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Portsmouth: In Defence of the Realm John Sadden

Portsmouth: In Defence of the Realm

John Sadden

Published January 1st 2001
ISBN : 9781860771651
Hardcover
160 pages
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On both sides of the harbor, Pompeys fortifications, military garrison, dockyard, naval, and air defence establishments—and much more—are fully featured in this enthralling new history. Portsmouth Harbor has offered a secure anchorage for fightingMoreOn both sides of the harbor, Pompeys fortifications, military garrison, dockyard, naval, and air defence establishments—and much more—are fully featured in this enthralling new history. Portsmouth Harbor has offered a secure anchorage for fighting fleets since Roman times. The growth of Pompey from an adjunct to the ancient military center at Portchester to the worlds premier naval base in Britains imperial heyday is fully explained and described in this new book, which, for the first time, brings together the history of the harbors fortifications, military garrison, dockyard, naval, and air defense establishments. Portsmouth was an important naval base by the early Middle Ages, but it was not until the 18th century and the beginning of the long series of wars with France and Spain that it began its rapid rise to pre-eminence. Many establishments sprang up to support this growth, on both sides of the harbor. Naval, military, and Marine barracks, the Gunwharf, the great Dockyard, Haslar Hospital, Priddys Hard, Clarence Victualling Yard, and the Gunnery School, HMS Excellent. All are fully featured in this comprehensive, yet compelling, condensation of tons of archives into a very readable book. Not confined to the evolution of facilities and fortifications, the authors narrative highlights the many defensive and offensive innovations that were developed locally, and the parts played by such individuals as Jonas Hanway, Agnes Weston, Sarah Robinson, Admiral Sir Jacky Fisher, Dr. James Lind, and William and Robert Froude. Well illustrated by carefully selected engravings and rare photographs, many never previously published, this book will undoubtedly become the standard work- essential to interested residents and visitors and of great value to naval and military historians everywhere.