Gunboats of World War I (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

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By Angus Konstam, Paul Wright (Illustrator)
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From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, from the Balkans to Mesopotamia, gunboats played an influential part in the story of World War I. This detailed technical guide to the gunboats of all the major navies of the war means that, for the first time, the story can be told.

Naval action in World War I conjures up images of enormous dreadnoughts slugging it out in vast oceans. Yet the truth is that more sailors were killed serving on gunboats and monitors operating far from the naval epicentre of the war than were ever killed at Jutland. Gunboat engagements during this war were bloody and hard fought, if small in scale. Austrian gunboats on the Danube fired the first shots of the war, whilst German, British and Belgian gunboats fought one of the strangest, most intriguing naval campaigns in history in far-flung Lake Tanganyika.

About the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and widely published author has written many books on naval warfare including The History of Pirates, and Yangtze River Gunboats 1900-49. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472804983
ISBN-10: 1472804988
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard