Selected Ship Bibliography


Listed below is a selection of worthwhile books for the modeler of Royal Navy subjects. Many are either out of print or difficult to obtain. Email me with any suggested additions to this list.   Please include title, author, publisher, and availability.

**A great deal of thanks goes to Art Nicholson for correcting some of my entries and for providing numerous books to add to this listing!!**


In English

  • Abdiel Class Fast Minelayers, Profile No. 38, Tom Burton, Profile Publications, 1973. Out of print.
  • Action This Day, Phillip Vian, Frederick Muller Ltd., 1960. Out of Print.
  • Aircraft Carriers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies, David Hobbs, Greenhill Books/USNI Press, 1996. Standard technical data, weak explanatory notes, no drawings, detailed service summaries.
    Currently available.
  • Battleships: Allied Battleships in WWII, Garzke and Dulin, USNI Press, 1990 Rev. Ed.
    Good reference with line drawings, operational histories, and technical data.
    Still in print.
  • Allied Coastal Forces of WWII, Vol. 1-Fairmile Designs & U.S. Submarine Chasers,John Lambert & Al Ross, Conway Maritime Press/USNI Press.
    Still in print.
  • Allied Coastal Forces of WWII, Vol. 2-Vosper MTBs & U.S. ELCOs,
    John Lambert & Al Ross, Conway Maritime Press/USNI Press.
    Still in print.
  • Allied Escort Carriers of WWII In Action,
    Kenneth Poolman, USNI Press, 1988
    General account of CVE activities. Still available?
  • Anatomy of the Ship: The The Aircraft Carrier Victorious, Ross Watton, USNI Press, 1991. Currently available.
  • Anatomy of the Ship: The Battlecruiser Hood, John Roberts, USNI Press.
    The premiere reference for the Hood, but out of print.
  • Anatomy of the Ship: Belfast, Ross Watton, Conways MP/USNI Press, 1985.
    Excellent reference, line drawings, and camouflage.
    Out of print.
  • Anatomy of the Ship: Campbeltown, Al Ross, USNI Press.
    Excellent reference, line drawings, and camouflage.
    Out of print.
  • Anatomy of the Ship: The Battleship Warspite, USNI Press, 1986.
    Excellent reference, line drawings, and camouflage.
    Out of print.
  • Ark Royal, Kenneth Poolman, William Kimber, 1956. Out of print.
  • Ark Royal 1939-41, William Jameson, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1957. Out of print.
  • Attack on Taranto, B.B. Schofield, USNI Press/Ian Allen.
    Out of print.
  • Battleship: The Sinking of Prince of Wales and the Repulse, Middlebrook & Maloney, Scribner.
    Out of print.
  • Battleships & Battlecruisers,Siegfried Breyer, Doubleday.
    Out of print.
  • Battleship Warspite, V. E. Tarrant, USNI Press.
    Out of print.
  • Battle Class Destroyers, Peter Hodges, Almark Publications.
    Out of print.
  • British Battlecruisers,Peter Smith, Almark Publications.
    Out of print.
  • British Battleships 1860-1950, Oscar Parks, USNI Press.
    Broad coverage of the ships and still in print.
  • British Battleships 1919-1939, R.A. Burt, Arms & Armour Press, 1993. Out of print
  • British Battleships of WWII, Alan Raven and John Roberts, USNI Press.
    Considered to be the "bible" of the Royal Navy battleships in WWII.
    Out of print.
  • British Battleships & Aircraft Carriers, H.T. Lenton, MacDonald & Co, 1972. Out of print.
  • British Carrier Aviation, Norman Friedman, USNI Press, 1988. Available, but on backorder to USNI Press.
  • British Cruisers, H.T. Lenton, MacDonald & Co., 1973. Out of print.
  • British Cruisers of WWII, Alan Raven and John Roberts, USNI Press.
    The companion to the battleship book. The "bible" for cruisers.
    Out of print.
  • British Destroyers 1892-1953, Edgar March, Seely Service & Co., 1966. Out of print.
  • British Destroyers of WWII, R. Burt, A & A Press, 1985.
    Excellent reference, fully illustrated with brief captions and unique photos.
    Out of print.
  • British Fleet and Escort Destroyers - Vol.1, H.T. Lenton, MacDonald & Co., 1970.
    Pocket book with good text and many photos.
    Out of print.
  • British Fleet and Escort Destroyers - Vol.2, H.T. Lenton, MacDonald & Co, 1970.
    Pocket book with good text and many photos.
    Out of print.
  • British Submarines, H.T. Lenton, MacDonald & Co, 1972. Out of print.
  • Carrier Glorious, John Winston, Leo Cooper, 1986. Out of print.
  • County Class Cruisers, Man O'War No. 1, Alan Raven & John Roberts, RSV Publications, 1978.
    Class design, brief history of each ship, camouflage, and many photos.
    Out of print.
  • Cruisers of the Royal & Commonwealth Navies, Morris, Maritime Books.
    Covers 1879 - 1979.
  • Cruisers of World War II, M.J. Whitley, Arms & Armour Press, 1995.
    Covers Cruisers of all nations. Currently available.
  • Cruisers in Action 1939-1945, Peter C. Smith & John Dominy, William Kimber, 1981. Out of print.
  • Destroyers at War, Gregory Haines, Ian Allan, Ltd., 1982.
    History & action of British destroyers, some unique pictures.
    Out of print.
  • Destroyers for Great Britian, Arnold Hague, USNI Press.
    Story of 50 Town Class destroyers transfered to the RN, in 1940, by the US.
    Out of print.
  • Destroyer Man, Adm A F R Pugsley, RN, Weidenfield & Nicholson (London), 1957.
    Author was a RN destroyer commander with Force H, Eastern Fleet, and Normandy, etc. Out of print.
  • Destroyer Weapons in WWII, Peter Hodges & Norman Friedman, Conway MP, 1985.
    Coverage of RN and U.S. destroyers, with an emphasis on their weapons, photos, and line drawings. Out of print.
  • Dido Class Cruisers, Ensign No.2, A. Raven and H.T. Lenton, Bivouac Books Ltd., 1973
    Profiles, colors, and photos. Out of print.
  • Eagle's War, Peter S. Smith, Crecy Books.
    The story of HMS Eagle.
  • Engage the Enemy More Closely: The Royal Navy in the Second World War, W.W. Norton & Co., 1991. Out of print
