In August of 1914, the airplane had barely made its tenth anniversary, and had only just become a weapon of war. The Italians had used air power (if it could be called that) in North Africa in 1911, and Louis Bl?riot's famous trip across the English Channel was still a fresh memory. The Great War was a time of heroes and villains, a war where everyone knew who was fighting whom and for what... [click here for more]
We may now picture this great Fleet, with its flotillas and cruisers, steaming slowly out of Portland Harbour, squadron by squadron, scores of gigantic castles of steel wending their way across the misty, shining sea, like giants bowed in anxious thought. We may picture them again as darkness fell, eighteen miles of warships running at high speed and in absolute blackness through the narrow Straits,... [click here for more]
The conclusion seems unavoidable, therefore, that the naval effect of this whole arrangement is not the establishment of a 5-3 ratio of naval power between the United States and Japan with respect to the Far East. On the contrary, it means virtually complete disarmament by the United States in the Far East while Japan — though statistically less heavily armed at home than the United States is... [click here for more]
"The British navy saved the world."King & Kaiser is the first scenario book for the second edition of Grand Fleets. Within these pages, you will find everything you need to fight out the near-run thing that was the Great War at sea.
While great armies slogged through the Flanders mud and clashed over a sun-dried patch of Anatolian rock, the course of human affairs was directed... [click here for more]
"Come on you chaps, who's coming for a swim?"
— P.O. Ernest Francis, HMS Queen MaryGrand Fleets™ is a miniatures game of naval warfare during the age of the battleship. From the ironclads of the late 1800s to the super-dreadnoughts of World War II, players can take command of the ships that altered the course of history.
Great pains have been taken to accommodate a wide... [click here for more]
The declaration of war by Great Britain on 4 August converted the conflict into one unlike any other that had been waged since Napoleon was sent to St. Helena in 1815; and sea-power was once more revealed to a somewhat purblind world. There had, indeed, been wars in which navies had been engaged, and Japan in 1904 had exhibited the latest model of a naval battle. But Japan only commanded the sea... [click here for more]