Reviewed by Steve Backer

Navires & Histoire #10, February 2002, continues the focus on the naval effort in Operation Enduring Freedom, however, the coverage is not quite so extensive as that found in Issue #9. This allows the magazine to include articles on other, diverse topics. The format for this magazine is to include some articles that are covered in "chapters" over the course of several issues and to include some "one off" topics. Issue #10 continues this established format. Written in French.

Dossier Enduring Freedom- This segment written by Alexandre Altai, Alain Pigeard and Frederic Stahl continues with the coverage of Enduring Freedom. It covers the naval dispositions in the Indian Ocean for November and December 2001. As before there are numerous tables that show the Battle Group composition and air wing composition for USS Carl Vinson, USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Kitty Hawk, and USS John C. Stennis. Other tables show the composition of the Canadian naval forces (Operation Apollo), British naval forces, centered around the carrier, HMS Illustrious, (Operation Veritas), Italian naval forces, centered around the carrier, Giuseppe Garibaldi (Enduring Freedom), French naval forces, centered around the carrier, Charles de Gaulle (Operation Heracles) and forces of the Japanese Navy. (7 pages, 16 photos, 2 maps, 13 Order of Battle tables). Part Two on the topic covers the weekly operations from November 5, 2001 to January 4, 2002. (23 pages, 45 photos, 7 maps)  

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LíAlysse- Written by Charles Salou, this is the story of the Free French Corvette, LíAlysse K100. LíAlysse, was constructed under the English name, Alyssum and became the second corvette to enter Free French service. The article covers her last mission, as escort for convoy ON 60. On February 8, 1942 she was torpedoed by U-654, Type VII C U Boat. (3 pages, 5 photos, 1 map)  

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The Saga of the Liberty Ships (Part 5) Artificial Reefs- Forty venerable Liberty ships were expended in the 1970s to create artificial reefs off of the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and California. This was done to provide an attractive environment for schools of fish and other marine life. This piece, written by Jean-Yves Brouard covers the history of the project and lists those ships used for this purpose. All things considered, a far better fate than going to the breakers. (4 pages, 5 photos, 2 drawings, 1 map)  

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The Battle of Santiago de Cuba- After covering the Battle of Cavite (Manila Bay) in Issue #9, Michel Puyo goes on to describe the climatic naval action of the Spanish-American War of 1898. (6 pages, 10 photos, 1 map) 

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"Yamato" The Giants of the Empire of the Rising Sun (Part 1)- Written by Philippe Caresse, the initial coverage extends to the conception, construction and initial operations of the largest battleships ever built. It includes equipment fits, including the various radars fitted as the war progressed. Operations included, range from the placing of Yamato in service on December 16, 1941 to the visit of Emperor Hirohito to Musashi on June 24, 1943. (8 pages, 14 photos, 2 drawings) 

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Un Meconnu de la Marine Francaise- The story of the French destroyer, Takou (ex-Hai-Ching of the Imperial Chinese Navy) Four destroyers were built for Imperial China by the German firm Schichau at Elbing. Hai-Ching was launched in 1898. The other three were named Hai-Lung, Hai-Nju and Hai-Hoha. When the Boxer rebellion broke out in China in 1900, all four were at the arsenal at the Chinese port of Takou. European, American and Japanese intervention forces took over the port and the four destroyers. The ships were parceled out to the victors with France (Takou), Britain (Taku), Russia (Leitenant Burakov) and Germany receiving and renaming the ships. An obscure but very interesting piece of history, written by Gerard Garier. (8 pages, 6 photos, 2 maps, 1 drawing, 1 table)

The Flutes, La Maseillaise & La Dieppoise- Cdt Alain Demerliac presents the history of these two warships of Royal French Navy at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries. It covers the design, armament changes and careers of these two vessels. (2 pages, 2 drawings)

The Losses of the United States Navy and US Coast Guard During the Second World War (Part 9)- Originally written by Vernon J. Miller and adapted by Frederic Stahl. This installment covers the losses of LST (Landing Ship Tank), LSM (Landing Ship Medium), LSM(R) (Landing Ship Medium Rocket), LCI(L) (Landing Craft Infantry Large), LCI(G) (Landing Craft Infantry Gun), LCS(L) (Landing Craft Support Large), and LCT (Landing Craft Tank) In keeping with past segments in this series, there is an exhaustive listing of each loss of the above craft with the designation of the craft lost, date of loss, location of loss and cause of loss. (3 pages, 3 photos, 7 tables (one for each type)

The Expedition to Egypt, Ships and History of the Revolution and the Empire- Gerard Piouffre continues his history of the French Navy by examining Napoleonís initial plans to seize Egypt, preparation for the expedition, the departure of the fleet, the French seizure of Malta, and the seizure of Alexandria. (4 pages, 2 photos, 3 drawings, 2 maps)

1918: The Red Fleet of Workers and Peasants- Written by Frederic Stahl, this installment of the History of the Soviet Navy covers the birth of the Red Navy. The coverage is on 1918, a pivotal year in Russia with the signing of the Peace Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the start of the Russian Civil War, and the actions of Intervention forces. (13 pages, 18 photos, 9 color profiles, 2 paintings, 1 color poster, 1 map) 

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Standard Departments- Standard Features for every issue of Navires & Histoire compose. Letters to the Editor (3 pages, 5 photos, 2 drawings); Book Reviews- Five publications are reviewed (2 pages, 5 photos); Kit Reviews- 14 plastic and resin kits receive one paragraph reviews. (3 pages, 14 photos, 3 drawings)

Bonus Color Plates- Normally the color plates included in an issue of the magazine are on subjects that are in one of the articles of that issue. However, sometimes the magazine provides color plates that do not have a connection with one of the articles. Such is the case with this issue. Included are color plates on Bearn (December 1938, May 1940, July 1940) and Italian Aviation Ships, Seaplane Carrier Giuseppe Miraglia (1932, 1935) and Aircraft Carrier Aquila (Initial Project, September 1943, May 1945) 

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VERDICT- As always, excellent! Previous Issues covered are #5 (click for review) and #9 (click for review). Subscriptions are 51 Euros in France, 58.60 Euros in Europe and 63.20 Euros outside Europe for a six-issue one-year subscription. There are greater savings with two years. Published by Lela Press, 29 rue Paul Bert, 62230 Outreau, France. E-Mail: (lela.presse@wanadoo.fr) Web Site: (avionsjets.com)

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