  • Epic Naval Fights, Capt. Frank Shaw, Werner Laurie (London).
    Exploits of the RN, sinking of Graf Spee, Tirpitz, and Narvik battle. Out of print.
  • The Fighting Admirals, Martin Stephen, USNI Press, 1991. Currently available.
  • Flower Class Corvettes: Ensign No.3, A. Preston & A. Raven, Bivouac Books Ltd., 1973
    Profiles, colors, and photos. Out of print.
  • Flush Decks, Four Pipes, John Alden, USNI Press, 1990.
    Brief descriptions of of the 50 Town Class destroyers donated by the USN.
    Out of print.
  • Forgotten Fleet, John Winton.
    A good story of the BPF in 1944-45, but few pictures. Available from England.
  • HMS Belfast, Profile No. 29, Profile Publications.
    Out of print and hard to find.
  • HMS Belfast 1939-72: In Trust of the Nation, John Wingate, DSC, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Expanded version of Profile No. 29. Out of print.
  • HMS Campbeltown, Profile No. 5, Profile Publications.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Cossack, Profile No. 2, Profile Publications.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Eagle, Profile No. 35, David Brown, Profile Publications, 1973.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Exeter, Profile No. 13, Randall Tonks, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Furious, Pt.1, Profile No. 23, C.A. Jenkins, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Furious, Pt.2, Profile No. 24, C.A. Jenkins, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Hesperus, Profile No.20, Peter Dickens, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Hood, Profile No. 19, R.G. Robertson, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Hood: Design and Construction, M. Northcutt, Bivouac Books.
    Out of print. (Also reprinted as Man 'O War #2)
  • HMS Illustious, Pt. 1, Profile No.10, D.J. Lyon, Profile Publications, 1971.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Illustious Pt. 2, Profile No.11, David Brown, Profile Publications, 1971.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Pepperpot: The Penelope in WWII, Ed Gordon, Robert Hale, 1985.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Rodney & Nelson, Man O'War #3, A. Raven & J. Roberts, RSV Publications/Arms & Armour Press, 1979.
    Out of print.
  • HMS Sheffield: The life and times of "Old Shiny", Ronald Bassett, USNI Press, 1988.
    The story of "Old Shiny" through words and photos. Still in print.
  • HM S/M Upholder, M.L.C. Crawford, Profile Publications, 1972.
    Out of print.
  • Hunt Class Destroyers, Man 'O War No.4,Raven & Roberts, Bivouac Books.
    Out of print.
  • IWM Book of the War at Sea: The Royal Navy in the Second World War,
    Julian Thompson, Motorbooks
    The story of RN through words and photos. A good beginners reference. Still in print.
  • King George V Class Battleships, V.E. Tarrant, A & A Press, 1991.
    Design and operational histories of the KGV class battleships. Out of print.
  • King George V Class Battleships, Ensign No.1, Alan Raven, Bivouac Books Ltd., 1972
    Excellent reference for the KGV class battleships. Out of print.
  • Operation Pacific: The RN's War Against Japan 1941-45, Edwyn Gray, USNI Press, 1989.
    An average account of RN Op's in the Far East. Out of print.
  • Queen Elizabeth Class Battleships, Ensign No.4, Bivouac Books, 1975.
    Colors, camouflage, and photos. Out of print.
  • Radar at Sea: The Royal Navy in WWII, H. Derek Howse, USNI Press.
    Detailed study of the use of radar by the RN on WWII. Still in print.
  • Renown & Repulse, Ensign No.8, M. Northcutt, Bivouac Books Ltd., 1978.
    Colors, camouflage, and photos. Out of print.
  • Royal Navy in Focus in WW2, Maritime Books.
    Pictorial history. In print and available.
  • Royal Navy in Focus1930-1939, Maritime Books.
    Pictorial history. In print and available.
  • Royal Navy in Focus 1940-1949, Maritime Books.
    Pictorial history. In print and available.
  • Royal Navy Warship Camouflage 1939-45, Peter Hodges, Almark Press, 1973.
    Out of print.
  • A Sailors Odyssey, Arthur B. Cunningham, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1951.
    Out of print.
  • Send Her Victorious, Michael Apps, William Kimber, 1971.
    Out of print.
  • The Design & Construction of British Warships 1939-1945, USNI Press.
    Vol.1 : Major Surface Warships.
    Vol.2: Submarines, Escorts and Coastal Forces.
    Vol. 3: Landing Ships and Auxiliaries.
    All currently available.
  • The Med: The Royal Navy in the Mediterranean 1939-45, Rowland Langmaid, Batchworth (London, 1948).
    Out of print.
  • 73 North, Dudley Pope, USNI Press, 1988 (reprint of 1958 edition).
    Out of print.
  • The Hunts, John English, World Ship Society, 1987.
    Out of print.
  • The Towns, Arnold Hague, World Ship Society, 1988.
    Out of print.
  • The Tribals: Biography of a Destroyer Class, Martin H. Brice, USNI Press.
    Out of print.
  • The War at Sea (3 Vols in 4 Parts), Stephen W. Roskill, HMSO, 1954-195?.
    Out of print.
  • The War at Sea 1939-1945, ed. John Winton, Book Club Assoc., 1974.
    Out of print.
  • Town Class Cruisers, Ensign No.5, Raven & Roberts, Bivouac Books Ltd., 1975.
    Out of print. (Also published as Man'O War #5)
  • Tribal Class Destroyers, Peter Hodges, Almark Press, 1971.
    Out of print.
  • 'V' & 'W' Class Destroyers, Man 'O War No.2, Raven & Roberts, RSV Publications/Arms & Armour Press, 1979.
    Out of print.
  • 'V' & 'W' Class Destroyers 1917-45, Anthony Preston, MacDonald & Co., 1971.
    Excellent reference on the construction and history, camouflage, and line drawings
    Out of print.
  • Warbuilt Destroyers O to Z Class, Ensign No.6, Alan Raven, Bivouac Books.
    Out of print.

