the petulant but gentlemanly Kaiser Wilhelm, for instance, is well worth the price of admission and does much to
illuminate German conduct in WWI. Though standard histories often use the sinking of the Lusitania as a quick way
to explain how the US came to shed its neutrality and enter the war on the side of the Allies, it was no sneak
attack; as Preston writes, the German embassy in New York issued written warning to all passengers that the vessel was
subject to sinking, inasmuch as the Royal Navy had pressed it into reserve service as a troop and materiel-transport
vessel. On its ill-fated final voyage, the Lusitania was in fact carrying armaments along with other contraband, though
Preston reckons that it would have been more civilized for the Germans to board and evacuate the ship before sinking it.
Instead, nearly 1,200 civilians died as a result of the German attack. Its aftermath ultimately changed the outcome of
the war for reasons that Preston does a characteristically fine job of explaining. Top-drawer military history, engagingly
[Lusitania], David Ramsay,
LUSITANIA: SAGA AND MYTH.
NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Norton & Co., 2002).
First American Edition. Photographic plates, maps, appendices, bibliography, index, 308 pages.
~~~ "The saga of the Lusitania is one of the most remarkable in the annals of maritime history. State-of-the-art
when she went into service and the first express liner to be equipped with steam turbines, she outclassed all her rivals.
She triumphantly restored British supremacy on the North Atlantic passenger routes and became an acknowledged commercial
success; she was highly popular with her regular passengers. Her sinking in May 1915 by a German U-boat, with heavy loss
of life, was at that time the most savage attack on civilians in the course of war, and was widely denounced in allied
and neutral countries. From that day her loss has become encrusted with legends (including conspiracy theories), many of
them created by German propaganda. In this new book David Ramsay has unraveled those myths and legends and tells a
clear and compelling saga of terrible maritime disaster and clashes among three powerful nations. It is a story of
potentates and presidents, ambassadors and ministers of state, bankers, shipping magnates, spies, and, not least,
Captain William Turner, who had to defend himself against charges of incompetence and fight for his reputation.
Based on detailed research, this new book almost certainly contains the most objective account of the history of
the liner and the circumstances surrounding her sinking. The sinking of Lusitania, which took a mere eighteen minutes, led to a loss of life comparable with the Titanic
disaster, and the ramifications were felt across Europe and America; this masterly telling of the story will
intrigue the general reader as much as it does the historian and enthusiast."
[Lusitania], Colin Simpson,
Little Brown and Company, 1972. Third Printing. Not a Book Club edition.
Original "$8.95" price still on dust jacket. A 3/4" triangular chip missing
from front panel of jacket along bottom, also a closed 3/4" tear on bottom of
front panel, and a similar tear on back panel. (flaws not shown in picture)
"Finally, the Startling Truth
about One of the Most Fateful of All Disasters of the Sea." Photographs, notes,
bibliography, index, 303 pages.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.
Messimer, Dwight R.,
FIND AND DESTROY: Antisubmarine Warfare in World War I.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Naval Institute Press, 2001. Photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 298 pages. "World War I was the crucible of antisubmarine warfare (ASW), and the years of trial and error between 1914 and 1918 gave rise to the weapons and tactics used by todayís ASW forces. With this study, military historian Dwight Messimer examines the weapons, tactics, and organization used by all the belligerents during the war and provides some surprising findings. Because he draws heavily from personal accounts as well as from official records, his book will appeal to both serious readers seeking hard facts and to general readers who like stories about war at sea.
Messimer tells the story from both sides. German survivors who escaped from sunken U-boats explain what it was like to face the newly developed ASW weapons beneath the surface, and pilots tell what it was like from above. The author describes the Germanís well-organized and efficient ASW organization in the Baltic and the Helgoland Bight. He also discusses the weapons developed during the war that proved to be largely ineffective or outright failures. While his evaluations of the contributions made by aircraft and Q-ships put them in the category of only marginally effective, his analysis of the effectiveness of politics deems that ASW "weapon" the most effective of all. Solidly grounded in the best primary sources available in England, the United States, and Germany, this book is the first to address the ASW of all World War I belligerents.
Moffat, Alexander W.,
Captain, USNR (Ret),
A narrative memoir of the little-known and largely forgotten anti-submarine warfare in
World War I.
Paine, Ralph D.,
THE CORSAIR IN THE WAR ZONE.
Parker, JP, Commodore US Navy,
INTERNATIONAL LAW DOCUMENTS.
Pearce, George F,.
THE U.S. NAVY IN PENSACOLA: FROM SAILING SHIPS TO NAVAL AVIATION (1825-1930).
Pensacola: University of West Florida, 1980.
Samson, Charles R.,
FLIGHTS AND FIGHTS.
NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket. Battery Press, 1990; reprint of the original 1930 edition.
Photographs, maps, 372 pages.
"Samson was a pioneer airman in the British Royal Navy. This memoir covers his varied service incl with armoured cars in Belgium August to November of 1914. Then he flew RNAS a/c on raids from Belgium Nov. 1914 ro Feb. 1915. He then transfered to the Mediterreanean where he flew seaplanes at Gallipoli March to Dec. 1915. He commanded the seaplance carrier BEN-MY-CHREE which operated against the Turks off the palestine coast may 1916 to jan.1917 till sunk by a sub. His final assignment was CO of the Great Yarmouth air station in England in the last year of the war."
Scheer, Admiral Reinhard,
GERMANY'S HIGH SEAS FLEET IN THE WORLD WAR
NEW copy. Battery Press, 2002. Hardcover issued without dust jacket.
Maps, 376 pages.
~~~ The author commanded the German High Seas Fleet at Jutland.
Wolfe, Robert, Chief, Modern Military Headquarters Branch, Military Archives
U-BOATS AND T-BOATS, 1914-1918: GUIDES TO THE MICROFILMED
RECORDS OF THE GERMAN NAVY, 1850-1945: No. 1
. National Archives and Records Service,
US General Services Administration, Washington DC, 1984., VG-.
Stiff wraps, 8.5x11.
Typescript. Bottom corners dog-eared, bottom corner of
front cover missing. Binding otherwise tight, interior clean.
Table of Contents as follows: Introduction; Brief History of the German Navy;
History of the Tambach Archives; Arrangement of the Records; Use of this
Guide; Glossary of Selected German Terms and Abbreviations; Table of
Comparative Ranks; Table of Organization, 1917 (excerpt from PG 83683);
List of U-Boat and T-Boat War Journals not described in this Guide;
Suggestion for Citing Microfilm to Captured German and Related Records;
Published Guides to German Records Microfilmed at Alexandria, Virginia;
Captured German and Related Records (as of 1984); Register of Descriptions
of PG Record Items; Introduction to the Index; Index to the Record Items
Described in the Register; Instructions for Ordering Microfilm; Aerial View of
the Tambach Castle; Map of Tambach~Coburg, Upper Franconia. 357 pp.