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Bison Books Greenwich CT USA 1983. With more than 220 illustrations. The Royal Navy originated during the reign of Henry VIII, and its first and unexpected victory over Spain's 'Invincible' Armada in 1588. Under Charles II in 1667, the Dutch sailed up the Medway to burn the British ships laid up at Chatham. Britain rose to world naval hegemony in the 18th Century, and the defeat in the War of American Independence was redeemed by the victories over Revolutionary France. The Pax Brittanica heralded by the annihilation of French and Spanish forces at Trafalgar in 1805. The period since World War II has seen a reduction in the size of the Royal Navy however the RN excelled in the Falkland Islands conflict of 1982. With an amphibious operation, conducted more than 8000 miles from the United Kingdom, exuded professionalism. It showed that the fighting spirit and discipline of the Royal Navy is every bit as strong today as in the days of Nelson. Illustrated dust jacket over blue cloth covered end boards. Fine condition. 192pp. 315 x 235mm