Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales by J D. Davies

By J D. Davies

this is often the 1st publication ever written approximately Wales' half in naval heritage. in keeping with large learn, it tells a compelling tale that spans approximately thousand years, from the Romans to the current. Many Welshmen - and girls - have served in either the Royal military and the navies of different international locations. Welshmen performed significant elements in voyages of exploration, within the navy's suppression of the slave alternate, and in naval struggle from the Viking period to the Spanish Armada, within the American Civil battle, either international Wars and the Falklands struggle. Britannia's Dragon tells their tales in vibrant element.

The military additionally did a lot to form Wales itself. town of Pembroke Dock was once created via the country's in basic terms Royal Dockyard, whereas the growth of the coal and copper industries used to be principally pushed via the army. entire, enlightening and provocative, Britannia's Dragon additionally explodes many myths approximately Welsh heritage, arguing that almost all Welshmen within the crusing army have been volunteers now not pressed males, and that relative to the dimensions of nationwide populations, proportionally extra Welsh seaman than English fought at Trafalgar.

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