Sunday, 29 May 2022

Warship 2022

This year's issue of the WARSHIP annual arrived in the post on Thursday, and I have spent several hours since then looking through it and reading several of the articles.

This publication started life as a quarterly in 1977, and it became an annual in 1989*. I have been collecting it ever since it was first published, and its volumes occupy pride of place on the section of my bookshelves that are dedicated to naval history and warship design.

This issue was edited by John Jordan, and contains the following article:

  • Editorial
  • The beginnings of Soviet Naval Power: The 1927 Flotilla Leaders by Przemyslaw Budzhon and Jan Radziemski
  • The challenge of Operation 'Tunnel', September 1943 – April 1944 by Michael Whitby
  • The IJN Carriers Sōryū and Hiryū by Kathrin Milanovich
  • The Development of the Small Cruiser in the Imperial German Navy (Part III): The Gunboats by Dirk Nottelmann
  • The Battleship Jauréguiiberry by Philippe Caresse
  • Postwar radar development in the Royal Navy by Peter Marland
  • After the Sovetskii Soiuz: Soviet Battleship design 1939 – 1941 by Stephen McLaughlin
  • The genesis of the Yokosuka Navy Yard by Hans Lengerer
  • Esploratori of the Regia Marina, 1906 – 1939 by Enrico Cernuschi
  • Modern European Frigates by Conrad Waters
  • The Australian Bathurst-class Minesweeper Corvette by Mark Briggs
  • C65 Aconit: France's prototype ocean escort by John Jordan
  • Warship Notes
    • Ship medallions of the Regina Marina by Enrico Cernuschi
    • The Royal Navy and national names by Kenneth Fraser
  • A's and A's
  • Reviews
  • Warship Gallery
    • The scrapping of HMS Agincourt, New Zealand, and Princess Royal at Rosyth, 1923 – 25 by Aidan Dodson

There is a lot of interesting stuff in this year's annual and it is impossible to pick out one particular article that stands out as being more interesting than the others. This looks like being a book that I will return to many, many times in the years to come.

WARSHIP 2022 was edited by John Jordan and published in 2022 by Osprey Publishing (ISBN 978 1 4728 47781 2).

* The original quarterly published books were softbacks. After 1989 they were republished as hardback volumes, with each volume containing a year's worth of quarterlies. I replaced my original softback quarterlies with the bound volumes as and when the opportunity arose ... and my finances permitted!


  1. I am able to figure out what most of the articles are about but the one titled 'As and As' has me curious? Is it the letters section or answers to answers? Please help?
    I used to enjoy the periodicals published US Army. Every month they released a little magazine titled Soldiers and it covered 'slice of life' and news in general for the army. It was a bit of a treat if I could get my hands on an issue of Armor or Artillery. They were more academic and sometimes contained thought experiment style wargames.

    1. Mr. Pavone,

      ‘A’s and A’s’ means answers and amendments … and usually contains extra information or answers to questions posed in previous annuals, or brief amendments to articles in the current annual.

      The armed services in the UK have their own ‘house’ magazines that are sold to members of the general public, but I think sales have slipped since the advent of online news media. I always used to buy SOLDIER and NAVY NEWS, but haven’t bought copies for years.

      All the best,



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