We definitely live in a time of riches when it comes to the reference material being published about military matters of the later 17th Century. Visiting Cavalier in Tonbridge this weekend the Helion stall was there to show off the recent tomes published in their "Century of the Soldier, 1618-1721" range. I turned my back on Les for two minutes only to find he had apparently said "I'll have the lot" and come away with a huge stack of books about the period! I was a lot more restrained (okay fair disclosure, I already own a lot of them!) I did pick up a copy of "From Solebay to the Texel" on an impulse. Maybe it had something to do with the bag full of `1/450 scale sailing ships I had found myself lugging around(?)
I have only had a chance for a quick flick through, has anyone given it a proper read? My first impressions in no particular order:
For a book about the 3rd Anglo-Dutch War it is irritating that they use a third of the pages on the First and Second wars...
It seems to have a good detailed narrative about all the main battles and the strategic situation around them.
Not enough pictures of ships, too many portraits of the nobs who were in charge of the various squadrons.