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Yangtze River Gunboats 1900-49 (New Vanguard) Paperback – June 21, 2011
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“This monograph presents the true story of the gunboats from the U.S. Navy and the navies of many European powers and Japan that patrolled the Yangtze River, protecting missionaries and trade and diplomatic outposts, as well as countering warlords and pirates. Each type of gunboat is described in detail, but even more valuable are the descriptions of life on the gunboats and the exotic political and cultural environment in which they operated.” ―Richard R. Burgess, Seapower(September 2011)
“This is another well written [Osprey] book. It details the early days of the river boat force and carries the reader up until the end of the riverboat force in 1949.” ―Jim Adams, AeroScale
“Provides a fine survey of early gunboats that protected traders and missionaries from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th ... Any China or military history library will find this specific and informative.” ―The Midwest Book Review (September 2011)
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My biggest problem is one that I have heard repeated in so many reviews of military books on this site. There are no maps! You would think that maps would be important. Another problem is that the author excuses his lack of coverage of all but the British and American gunboats by saying, "Space precludes a similar treatment of Japanese and French gunboats, or those of lesser maritime powers."
Space should not be an excuse for a book that totals just 48 pages! However, I know that the Osprey Series is characterized by broad overviews in few pages.
Lots of photos and very well done drawings. At the end, I was "wanting more" but wondering just how much "more" I really wanted or needed. This is an excellent overview of the topic and I feel like I learned a lot. The "problems" reduced the rating to four stars.
In this book, however, established author Angus Konstam reveals in 1940 HMS Cricket was sent to the Mediterranean...
Small point perhaps, but this is the first record I have discovered of HMS Cricket having served in the Mediterranean and it takes every small snippet of information to complete the jigsaw of information pertaining to any lost vessel.
As for the remainder of the work, this is another lightweight book typical of the style of Osprey Publishing. Do not let that, however, put you off. The price reflects the size of the product and, all things considered, I consider this series of books as good value for money.Read more ›
Mr. Bryans drawings help the read see what this boats were like and how they differ from the blue water navy we read so much about. His art work is number one!
I dont want to review the book as I normal would. Instead BUY it and enjoy it...it is worth every penny.
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I am into this phase of history and really like the information in this bookPublished 7 months ago by Frank Marulli
I am a fan of the river wars. This books add to my collection.As always Amazon delivered it pretty quickPublished 10 months ago by Marsha
Inccredibly good material. The seller under rated it. It was excellentPublished 15 months ago by Louis W. Gettel