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Featured battle : Azov Second Seige

Part of Russian- Turkish war, Third

Date : 28 May 1696 - 28 July 1696

The second attempt by Tsar Peter l to take the fortress. This time he was able to cut off supplies coming in by sea and with twice the number of soldiers than in the year before his seige lines were most effective. With artillery in place by the 26 June the action went ahead in the classic manner. When about to be stormed the Pasha surrendered on honorable terms.

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Navy 'Goalkeeper' CIWS

Navy 'Goalkeeper' CIWS

This Dutch-built Close in Weapons System (CIWS) provides a fully autonomous weapon designed to shoot down missiles and aircraft from between 350m and 1500m of the host ship. It mounts a 7 barrel 30mm Gatling gun capable of 4,200 rounds per minute and includes radar and fire control computers within the housing.

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

Freeing the Baltic 1918-1920

Bennet, Geoffrey
An interesting and unexpected book about an often overlooked conflict in the Baltic states during the confusion following the 1918 armistice.
It ostensibly follows the Baltic activities of British Navy cruisers and destroyers under the command of Admiral Sir Walter Cowan, but it actually provides a much wider picture of the struggle of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for independence from Russia. It gives a good overview of the various nationalist forces fighting both the Bolshevik forces and the White Russians under Yudenitch, as well as the ethnic German 'Balts' and the remaining former Imperial German forces under Gen. von der Goltz who himself was attempting to promote German influence in Latvia and it's neighbours. But the main theme of the book is how the Royal Navy, together with some elements of the French attempted to moderate this and stop Bolshevik and German interference.
At times it is quite 'high-level', but this is understandable, given the scope of the subject. It redeems itself with some good first-hand accounts and detailed engagement descriptions, particularly of the 40 foot, shallow draft motorboats C.M.B.'s which could each carry one or two torpedoes. These small, fast boats managed to infiltrate, under cover of night, right into Kronstadt harbour which protected Petrograd (St Petersburg) and sheltered the pride of the Bolshevik navy, and sink much of it!
This is a good update of a work originally published in 1964. It includes well researched appendices and some interesting photos of the people and ships involved but more than that, it highlights that for many people, the fighting definitely did not end on the 11th November 1918.
Pen & Sword Maritime, 2017

Reviewed : 2017-11-10 20:21:32