The comparatively small type of monitor intended for use on rivers and larger wetlands is well protected and, in general, carried the largest-calibre guns of any riverine warship. On 18 December 1965, as its major commitment to the Vietnam War was in its early stages, the US Navy decided to create a ‘brown-water navy’ for …
Given its huge size and enormously varied geography, the USSR – like the Imperial Russia it succeeded in 1917 – found that there was considerable scope for the use of gunboats on the country’s many large rivers, major lakes, and even its shallow coastal waters (such as the Sea of Azov and the Gulf of …
Despite its different designation, the river gunboat was in reality the riverine counterpart of the sea-going monitor, but because of its supposed limitation to more confined waters was a far smaller vessel with a correspondingly lighter armament optimised for the bombardment of river bank targets. In February 1915 the British ordered 12 ‘Fly’ class river …
A history of the ‘Project 7’ class destroyers built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1930s, including how they were assembled and their varied service performance during WW2.
A history of the German type 1934 destroyers, designed to match the capabilities of vessels from other navies, with specifications; most were sunk but 5 survived the war.
The various American light cruiser warships produced between World War I and World War II, as well as warships produced by the other allies.
A history of US heavy cruisers of World War II and after. The different categories of the cruisers and how they came about.
Development of fast attack craft from the mid-1950s, through to their employment in the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
Introducing fast attack craft and tracing their origins from John I. Thornycroft’s torpedo boat “Lightning”, built at the end of the 19th century, to the hiatus in their development at the end of World War II.
Details of Unternehmen ‘Sportpalast’: a German attempt to intercept Allied arctic convoys during March 1942