Fighting at Sea: Naval Battles from the Ages of Sail and Steam by Douglas M. McLeanFighting at Sea: Naval Battles from the Ages of Sail and Steam by Douglas M. McLean

Fighting at Sea: Naval Battles from the Ages of Sail and Steam

EditorDouglas M. McLean

Paperback | October 31, 2008

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This handsome illustrated book is a collaboration by six eminent Canadian, British and American naval historians. It consists of studies of naval battles or operations fought in the last two and a half centuries - three from the age of sail and three from the age of steam. The introduction and linking texts by Douglas M. McLean explore how developments in technology have changed naval warfare, while other aspects remain eternally the same. With its close analysis of naval operations and fund of detailed information, this is a book that will appeal to all students of naval warfare, as well as general readers.

"Justice to the Admirals": The Royal Navy and the Siege of Quebec, 1759. Canadian historian Donald E. Graves describes the under-appreciated role of naval operations in the capture of Quebec, which saw a quarter of the British fleet and much of the merchant fleet of the American colonies ascend 800 miles of uncharted river to land Wolfe's army before the capital of New France.

"Taking the President": USS President versus HMS Endymion, 1815.  Renowned British historian Andrew Lambert describes the War of 1812 action in which USS President commanded by Captain Stephen Decatur, attempting to avoid the British blockade of New York, was pursued by the British frigate Endymion and, after a vicious gunnery battle, forced to strike his colours.

"Old Ironsides'" Last Battle": USS Constitution versus HM Ships Cyane and Levant, 1815.  American naval historian William S. Dudley describes the sequence of events in which Constitution captured two British ships, Cyane and Levant. The American captain brought his prizes into port in the Cape Verde Islands only to be discovered by a superior British squadron. In a daring manoeuvre, not only did "Old Ironsides" escape and return to the U.S. but so did one of the prizes.

Hollow Victory: Gruppe Leuthen and the Battle for Convoys ON 202 and ONS 18, 1943. Canadian naval historian Douglas M. McLean describes a four-day battle in which German U-boats sank six merchantmen and three Allied warships for the loss of three of their own before Admiral Dšnitz suspended the operation. The battle, which a British officer called "the last struggle of a caged tiger," was the final success for the U-boats against Allied convoys in the Battle of the Atlantic.

"Shoot, shoot, shoot!" Night Destroyer Action in the English Channel, 1944.  Canadian naval historian Michael Whitby describes the German navy's attempt to attack the Normandy beaches after the D-Day landings. They were countered by the Royal Navy's 10th Flotilla in a confusing, intense night-time battle that was the largest destroyer action in European waters during the war.

On Britain's Doorstep: The Destruction of U-247, 1944 by British historian Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones. In summer 1944, as Allied armies battled in France, Admiral Dšnitz mounted a submarine campaign in British waters. An exemplary action was the destruction of U-247 by Canadian Escort Group 9 in early September 1944 after a 24-hour chase off the coast of Cornwall.

Lieutenant-Commander Douglas M. McLean,Royal Canadian Navy (Retd.), held a number of operational and staff postings involving anti-submarine warfare during his career. He is the author of numerous articles on the subject, published in Naval War College Review, Northern Mariner and Canadian Military History,and also contributed to the 1...
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Title:Fighting at Sea: Naval Battles from the Ages of Sail and SteamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.94 × 9.62 × 0.84 inPublished:October 31, 2008Publisher:Robin Brass StudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1896941567

ISBN - 13:9781896941561

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