• Latest Publication:

    In The Hour of Victory

    Between 1794 and 1815 the Royal Navy repeatedly crushed her enemies at sea in a period of military dominance that equals any in history. When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches [...] Read more...

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    In The Hour of Victory

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    The Glorious First of June

    France, early summer 1794. The French Revolution has been hijacked by the extreme Jacobins and is in the grip of The Terror. While the guillotine relentlessly takes the heads of innocents, two vast French and British fleets meet in mid-Atlantic [...] Read more...

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    The Glorious First of June

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    Admiral Benbow

    By 1702 Admiral John Benbow was a English naval hero. He had chased pirates from Tunis to Tobago and pickled the heads of those he captured; he had kept his cool in the noise and smoke of England's humiliation at the Battle of Beachy Head [...] Read more...

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    Admiral Benbow

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    Fighting Ships - From the Ancient World to 1750

    Beginning with Ramses III's dramatic defeat of the 'sea people' in 1176 BC – the world's earliest visual record of a naval battle – Fighting Ships tells the story of 3000 years of maritime history through 150 glorious images [...] Read more...

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    Fighting Ships - From the Ancient World to 1750

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    The Fighting Temeraire

    The latest book to be published by the naval and maritime historian Sam Willis. For the first time it tells the fascinating story of the vessel in J.M.W. Turner's iconic painting as well as the making of the painting itself [...] Read more...

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    The Fighting Temeraire

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    Fighting Ships 1750-1850

    Sails blaze and shred, ranks of cannon trade volleys and, glimpsed through palls of smoke, desperate figures fall to the waves or cling for dear life. Through the eyes of the most famous maritime painters of their time [...] Read more...

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    Fighting Ships 1750-1850

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    Fighting Ships 1850-1950

    As bombs rain down, smoke engulfs sinking ships, and the stench of burning oil rises, men struggle to turn the course of history. In a single shot, a photographer captures the blazing Mikuma and Mogome at the Battle of Midway [...] Read more...

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    Fighting Ships 1850-1950

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    Shipwreck: A History of
    Disasters at Sea

    Shipwrecks are treasure troves of the past, revealing remarkable stories of heroism and tragedy. They have intrigued us for centuries, capturing the imagination of artists and writers, and illuminating the past for historians and archaeologists [...] Read more...

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    Shipwreck

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    Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century: The Art of Sailing Warfare

    Until now the history of warfare between sailing warships has long been divorced from the practicalities of seamanship and the harsh reality of battle. The skills required to fight have, for generations, been poorly understood [...] Read more...

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    Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century: The Art of Sailing Warfare

Maritime Historian and Archaeologist

Dr Sam Willis is a historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His writing is infused with his own experience and knowledge of seafaring. Sam is the author of numerous books on maritime and naval history including the bestselling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships Series.

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U-Boats and Explosives for BBC WW1 Uncut

Here is a fab little film in which I try not to drown and then blow some stuff up, all in aid of understanding World War 1 a little better. Yikes.

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