This is a list of some recommended books that will provide a background to the modern Royal Navy. By clicking on the Buy now button and purchasing from Amazon, the small commission we receive will help support this site.

Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy

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Very Good, A very good, clean and sound copy in blue cloth boards, gilt title on spine with a very good dust jacket. DJ in clear protective wrapper. *******Large, Heavy Volume, EXTRA POSTAGE OUTSIDE THE UK ******** 8.9″x10.9″x1.5″; 4.0 lb; 320 pages. All the many campaigns, operations, and deployments the Royal Navy has conducted around the world in the past fifty years are examined in this new history by John Roberts. With privileged access to secret and confidential Admiralty plans and commanding officers reports, the author provides a wealth of previously unpublished information covering the period from the Cold War to the Falklands War and the Gulf Wars. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of rarely seen photographs, it tells the story of how the Royal Navy has adapted to meet new challenges and carried out such vital roles as manning the nation s strategic nuclear deterrent and guarding offshore oil and gas facilities. Published as a golden jubilee tribute to the Royal Navy, this complete history also covers the development of ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons, tactics, and strategies.. . .
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Overview of the operations of the RN since WWII. Lavishly illustrated with great photos. Published in association with the White Ensign Association.

Beyond Endurance: An Epic of Whitehall and the South Atlantic Conflict

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The campaign to re-take the Falkland Islands in 1982, was one of the most remarkable episodes in the long history of British overseas adventures. Nearly all the books that have appeared in the ensuing years have dealt with the campaign itself. Nicholas Barker takes a rather different view, concerning himself more with the reason why the British had to fight in what, as he says, has justifiably been called ‘a totally unnecessary war’. No one was better placed than he to blow aside the many smokescreens that have, in his view, been deliberately fanned to obscure the reasons why the war was fought. For Nick Barker was at the time Captain of Endurance, the only British presence in the South Atlantic. The Government’s decision to dispose of Endurance was seen as a clear signal to the Argentinians that Britain was not committed to the Falkland Islands. Nick Barker’s vivid account of his fight to save his ship, of the life of the South Atlantic and of the part that Endurance played in the Falklands makes enthralling reading.
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Phoenix Squadron: HMS Ark Royal, Britain’s last Topguns and the untold story of their most dramatic mission

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A perfect demonstration of the power and flexibility of carrier air power. In 1972 the appearance of Buccaneer aircraft from HMS Ark Royal instantly deterred Guatemalan aggression against British Honduras.

Up in Harm’s Way: Flying with the Fleet Air Arm

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This book covers the author’s flying career from the finish of World War II until his final appointment as CO of the Naval Test Squadron at Boscombe Down. Having had an outstanding wartime record ‘Mike’ Crosley became heavily involved with the introduction of Britain’s first carrier-borne jet aircraft. The book explains how modern techniques, such as the angled flight deck, steam catapult and decklanding mirror sights were developed and tested. At Boscombe down he developed the ‘hand’s-off’ launch technique for the Buccaneer which saved it from probable cancellation at a very difficult time for British naval aviation.
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Joint Force Harrier

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 344 Publisher: Penguin Helmand Province October 2006: On itish soldiers are engaged in the most Intense Against a Tough experienced and motivated enemy frighteningly sustained Fighting they’ve faced since the Korean War. . their lives too often depended on the success of danger-close. pin-point attacks pressed home from the air. When 800 Naval Air Squadron – callsign ‘Recoil’ – arrived in theatre. their Boss. Commander Ade Orchard. knew there could be no slip-ups. Day and night. the Fleet Air Arm crews were on constant alert. ready to scramble their heavily armed Harrier attack jets at a moment’s notice in support of the men on the ground. The call wasn’t slow in coming. Just fifteen minutes after getting airborne for the first time. Orchard and his wingman were in the thick of it. called in when an Apache helicopter gunship was forced back b…
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Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War

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Frankly written account of the Sea Harrier in action which proved to be a war winner in the Falklands. The CO of 801 Squadron at times is critical of the way the war was fought and argues the case for the Fleet Air Arm against the tide of RAF opposition.

Ordeal by Exocet

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By the navigating officer of destroyer HMS Glamorgan which survived an Exocet missile hit. A vivid first hand account of daily life on the frontline on a RN escort at war. A gripping and realistic insight into a modern battle at sea.

Through Fire and Water: HMS Ardent – Forgotten Frigate of the Falklands War

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The harrowing story of the men of HMS Ardent which was attacked 17 times, killing 22 of her crew before sinking. Focusing on the human cost in the loss of the ship it demonstrates the courage and sacrifice made by the crew

Four Weeks in May: A Captain’s Story of War at Sea

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Four Weeks in May HMS Coventry’s job during the Falklands War was to provide early warning of approaching enemy aircraft. On 25 May, Coventry was attacked by two Argentine Skyhawks and hit by three bombs. Her Captain, David Hart Dyke, himself badly burned, climbed down her starboard side and into a life-raft. This book tells his story.
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