Nile River Gunboats 1882–1918 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

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Nile River Gunboats 1882–1918 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

By Angus Konstam, Peter Dennis (Illustrator)


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This is book number 239 in the New Vanguard series.

For more than 30 years, the Nile river gunboat was an indispensable tool of empire, policing the great river, and acting as floating symbols of British imperial power. They participated in every significant colonial campaign in the region, from the British invasion of Egypt in 1882, to the Battle of Omdurman in 1898, when Britain finally won control of the Sudan. After that, the gunboats helped maintain British control over both Egypt and the Sudan, and played a key role in safeguarding British interests around the headwaters of the Nile--a region hotly contested by several European powers. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this comprehensive volume offers a detailed analysis of the Nile river gunboats' entire career, from monitoring British colonial interests to defending Egypt against the Ottoman Turks in World War I.
Angus Konstam is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has written widely on naval history, with well over a hundred books in print. He is a former Royal Navy officer, maritime archaeologist and museum curator, who has worked in the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Now a full-time author and historian, he lives in Orkney.

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472814760
ISBN-10: 1472814762
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard
"Illustrated with period photos and drawings and new artwork . . . [Nile River Gunboats] examines the full story of these iconic Empire builders, from the first hastily adapted "penny steamers" to the three classes of purpose-built gunboats that finally conquered the Sudan." - Sea Classics Magazine