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The Naval Annual

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Title page of 1887 edition, published 1888

The Naval Annual was a book that provided considerable text and graphic information (largely concerning the British Royal Navy) which had previously been obtainable only by consulting a wide range of often foreign language publications.[1] It was started by Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey in 1886. Though often compared with Jane's Fighting Ships, the two British annuals were, in fact quite different. The Brassey series began a dozen years earlier, and its special strength was the dozen or more detailed articles on naval (plus, from 1920 through 1935, merchant marine) matters, authored by experts. They covered British and other nations' naval developments ranging from the latest ships to overall policy. The first five or six Brassey volumes used a second printing color (a light blue green) to highlight armored portions of naval vessels' hulls. Through 1949, the series was also known for its extensive tabular presentations of individual ship details. But unlike Jane's, the Brassey series was NOT designed for use in identifying ships at sea. Starting with the 1950 volume, content broadened to cover air force and army topics in addition to naval material, with a continued emphasis on British forces. Long runs of the Brassey volumes are relatively uncommon in American libraries.

During its life it underwent a number of title changes.

Editors of Brassey's Annuals 1886–1992[2]Edit

Naval AnnualEdit

Naval and Shipping AnnualEdit

(For this 15-year period, the ANNUAL covered naval and merchant shipping, plus occasional articles on maritime aviation.)

  • 1920–1928 Sir Alexander Richardson and Archibald Hurd
  • 1929 C. N. Robinson
  • 1930–1935 C. N. Robinson and H. M. Ross

Brassey's Naval AnnualEdit

  • 1936 C. N. Robinson
  • 1937–1949 H. G. Thursfield (the 1948 volume differed from all before and after--it was devoted to printing Hitler's naval conference proceedings)

Brassey's Annual – The Armed Forces YearbookEdit

  • 1950–1963 H. G. Thursfield
  • 1964–1973 J. L. Moulton

Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence YearbookEdit

  • 1974–1975 editorial board: S. W. B. Menaul, R. G. S. Bidwell, R. H. F. Cox
  • 1976 editorial board: S. W. B. Menaul, A. E. Younger, R. H. F. Cox
  • 1977–1979 editorial board: A. E. Younger, E. F. Gueritz, R. H. F. Cox
  • 1980–1982 editorial board: E. F. Gueritz, Henry Stanhope, Jennifer Shaw
  • 1983–1984 editorial board: Group Captain David Bolton RAF (rtd), Henry Stanhope, Jennifer Shaw
  • 1985 editorial board: Group Captain David Bolton RAF (rtd), Henry Stanhope, Jennifer Shaw, Maj-Gen (rtd) A. J. Trythall. Editor: B. H. Reid
  • 1986–88 ???
  • 1989 editorial board: Group Captain David Bolton RAF (rtd), Group Captain G. Gilbert AFC RAF (rtd), Henry Stanhope, Jennifer Shaw, Maj-Gen (rtd) A. J. Trythall, Jonathan Eyal[3]
  • 1990 editorial board: Group Captain David Bolton RAF (rtd), Helen MacDonald, Henry Stanhope, Jennifer Shaw, Maj-Gen (rtd) A.J. Trythall, Jonathan Eyal[4]
  • 1991 editorial board: Group Captain David Bolton RAF (rtd), Henry Stanhope, Jennifer Shaw, Maj-Gen (rtd) A. J. Trythall, Jonathan Eyal[5]
  • 1992 editorial board: Group Captain David Bolton RAF (rtd), Jennifer Shaw, Maj-Gen (rtd) A. J. Trythall, Jonathan Eyal[6]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Preface to the first edition of The Naval Annual, July 1886.
  2. ^ Editors from 1886–1986 fromIronclad to Trident, p. v–vi.
  3. ^ Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1989
  4. ^ Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1990
  5. ^ Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1991
  6. ^ Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1992

ReferencesEdit

  • Brassey, Thomas (ed.), The Naval Annual, Portsmouth: Griffin & Co., 1886.
  • Brooks, Richard. Fred T. Jane: An Eccentric Visionary, Coulsdon, Surrey: Jane's Information Systems, 1997.
  • Ranft, Bryan (ed.), Ironclad to Trident, 100 Years of Defence Commentary, BRASSEYS's 1886–1986, Brassey's Defence Publishing (part of the Pergamon Group), 1986. ISBN 0-08-031191-1.
  • Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1989. ISBN 0-08-036698-8.
  • Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1990. ISBN 0-08-037338-0.
  • Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1991. ISBN 0-08-040729-3.
  • Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defence Yearbook, 1992. ISBN 1-85753-030-6.

External linksEdit

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