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British Sailor of the Second World War

Recent release

Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

tells the dramatic story of how the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate and fearless sailors and navy personnel during World War II.

Recent titles

Recent titles

Angus is the author of over sixty books. Recent titles include, There was a Soldier (selected as Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Month for June 2009), the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Piracy: The Complete History, and Blackbeard, his well-received biography of the notorious pirate.

Osprey Titles

 The Bismark 1941: Hunting Germany's Greatest Battleship

American Civil War Fortifications:
Coastal brick and stone forts

Fortress Series 114 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-841-76-409-4
64 pages, 50 illustrations, including maps, 28,000 word text


The Armada Campaign 1588
Elite Series 74 (Oxford, 2001)
ISBN 1-841-761923
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text

The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries
Ekite Series (Aug. 2016)
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1472815432
ISBN-13: 978-1472815439

The Bismark 1941: Hunting Germany's Greatest Battleship
Paperback: 96 pages
ISBN-10: 1849083835
ISBN-13: 978-1849083836

The break of the German battleship Bismarck into the North Atlantic in May 1941 was one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II. It began with a battle between the Bismarck and the British battleship Prince of Wales and the heavy cruiser Hood. The Hood was blown to pieces, while the battered Prince of Wales managed to escape. The British then focused all of their resources on hunting the might German battleship and eventually brought her down.

Blackbeard's Last Fight: Pirate Hunting in North Carolina 1718
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1849080798
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00AHWCXJ2
British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45

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British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45

Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1849080798
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3204 KB
ASIN: B00AHWCXJ2

With war against Germany looming, Britain pushed forward its carrier program in the late 1930s. In 1938, the Royal Navy launched the HMS Ark Royal, its first-ever purpose-built aircraft carrier. This was quickly followed by others, including the highly-successful Illustrious class. Smaller and tougher than their American cousins, the British carriers were designed to fight in the tight confines of the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Over the next six years, these carriers battled the Axis powers in every theatre, attacking Italian naval bases, hunting the Bismark, and even joining the fight in the Pacific. This book tells the story of the small, but resilient, carriers and the crucial role they played in the British war effort.

British Battlecruisers, 1939-45
New Vanguard Series 88 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-84176-633 - X
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

British Battleships, 1914-18: Pt. 1: The Early Dreadnoughts
New Vanguard Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1780961677
ISBN-13: 978-1780961675
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2862 KB
ASIN: B00AHWCXII

British Battleships (1) 1939-45: Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1846033888
ISBN-13: 978-1846033889

With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet ten of the 12 battleships were already over 20 years old, having served in World War I, and required extensive modifications to allow them to perform a vital service throughout the six long years of conflict. This title offers a comprehensive review of the development of these British battleships from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and wartime service, with detailed descriptions of the effectiveness of the main armament of individual ships. With specially commissioned artwork and a dramatic re-telling of key battleship conflicts, this book will highlight what it was like on board for the sailors who risked their lives on the high seas.

British Battleships 1939-45

British Battleships (2) 1939-45: Nelson and King George V Classes
(New Vanguard)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1846033896

British Commando 1940-45
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1472814827
ISBN-13: 978-1472814821
Formed on the orders of Winston Churchill, the Commandos were Britain's first modern elite fighting unit. This is the perfect guide to the British Commando, appealing to anyone with an interest in British military history, World War II and the evolution of modern fighting units such as the SAS, SBS and Royal Marine Commandos.

British Destroyers 1939 45 (1): Pre-War Classes
Paperback: 48 pages
New Vanguard Series (UK) (18 April 2017)
ISBN-10: 1472816366
ISBN-13: 978-1472816368

British Light Cruisers
British Forts in the Age of Arthur
(Fortress)
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1846033624
ISBN-13: 978-1846033629

British Heavy Cruisers 1939-45
(New Vanguard - 20 May 2012)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1849086869
ISBN-13: 978-1849086868
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B007X3K0AC

British Light Cruisers 1939-45
(New Vanguard - Oct. 2012)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1849086842
ISBN-13: 978-1849086844
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3321 KB
ASIN: B009AS919O

British Motor Gun Boat, 1939-45
New Vanguard Series 166 (Oxford, 2003)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2797 KB
Print Length: 48 pages
ASIN: B00BYWCRQS

