• Italian Heavy Cruisers. From Trento to Bolzano

    When the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 effectively banned the building of battleships, competition between the major navies concentrated on the next most powerful category, heavy cruisers limited to 10,000 tons displacement and 8-inch guns. Italy followed this trend, the first design for what became Trento and Trieste being ordered in 1924. These were the fastest of the first generation ‘Treaty’ cruisers but were very lightly armoured, and the succeeding Zara class of four ships were slower but better protected. However, before the final ship of this class (Pola) had been completed, there was a return to the earlier fast, lightly protected concept with the Bolzano, although this ship also incorporated aspects of the Zara design.
    The political background, design history and technical features of these classes are covered in great depth in this volume. They were important ships, subject to incremental improvement so no two were identical, and modelmakers in particular will appreciate the space devoted to the variations in appearance, using both description and illustration.
    As major units of the Italian battlefleet, they were more active than most during the war and their careers are fully detailed, including analyses of damage suffered. Tragically, they were all sunk and the full circumstances of each loss is explored.
    As befits a technical history, the book is thoroughly illustrated with ship and armament plans, detail drawings and colour camouflage schemes, as well as an outstanding collection of photographs. Translated from the same series that produced the highly successful Italian Battleships, this volume is a fitting companion.

    56,00 
  • Seaforth World Naval Review 2022

    For more than a decade this annual volume has provided an authoritative summary of all that has happened to the world’s navies and their ships in the previous twelve months. It combines regional surveys with major articles on important new warships, and looks at wider issues of significance to navies such as aviation and weaponry. The contributors come from around the globe and as well as providing a balanced picture of naval developments, they interpret their significance and explain their context.
    As well as its regular regional reviews, the 2022 volume focusses on three fleets: the Sri Lankan Navy, the Spanish Navy and the Royal Navy. There are in-depth articles on the Argentinian Bouchard Class OPVs, the Russian Project 20380 Stereguschchiy Class corvettes, and the Royal Navy’s Batch 2 ‚River‘ Class OPVs. The technological section looks at optronic systems and offboard mine countermeasures, and there is the regular review of what is happening in naval aviation, which includes coverage of the US Marine/Navy MV-22 tiltrotor.
    Now firmly established as the only annual naval overview of its type in the world, The Seaforth World Naval Review is essential reading for professional and enthusiast alike. It takes the reader to the heart of contemporary maritime affairs.
    With 200 b/w and colour pictures.

    49,95