Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad

Hampton Roads 1862

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Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad

Hampton Roads 1862

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The Ironclad was a revolutionary weapon of war. Although iron was used for protection in the Far East during the 16th century, it was the 19th century and the American Civil War that heralded the first modern armored self-propelled warships. With the parallel pressures of civil war and the industrial revolution, technology advanced at a breakneck speed. It was the South who first utilized ironclads as they attempted to protect their ports from the Northern blockade. Impressed with their superior resistance to fire and their ability to ram vulnerable wooden ships, the North began to develop its own rival fleet of ironclads. Eventually these two products of this first modern arms race dueled at the battle of Hampton Roads in a clash that would change the face of naval warfare.

Fully illustrated with cutting-edge digital artwork, rare photographs and first-person perspective gun sight views, this book allows the reader to discover the revolutionary and radically different designs of the two rival Ironclads - the CSS Virginia and USS Monitor - through an analysis of each ship's weaponry, ammunition and steerage. Compare the contrasting training of the crews and re-live the horrors of the battle at sea in a war which split a nation, communities and even families.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Design & development · The strategic situation · Technical specifications · The Combatants · Combat · Statistics and analysis · Conclusion · Bibliography

Product details

Published Nov 18 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781846032325
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 b/w; 10 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 14
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ron Field

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Howard Gerrard

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Peter Bull

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Tony Bryan

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