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Warship 2019

Warship 2019 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2019 Title Warship 2019
Author various Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2019 ISBN 9781472835956
Format 224 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $60.00


Ably edited by John Jordan – with assistance from Stephen Dent – Warship 2019 continues the publication’s annual tradition of popular, maritime-history scholarship in English with a slew of fascinating topics:

  • Armed Merchant Cruiser: The Conversion of HMS Kanimbla, 1939
  • The French Battleship Brennus
  • The Genesis of the Six-Six Fleet
  • The Rise of the Brown Curtis Turbine
  • Battlecruiser Tiger: The Arrangement of the Main Engines
  • In Avrora’s Shadow: The Russian Cruisers of the Diana Class
  • Project 1030: A Nuclear Attack Submarine for the Italian Navy
  • The 340mm Coast Defense Battery at Cape Cépet
  • Powder Magazine Explosions on Japanese Warships
  • Beyond the Kaiser: The IGN’s Destroyers and Torpedo Boats after 1918
  • Early British Iron Armor
  • Australia’s First Destroyers
  • North Sea Partners: The British and Dutch Navies in the Cold War Era
  • USSS Lebanon (AG-2): A Jack of Several Trades

I especially enjoyed the articles on HMS Kanimbla, Russian Diana-class cruisers, Italian Navy nuclear submarine project, and – above all – the fates of Imperial German Navy destroyers and torpedo boats after 1918.

Spellbinding stuff!

Period photos, drawings, and archival images illustrate features. And capsule “Warship Notes”, book reviews, and a terrific “Warship Gallery” recapping “The Polish Navy against the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine 1-3 September 1939” complete contents.

Don’t skip the lead editorial, though. That’s where you’ll discover that Editor Jordan plans an article on the French World War II aircraft carrier Béarn in 2020. I can’t wait for that!


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!