Great Naval Blunders: History's Worst Sea Battle Decisions from Ancient Times to the Present Day (Hardcover)

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Who was responsible for the design of the Admiral Popov, the circular Russian battleship that wouldn't steer straight? Why did Lord Ansonset set out to circumnavigate the world with a crew of Chelsea pensioners? And how did the British cruiser HMS Trinidad manage to torpedo itself in the Arctic? The answers to these questions and details of numerous other entertaining and unbelievable historical events are revealed in this absorbing survey of naval incompetence from Roman times to the Falklands War. Geoffrey Regan certainly sets out to prove that there is truth in the old adage "Worse things happen at sea." Crammed with intriguing and often bizarre anecdotes and more than 50 illuminating illustrations, Great Naval Blunders takes a serious, but often entertaining, look at the misjudgments and oversights of captains, fleet commanders, strategic planners, and ship designers over the ages. Peppered with quotes from those who did their utmost (albeit unwittingly) to hinder naval progress, this entertaining and instructive book will appeal to the naval enthusiast and general reader alike.

About the Author


Geoffrey Regan was a History Master at Charterhouse School, Godalming, and Deputy Headmaster and Acting Headmaster at Halliford School. He wrote 30 historical and educational books, including Military Blunders, Naval Blunders, Historical Blunders, Royal Blunders, Blue on Blue, and Fight or Flight. He was the Series Consultant for the Great Military Blunders series and Historical Consultant for Blue on Blue.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780233005102
ISBN-10: 0233005102
Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 1st, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English