The Royal Navy In Focus
in World War II

Copyright 1997, Scott Spencer


Reviewed by Scott Spencer

Book Title:The Royal Navy In Focus in World War II
Authors: Ben Warlow and Sydney Goodman
Publisher: Maritime Books, 1994
ISBN: 0-907771-57-2
Price: $18.00 USD or 9.95 BPS

General Description: Pictorial History with the only text consisting of captions accompanying the photos.

The Book: This book covers a lot of material in a small amount of space. It has a total of 112 pages and has one photo per page. The captions give a general description and relevant information pertaining to the ship pictured. The ships covered include Aircraft Carriers, Battleships & Battlecruisers, Cruisers & Fast Minelayers, Destroyers, Escort Vessels & Minesweepers, Submarines, Depot, Repair, and Maintenance Ships, and Miscellaneous. Needless to say there is no way one volume could contain a picture of every vessel used by the Royal Navy. On the other hand, I was quite surprised at the variety offered.

I can't list all the pictures in the book, but I need to give you some idea of what is in it. Let me say that these are not the "standard" pictures we have all seen a hundred times. These pictures are from the collection of Sydney Goodman, with captions by Ben Warlow. You get pictures of:

Anson, Malaya, Ramilles (BB's); Avenger, Indefatigable, Tracker (CV's); Ariadne, Delhi, Dido, Trinidad, (CA/CL's); Caesar, Jervis, Mistral, Onslow, Wolverine (DD's); Foxtrot, Gardenia, Rattlesnake (Escorts & Sweepers), Shalimar, Sokol, Strongbow, Torbay (Sub's); Adamant, Hecla (Repair/Maint.); and Abercrombie, Erebus Menelaus, Olna, Westlyn (Misc). Remember, this is just a few of the ships depicted in the book. I counted a total of 111 photos!

As I stated earlier, 1 photo per page.

Summary: I found this to be a very useful book as a lot of the photos are very clear and useful for finding details. The photos are also quite useful for determining camouflage patterns worn by the ships. Again, this is due to the clarity of the photos.

I highly recommend this book to modelers for the simple fact that you get a wide variety of ships to view. If you are looking for lots of detailed pics, of a particluar ship, then this is not the book for you. This book is a must have for any fan of the Royal Navy in WWII!