Mediterranean Naval Battles that Changed the World


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21 July 2021
Quentin Russell heads for the Med to take a look at the defining naval battles through the ages.

From the times of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Persians, to the battles around Crete, Malta and North Africa in WWII, the Mediterranean has been one of the most hotly fought over Seas in the world. In this wide-ranging book the author takes a look at seven key naval battles through time, starting with the Greeks defeating the Persians at Salamis in 480BC to the Siege of Malta during 1940-1942. The most famous of those included is the Nile at Aboukir Bay in 1798.

First though, there’s a chapter on ancient history, before getting into the detail of Athens versus Persians. What’s good about this book is that it’s not just a dry description of each battle, it sets the scene as to why it was important and how the protagonists prepared for it. There are some photos, which reproduce okay on the plain paper, and custom maps showing the location and order of the fleets. However, it’s the entertaining and clear style that make this book a winner, showing just why the Med was so important to Western Europe.

  • Pen and Sword
  • ISBN 978-1-5267-1599-9
  • 246 pages. Hardback. £25



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