Title: Great Battle Fleets. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Hamlyn, London, 1973, ISBN:0600339130
Seller ID: 21243
WARNER, Oliver. Great Battle Fleets. London : Hamlyn, (1973). First Printing. Pp (6),7-240. Double column. Illustrated throughout. 4to, purple cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Oliver Martin Wilson Warner (February 28, 1903, London, England – d. August 14, 1976, Haslemere, Surrey) was a well-known British naval historian and writer. "The era of the battle fleet is over. Never again will mighty surface fleets clash on the high seas. From the sixteenth century to the Second World War, when battle fleets faced each other, the fate of nations hung in the balance. The westward thrust of Islam was checked by the Spanish and Venetians at Lepanto in 1571; the United States owes her emergence as a nation in part to the action of the French fleet off Chesapeake Bay in 1781; in 1942 at Midway the fate of Japan was sealed in a titanic struggle between the two most powerful fleets ever to oppose each other. In this book the distinguished naval historian Oliver Warner tells the stories of the Spanish, Elizabethan, Dutch and Swedish fleets, of the fleet of France and Nelsons fleet, of the Imperial Japanese fleet, the BritishGrand Fleet, the German High Seas Fleet and the United States fleet. He de scribes each at its zenith, detailing also its origins and later history. He tells of the commanders, the fighting men, the engagements and above all of the ships themselves: the Venetian galleasses, Nelsons ships of the line, the early ironclads and the revolutionary Dreadnoughts. The wide range ofillustrations in colour and black-and-white capture the drama and heroics of the battles and the majesty of the great ships and fleets at sea. Together, text and pictures combine to make this an important and highly attractive book, presenting as it does a broad view of the distribution of sea power over the last five hundred years." (from the dj). Chapters [un-numbered in the text] are : 1. The Spanish Fleet; 2. The Elizabethan Fleet; 3. The Dutch Fleet; 4. The Swedish Fleet; 5. The Fleet of France; 6. Nelson's Fleet;7. The Japanese Fleet; 8. The British Grand Fleet; 9. The German High Seas Fleet; 10. The United States Fleet. With index. Very good in nicked dustja cket. 25.00