Rogers, Colonel H. C. B.


1st.ed., Seeley Service & Co., 1963. 223 pp., cold. frontis., + 27 photo-plates. D.j., 25 x 16cm. FINE. The author examines the history of British troopships for a period of some 300 years from the reign of Charles II in 1642, to the fine troopships of the 1960s owned by Bibby Line of Liverpool and P&O and British-India of London. He describes how the British soldier lived while he was being transported to battlefields overseas, the type of ships that carried him to campaigns in every corner of the British Empire, and to complete this background he gives an account of military battles and a description of how troopships developed from wooden sailing ships to the liners employed during the 20th century. There are chapters on the troopships of the Napoleonic wars, the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, the Boer War, and the First and Second World Wars. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece and 27 photographs, this is one of the few books on the subject. FINE copy.

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