Non Fiction:

Note: Many of the non fiction works of Dudley Pope have been issued in many editions from various publishers, and with alternate titles. Only some of these alternative titles are shown here.

Flag 4, The Battle of Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean. ,1954.

The motor torpedo-boats, motor gunboats, and motor launches, known officially as Light Coastal Forces. Action on the Libyan coast up to the surrender of axis forces in North Africa. Action off Italy after the landing in Sicily and in the Adriatic Sea. Action in the Aegean Sea and the Dodecanese Islands after the Italian surrender.

The Battle Of The River Plate / Graf Spee: The Life And Death Of A Raider / Graf Spee, 1956

Assisted by captured German naval records, the author details the search and action during December 1939 with the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. Details its reign in the South Atlantic, the battle of the River Plate and the subsequent scuttling of the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.

73 North: The Battle of The Barents Sea/73 North:The Defeat of Hitler's Navy, 1958,

Pope explores the damage inflicted upon the German Navy by the British Navy in battles fought mainly by destroyers. The colossal failure by the German Navy in the Battle of the Barents Sea had enormous consequences. Grand Admiral Ræder resigned, and Admiral Denitz took over. The battle was one of the classic destroyer battles of the war.

England Expects/Decision at Trafalgar , 1959

One of the best accounts of the battle. Pope's saga of the year 1805 from the point-of-view of seaman, soldiers and civilians from England, France and Spain to explain the build-up and conclusion to Nelson's great victory (and death) at Trafalgar.

The Black Ship, 1963,

This work recounts one of the most brutal episodes in British Naval history: the bloody mutiny aboard the H.M.S. Hermione under Captain Hugh Pigot in 1797 and the manhunt that ensued.

Guns, 1972

Lavish presentation. Comprehensive history of guns from the invention of gunpowder to the 20th century.

Harry Morgan's Way, The Biography Of Sir Henry Morgan 1635-1684 / The Buccaneer King, The Biography Of The Notorious Sir Henry Morgan, 1635-1688, 1977,

Sir Henry Morgan: Most famous of the buccaneers. He was probably a member of the expedition that in 1655 seized Jamaica from the Spanish and converted it into an English colony. Morgan's famous raid on Panama (1671) had taken place after the conclusion of a peace between England and Spain. He was arrested and transported to London (April 1672). Nevertheless, relations with Spain quickly deteriorated, and in 1674 King Charles II knighted Morgan and sent him out again as deputy governor of Jamaica, where he lived as a wealthy and respected planter until his death.

The Great Gamble: Nelson at Copenhagen, 1978

04/02/1801The Battle of Copenhagen was not Nelson's greatest tactical battle, but it was the hardest fought. Three ships ran aground and the other nine engaged the Danish in fierce combat. A signal flew from Hyde-Parker ordering battle to stop. Nelson responded by putting a telescope to his blind eye, saying he could see no order. An hour later, the Danish fleet was decimated with 6000 men dead. The British also suffered heavy losses.

Life in Nelsons Navy, 1981

Dudley Pope offers a compelling view of the social structure and harsh living conditions aboard the ships of the British Navy in the late 18th century in this lively history. He describes a typical day aboard a man-of-war, discusses the awesome powers and responsibilities of commanding officers, and details the specialised tasks performed on a warship under sail in Lord Nelson's time.

The book presents facts about the organisation and inner workings of the Admiralty, the promotion systems for officers and seamen, and the severe system of discipline in use during the period. How men lived and fought in Nelson's Navy: food, clothing, pay & recruitment, crime & punishment, prize money etc. It also addresses the important issue of naval politics.

The Devil Himself: The Mutiny of 1800, 1987,

The French Corvette "La Vaillante", built in 1796, captured & renamed "Danae" by the Royal Navy. Taken back in March 1800 by the French, following a mutiny of her crew. The title of the book refers to the label on the file on the affair in the French naval archives.

At Twelve Mr. Byng was shot,1987

The English captured the western Mediterranean island of Minorca in 1708 and built Fort St. Philippe, the most expensive fortification ever built by them. The French captured the island in 1756 despite the efforts of Admiral John Byng (1704-1757) to prevent it. Byng was made a political scapegoat for this disaster and was tried by court-martial. On Monday, March 14th, 1757, all the men-of-war at Spithead were ordered to send their boats with the captains and all the officers of each ship, accompanied with a party of marines under arms, to attend the execution of Admiral Byng Byng died with great resolution and composure, not showing the least sign of timidity in the awful moment.


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Rule Britannia

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