Sunday, August 23, 2009

Flottes de Combat 2008

Flottes de Combat 2008 by Bernard Prezelin Editions Maritime 2008. ISBN 978-27373-4324-7. Hardcover. 1320 pages & numerous color and black and white photographs.
This is our first experience with flottes de combat and to put it mildly, we are very impressed. Mr Prezelin's expertise in the field is clearly evident with the national entries clear and concise with a natural flow.
The book is profusely illustrated with most being in color. This makes the work a valuable recognition tool, an art becoming lost with today's overemphasis on electronics. What would be a good tool would be to incorporate this work in modern bridge electronic systems for easy reference.
Although the text is in French, it is quite easy to decipher.
The competition for this work is the more famous but prohibitively expensive Jane's Fighting Ships and the US Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World. However of the three, Flottes de Combat 2008 is certainly the best value for money and most comprehensive.

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