British Motor Torpedo Boat, 1939-45
New Vanguard Series 74 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-84176-500 - 7
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

British Napoleonic Ship-of-the-Line
New Vanguard Series 42 (Oxford, 2001)
ISBN 1-84176-308X
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Buccaneers, 1620-1700
Elite Series 72 (Oxford, 2000)
ISBN 1-84176-035-8
64 pages, 50 illustrations, 20,000 word text

Commonwealth Cruisers

Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-45
(New Vanguard - Oct. 2015)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1472805011
ISBN-13: 978-1472805010

Confederate Blockade Runner, 1861-65
New Vanguard Series 92 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-84176-636 - 4
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text



Confederate Ironclad, 1861-65
New Vanguard Series 41 (Oxford, 2001)
ISBN 1-84176-307-1
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Confederate Raider, 1861-65
New Vanguard Series 64 (Oxford, 2002)
ISBN 1-84176-496 - 5
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Confederate Submarines & Torpedo Vessels, 1861-65
New Vanguard Series 103 (Oxford, 2004)
ISBN 1-84176-720-4
ISBN: 9781841767208
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Duel of the Ironclads: Monitor & Virginia at Hampton Roads, 1862
(Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-84176-721-2
192 pages, 150 illustrations, including maps, 55,000 word text

Elizabethan Sea Dogs, 1560-1605
Elite Series 70 (Oxford, 2000)
ISBN 1-84176-015-3
64 pages, 50 illustrations, 20,000 word text

Fair Oaks, 1862: McClellan's Peninsula Campaign
Elite Series 124 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-841-76-680-1
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text

The Forts of Celtic Britain
The Forts of Celtic Britain
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 846030641
ISBN-13: 978-1846030642

The Great Expedition: Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main 1585-86
ISBN13: 9781849082457
ISBN: 1849082456
BINC: 3209367
ASIN: B004OBQRTY

Guilford Courthouse 1781: Lord Cornwallis's Ruinous Victory
Elite Series 109 (Oxford, 2002)
ISBN 1-841-76-411-6
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text


Gunboates of WW1
ISBN 101472804988
ISBN 139781472804983
48 pages, 47 illustrations

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. 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.

Hampton Roads, 1862
Elite Series 103 (Oxford, 2002)
ISBN: 1-841-76-410-8
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text


Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson
Paperback: 64 pages
English ISBN-10: 1849084955
ISBN-13: 978-1849084956
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3384 KB
ASIN: B005FLZMZW

The most famous admiral in history, Horatio Nelson's string of naval victories helped secure Britain's place as the world's dominant maritime power, a position she held for more than a century after Nelson's death. A young officer during the American Revolution, Nelson rose to prominence during Britain's war with Revolutionary France, becoming a hero at the battle of Cape St. Vincent. He went on to win massive victories at the Nile and Copenhagen, before leading the British to their historic victory at Trafalgar in 1805. But, in that moment of his greatest glory, Nelson was struck down by a French sharpshooter. Today Nelson is revered as an almost mythical figure - a naval genius and a national hero. He was also a deeply flawed individual whose vanity, ego and private life all threatened to overshadow his immense abilities. This book reveals the real Nelson.

Lepanto, 1571: The greatest naval battle of the Renaissance
Elite Series 114 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-841-76-409-4
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text

Marlborough
Marlborough
Paperback: 64 pages
English ISBN-10: 1849083614
ISBN-13: 978-1849083614
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4378 KB
ASIN: B006J7P1B6

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, is one of the great commanders of history. Using his great charm and diplomatic skills he was able to bind troops from various European states into a cohesive army that won a string of victories over the French armies of King Louis XIV, the first of which was perhaps his most spectacular triumph - the battle of Blenheim. Other great victories followed, but political and social turmoil proved harder opponents to defeat. This book provides a detailed look at the many highs and lows in the career of the most successful British general of his era.


Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War, 1861-65
New Vanguard Series 49 (Oxford, 2002)
ISBN 1-84176-413 - 2
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4829 KB
ASIN: B00B4CAV48

Naval Miscellany
(Hardcover 2010)
ASIN: B003UVC3LK
ISBN-10: 1846039894
ISBN-13: 978-1846039898

Nile River Gunboats 1882-1918
New Vanguard series (20 Oct. 2016)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1472814762
ISBN-13: 978-1472814760

Pavia, 1525: The Climax of the Italian Wars
Campaign Series: 44 (London, 1996)
ISBN 1-85532-504-7
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text

Peter the Great's Army: Infantry v.1: Infantry Vol 1
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 185532315X
ISBN-13: 978-1855323155

Peter the Great's Army: Cavalry v.2: Cavalry Vol 2
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1855323486
ISBN-13: 978-1855323483

Pirate: The Golden Age

The Pirate Ship, 1660-1730
New Vanguard Series 70 (Oxford, 2003)
ISBN 1-84176-497 - 3
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Pirates: Terror on the High Seas
(Oxford, 2001)
ISBN 1-84176-452-3
196 pages, 150 illustrations, 60,000 word text

Pirate: The Golden Age
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1849084971
ISBN-13: 978-1849084970
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3333 KB
ASIN: B005MQAD5O

Poltava, 1709: Russia Comes of Age
Paperback: 96 pages (also available in hardback-17 Oct 1994)
ISBN-10: 1855324164
ISBN-13: 978-1855324169

Poltava 1709

Poltava marked the demise of Sweden as a European great power and the rise of Russia. In 1707, the seemingly invincible Charles XII led his army deep into Russia. It was to prove his undoing - the long march eroded the fighting strength of the invaders; a vital supply convoy was lost; and the winter of 1708/9 was the worst in living memory. Although the great Northern War was to drag on for another twelve years, after 1709 Sweden was isolated and on the strategic defensive. Within a year both Saxony-Poland and Denmark would rejoin the anti-Swedish cause, and the capture of Vyborg to the north of St. Petersburg and Riga to the south would ensure the safety of Tsar Peter's fledgling European capital - all results of the battle. In this Osprey Campaign title, Angus Konstam recounts the events leading up to Poltava and looks in particular at how this battle led to the destruction of the Swedish Army. As part of his investigation both armies and their commanders are examined carefully. Fluency in Russian allowed author Angus Konstam to visit the country regularly and gain access to primary source material previously unseen in the west: hard work which has made this account of Poltava stand out.

Privateers & Pirates 1730-1830
Campaign Series 86 (Oxford, 2001)
ISBN 1-84176-0161
64 pages, 50 illustrations, 20,000 word text

The Renaissance War Galley, 1470-1590
New Vanguard Series 62 (Oxford, 2002)
ISBN 1-84176-443-4
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

River Plate 1939

River Plate, 1939 The Sinking Of The Graff Spee
Paperback: 96 pages
ISBN-10: 1472817958
ISBN-13: 978-1472817952

Days before the outbreak of World War II a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen. Amongst them was the Panzerschiff ('armoured ship') Graf Spee, a formidable warship that boasted the firepower of a battleship but the size, speed and range of a cruiser. When World War II commenced, under the command of Captain Langsdorff the Graf Spee began a hunting spree across the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean that eventual took her to the River Plate in search of her next victim - an Allied convoy. Instead she found three Royal Navy cruisers under the command of Commodore Harwood, eager to put an end to the 'pocket battleship' that had been terrorizing Allied merchant ships.

The Russian Army of the Seven Years War: Vol 2

The Russian Army of the Seven Years War: Vol 1
Paperback: 48 pages , illustrated edition edition (15 Jul 1996) Language English
ISBN-10: 1855325853
ISBN-13: 978-1855325852

The Russian Army of the Seven Years War: Vol 2
Paperback: 48 pages, illustrated edition edition (15 Oct 1996)
ISBN-10: 185532587X
ISBN-13: 978-1855325876

San Juan Hill, 1898: America's Emergence as a World Power
Campaign Series: 57 (London, 1998)
ISBN 1-85532-701-5
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text

Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow: The Defences of Britain's Great Fleet Anchorage 1914-45
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1846033667
ISBN-13: 978-1846033667

