The Armourer

Mediterran­ean Naval Battles that Changed the World



From the times of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Persians, to the battles around Crete, Malta and North Africa in WWII, the Mediterran­ean has been one of the most hotly fought over seas in the world. In this wide-ranging book the author takes a look at seven key naval battles through time, starting with the Greeks defeating the Persians at Salamis in 480BC to the Siege of Malta during 1940-1942. The most famous of those included is the Nile at Aboukir Bay in 1798.

First though, there’s a chapter on ancient history, before getting into the detail of Athens versus Persians. What’s good about this book is that it’s not just a dry descriptio­n of each battle, it sets the scene as to why it was important and how the protagonis­ts prepared for it. An excellent, well written read.

• Pen and Sword

• ISBN 978-1-5267-1599-9

• 246 pages • Hardback • £25

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