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Angus Konstam

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About the Author

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of näytä lisää Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The History of Pirates (1999) 198 kappaletta
Historical Atlas of the Crusades (2002) 83 kappaletta
Atlas of Medieval Europe (2000) 78 kappaletta
Poltava 1709: Russia Comes of Age (1994) 70 kappaletta
Naval miscellany (2010) 68 kappaletta
The Forts of Celtic Britain (2006) 62 kappaletta
Pirates 1660-1730 (1998) 57 kappaletta
Privateers & Pirates 1730-1830 (2001) 46 kappaletta
Peter the Great's Army 2: Cavalry (1993) 42 kappaletta
Buccaneers 1620-1700 (2000) 42 kappaletta
The History of Shipwrecks (1999) 35 kappaletta
Hunt the Bismarck (2003) 34 kappaletta
Pirate: The Golden Age (2011) 31 kappaletta
Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-45 (2015) 30 kappaletta
Marlborough (Command) (2010) 26 kappaletta
Horatio Nelson (Command) (2011) 23 kappaletta
Civil War Ghost Stories (2005) 18 kappaletta
British Ironclads 1860-1875 (2018) 17 kappaletta
British Commando 1940-45 (2016) 13 kappaletta
Rome : History and Landscape (2007) 5 kappaletta
Rome: A Photographic Journey (2008) 4 kappaletta
Lock & Load (2002) 3 kappaletta
Pirates the complete history (2011) 3 kappaletta
Pirates! (Trade Editions) (1998) 3 kappaletta
Duel of the Ironclads 2 kappaletta
Atlas der Beutezüge zur See (1999) 2 kappaletta
ARMADA INVENCIBLE - LA (2011) 2 kappaletta
The Pirate World 1 kappale
100 Greatest Battles (2023) 1 kappale
Metla moří (2007) 1 kappale
Wyprawy krzyżowe (2005) 1 kappale
Civil War Weapons (2004) 1 kappale

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It's been some time since I've read an account of the hunt for the "Scharnhorst," probably a short overview by Vincent O'Hara in his survey of German surface-ship actions, so I wanted to read something with a little more detail. Konstam does a very good job giving you a concise telling of this fight, putting it into contemporary strategic context, and taking into account the impact of "Ultra," as the British were prepared to use a convoy as bait. This last point almost bit the British back, as the German destroyer escort came close to tripping over the British convoy on their own.

As for the fight itself, the short version is radar - don't leave home without it. In a fight fought mostly darkness in a howling gale, the gunnery of the "Scharnhorst" was severely limited due to electronic inferiority, though she wound up dying very hard; Konstam tersely describes the action as an "execution." This is particularly since only 36 men survived; Admiral Erich Bey and the other 2000-odd crewmen going to the deep.

The thought that comes to mind is that this action is a last reflection of the institutional cultures the British and German naval forces came out of the Great War with. The British being fixated on aggressive action when the opportunity presented itself, a result of the botched hunt for the "Goeben" and the disappointment of Jutland. The Germans trying to maintain a fleet in being, while at the same time keeping themselves relevant, and living down the mutiny of the surface fleet in 1918. From this battle on, the British are looking for ways to make themselves useful to an American naval hierarchy who really doesn't want them, and the German naval command is trying to salvage a useful submarine force, while offering assistance to the German war effort in the Baltic.
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Shrike58 | Dec 2, 2023 |
Found this in Border's. For the right sum I would review it as "delightful".
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markm2315 | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 1, 2023 |
For the best part of three centuries the 'corsairs' or pirates from the 'Barbary' coasts of North Africa dominated the Western and Central Mediterranean. They made forays far into the Atlantic, preying on the shipping and coastal settlements across Christian Europe, ranging from Greece to West Africa and the British Isles. In the absence of organized European navies they seldom faced serious opposition, and the scope of their raiding was remarkable. As well as piracy and slave-raiding they fought as privateers, sharing their spoils with the rulers of the port-cities that provided them with ships, men, and a ready market. This book examines their development and their style of fighting, chronicles their achievements and failures, and illustrates their appearance and that of their ships, explaining why they were so feared and effective.… (lisätietoja)
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