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Warship 2018

Warship 2018 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2018 Title Warship 2018
Author John Jordan (editor) Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2018 ISBN 9781472829993
Format 224 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $60.00

Review

Available from Osprey Publications, Warship 2018 serves a savory smorgasbord of stimulating articles and reviews across 224 fact-packed pages:

  • Niels Iuel: "A funny little Danish warship"
  • The Battle of the River Plate: A Tactical Analysis
  • Under the Guns: Battle Damage to Graf Spee, 13 December 1939
  • The Armoured Cruiser Jeanne d'Arc
  • Breaking "Ultra": The Cryptologic and Intelligence War between Britain and Italy, 1931-1943
  • The IJN Cruiser Oyodo
  • Coast Defence and Coast Offence: Russian Monitor Designs of the First World War Era
  • Modern Naval Replenishment Vessels
  • Lost in the Fog of War: Royal Navy Cruiser Designs for Trade Protection 1905-1920
  • Amatsukaze: A Destroyer's Struggle
  • USS Huntington (ex-West Virginia)

Hard to say which I liked best. All proved intensely informative – and entertaining. But I'd spotlight Niels Iuel, the River Plate tactical analysis, WWI Russian monitor designs, and the intelligence war between Britain and Italy as particularly provocative.

Coverage concludes with the usual capsule "Warship Notes" features, book reviews, and a fascinating piece on former Imperial German U-boats in Japan, 1921.

The always-erudite annual always offers the finest popular, maritime-history scholarship in English. I loved this installment.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!