A strategically important natural harbor in the Orkney Islands, Scapa Flow served as Britain's main fleet anchorage during World Wars I and II. It held Jellicoe's Grand Fleet from 1914-18, and it was from here that it sailed out to do battle with the Germans at Jutland in 1916. In 1914 the British began building a comprehensive defensive network by fortifying the entrances to Scapa Flow and then extending these defenses to cover most of Orkney. These static defenses were augmented with boom nets, naval patrols and minefields, creating the largest fortified naval base in the world. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Scapa Flow again proved ideally situated to counter the German naval threat and served as the base for Britain's Home Fleet. Despite constant attacks from aircraft and U-boats, one of which managed to sink the British battleship Royal Oak, the defenses of Scapa Flow were again augmented and improved. By 1940, Orkney had become an island fortress, the largest integrated defensive network of its kind in Europe, manned by as many as 50,000 Commonwealth troops. Backed by newly commissioned artwork, naval historian Angus Konstam tells the story of this mighty naval fortress, many pieces of which can still be seen on the island today.

Scourge of the Seas: Buccaneers, Pirates and Privateers
Hardcover: 240 pages
ISBN-10: 1846032113
ISBN-13: 978-1846032110

In their heyday, the sight of a pirate ship on the horizon would strike terror into the hearts of their intended victims. The colorful yet fearsome reputation of the pirate still resonates today and the sight of the skull and crossbones retains its thrilling power. The lives of the most famous of their brethren have been immortalized, initially in the pamphlets of the time, now in movies and books. Telling the full story of piracy from the "buccaneering era" of the 17th century to the last great piratical wave of the early 19th century, this book explores the generally short and bloody life of the pirate, detailing his ship, weaponry, and codes of behaviour, as well as his most famous exploits. It is the gripping tale of the violent and deadly brigands who roamed the high seas in search of plunder.

Seven Days Battles, 1862: Lee's defense of Richmond
Elite Series 133 (Oxford, 2004)
ISBN 1-841-76-682-8
96 pages, 80 illustrations, including maps, 25,000 word text

Ship Spotter's Guide
2014
ISBN-10: 147280869X
ISBN-13: 978-1472808691
128 pages

The Spanish Armada
"The Spanish Armada": The Great Enterprise Against England 1588
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1846034965
ISBN-13: 978-1846034961

With the launch of the Spanish Armada in 1588, England suffered its greatest threat since the Norman invasion some 500 years before. The Spanish King, Philip II had devised a complex plan whereby the armada would sail up the English Channel, pick up the Spanish Army of Flanders on the French coast and ferry them across to England. In response, Elizabeth I launched her fleet of Sea Dogs to counter the threat. Led by colorful characters like Sir Francis Drake, the English surprised the Spanish Armada at its anchorage at Gravelines, preventing their rendezvous and forcing a full retreat. Naval expert Angus Konstam details the background to the campaign, the opposing fleets, and the whole campaign, including the Armada's disastrous return voyage around Scotland and Ireland that became one of the most tragic episodes in maritime history. Fully illustrated with photographs, maps and artwork, this book is a action-packed account of one of the best known naval campaigns in world history.

Spanish Galleon, 1530-1690
New Vanguard Series 96 (Oxford, 2004)
ISBN 1-84176-637 -24
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Strongholds of the Picts: The Fortifications of Dark Age Scotland
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1846036860
ISBN-13: 978-1846036866

Tudor Warships (1)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1846032512
ISBN-13: 978-184603251

Tudor Warships (2)
Paperback: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1846032520
ISBN-13: 978-1846032523

Warships of the Anglo-Dutch Wars 1652-74

Union Monitor, 1861-65
(Oxford, 2001)
ISBN 1-84176-306-3
48 pages, 40 illustrations, 15,000 word text

Warships of the Anglo-Dutch Wars 1652-74
Paperback: 48 pages (20 Sep 2011)
ISBN-10: 1849084106
ISBN-13: 978-1849084109
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3118 KB
ASIN: B006J7P1JS

Yangtze River Gunboats 1900-49
Paperback: 48 pages (June 21, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1849084084
ISBN-13: 978-1849084086

Titles

Angus is the author of over eitghty books, many of which are listed here. His most recent books are listed on this page, including There was a Soldier (selected as Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Month for June 2009), the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Piracy: The Complete History, and Blackbeard, his well-received biography of the notorious pirate.

Other titles for various publishers can be found in the following links

link to Osprey books