In Foreign Languages
Most of these books are available through Pacific Front Hobbies

  • British J, K, & N Class Destroyers, ORP Orkan, Polish text.
    In print and available.
  • British L & M Class Destroyers, ORP Piorum, Polish text.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Ajax, Profile Morskie No.1, Polish text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, 1/350 & 1/700 plans, drawings, and camouflage.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Belfast, Modelist Konstructor Series 1/1997, Russian text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, plans, and drawings.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Hood, Monografie Morskie No.6, Polish text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, plans, drawings, and colors.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Nelson, Russian Publications, Russian text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, plans, drawings, and camouflage.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Repulse, Profile Morskie No.4, Polish text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, 1/350 & 1/700 plans, drawings, and camouflage.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Royal Sovereign, Russian Publications, Russian text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, plans, drawings, and camouflage.
    In print and available.
  • HMS Warspite, Profile Morskie No.5, Polish text.
    Excellent reference with pic's, 1/350 & 1/700 plans, drawings, and camouflage.
    In print and available.
  • British Warships of WWII, Kaijin-Sha #01(Ships of the World) Japanese text.
    Excellent reference with pic's and drawings.
    In print and available.
  • History of British Aircraft Carriers, Kaijin-Sha #04(Ships of the World), Japanese text. Excellent reference with pic's and drawings.
    In print and available.
  • History of British Battleships, Kaijin-Sha #16(Ships of the World), Japanese text.
    Excellent reference with pic's and drawings.
  • In print and available.
  • History of British Cruisers, Kaijin-Sha #35(Ships of the World), Japanese text.
    Excellent reference with pic's and drawings.
  • In print and available.
  • History of British Destroyers, Kaijin-Sha #25(Ships of the World), Japanese text.
    Excellent reference with pic's and drawings.
  • In print and available.