Nile River Gunboats 1882–1918 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

Nile River Gunboats 1882–1918 (New Vanguard) By Angus Konstam, Peter Dennis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angus Konstam, Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
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For more than 30 years, the Nile river gunboat was an indispensable tool of empire, policing the great river, and acting as floating symbols of British imperial power. They participated in every significant colonial campaign in the region, from the British invasion of Egypt in 1882, to the Battle of Omdurman in 1898, when Britain finally won control of the Sudan. After that, the gunboats helped maintain British control over both Egypt and the Sudan, and played a key role in safeguarding British interests around the headwaters of the Nile--a region hotly contested by several European powers. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this comprehensive volume offers a detailed analysis of the Nile river gunboats' entire career, from monitoring British colonial interests to defending Egypt against the Ottoman Turks in World War I.

About the Author

Angus Konstam is the author of over 50 books, and several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates, and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. 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. He lives in Edinburgh.

Peter Dennis studied illustration at Liverpool Art College and has since contributed to hundreds of books. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he lives in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Praise For…

"Illustrated with period photos and drawings and new artwork . . . [Nile River Gunboats] examines the full story of these iconic Empire builders, from the first hastily adapted "penny steamers" to the three classes of purpose-built gunboats that finally conquered the Sudan." - Sea Classics Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472814760
ISBN-10: 1472814762
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard