Bromley, 1st.ed., 1992. (Viii) + 161 pp., 28 plates ; map e.p’s. 25 x 17cm. FINE. During the course of the English Civil War and the three Anglo-Dutch Wars which quickly followed, the small and ill-organized English Navy grew in strength and efficiency and laid the foundation for its 300-year position as the world’s greatest naval power. In this study the author examines the ships of the period, the Civil War, and the major battles of the Anglo-Dutch conflicts. Battles include that of the 16th August (1652) and the Kentish Knock, Dungeness, Portland, Gabbard, the two battles of the Texel, Lowestoft, Four Days Battle, St. James’s Day, the Medway raid, Sole Bay and the two battles of Schooneveld. Includes the exploits of Blake, Deane, Montagu, Monck, Ayscue, Holmes, Jeremy Smith, Batten, Penn, Lawson, Allin, and others who fought on both land and sea.