War at Sea in the Ironclad Age (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

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In one of the most dramatic changes in military machinery, the ironclad, steam-powered ship replaced sailing vessels--ensuring British invincibility at sea and securing for them the most extensive empire ever known. But the English were not the lone beneficiaries of these new battleships: they also proved crucial during other wars, as well, including the American Civil War. With the help of over 150 illustrations and color maps, including computer-generated cartography, an eminent former Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy describes the changes in technology that led to these supreme instruments of sea warfare, the evolution in weapons and tactics, and the strategies that forever transformed conflict on the high seas.

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Rear-Admiral Richard Hill is the editor of NAVAL REVIEW and wrote the acclaimed OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE ROYAL NAVY.

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