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Posted by: Cicerius Greetings chaps, I recently have been doing quite a bit of reading about India/Afghanistan and the so-called Great Game in the Victorian era, but looking further afield I have noticed a distinct lack of mention in regard to the Senior Service The Royal Navy. There could be a book or two there for Osprey I'm thinking? Advances in technology with change to steam propulsion and steel hulls and changing from smoothbore muzzleloading cannon to breechloading rifled guns. Assisting land forces with marine parties manning cannon, gunboat diplomacy, establishing bases, showing the flag and who was crewing the ships? the officers and the lower decks. New Vanguard and Warrior titles? As usual, thoughts?
Posted on: 18/03/2014 06:11:00

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Posted by: scratchbuilder
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Some time ago I suggested a NVG: Queen Victoria's Gunboats, but I don't know whether Osprey picked up on it or not. The problem with the RN in victorian times is that it was too successful. Apart from the Crimea and a few scares, there were no confrontations with high technology opponents. However, perhaps something could be done with the technological race between Britain and France.
Posted on: 18/03/2014 08:55:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
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I'd be interested in the subject matter, but it is difficult to see what Osprey format it would comfortably fit into. scratchbuilder is spot on in saying that for nearly the whole 19th. century the Royal Navy has no likely competitor and it would be good to have a modern book on the consequences of this. (Mostly malign in my judgement.) But for entertainment value might I recommend reading "Fabulous Admirals" by Geoffrey Lowis, which tells the tails of some of the amazing characters that sailed in the Victorian Navy.
Posted on: 18/03/2014 15:09:00
Posted by: achim
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Well, Guy's, in Naval Matters, the timeframe from 1860 to 1906 is one of the most interesting! I would even predate this, to read, from 1850 (French introduction of the Steam driven Ship of the Line NapoleĆ³n)!! Technically speaking, many ships were the "most advanced" when building started, but already outdated when put into service! This age produced quite some odd looking and ill conceived Ships! Even the Royal Navy did oftentimes only build a single ship of this or that design and not a whole Class..... .. .. late in the 19th century, this breathless and unblanced building stabilized around the "standard Battleship", the Armoured and the Scout Cruisers, ect... .. .. there would definitely be more tan enough room for Osprey to do some interesting Books on the Royal Navy (and, if there is interest, on other Navies of the time...., specially the French Navy would be very interesting! They were oftentimes the real innovators, and then outbuild by the British, simply because the industrial Base of France was too small to keep up with Britain)!!
Posted on: 18/03/2014 15:39:00
Posted by: .George Washington
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Problem is there was no naval fighting in Afghanistan.
Posted on: 19/03/2014 20:05:00
Posted by: Amaral
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The types of ammunition are also interesting. The wars in peripherical places like South American and Asia made use of those technical advances and this brought many European observers eager to see their practical effects. This happened in the Paraguayan War, the Pacifc War and the Sino-Japanese War just to name a few.
Posted on: 21/03/2014 18:06:00
Posted by: Pompeius Minus
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Joined Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
The problem with the RN in victorian times is that it was too successful. You could say that about the cold war USN as well, but people still buy books on it. I think there is a fascination with "best and biggest" forces even if they don't get to fight. Also, the pace of technical evolution during the period was breathtaking and navies were of course at the forefront.
Posted on: 02/06/2014 19:57:00

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