Friday, March 05, 2004
Dr. Carl Ballhausen's book
Despite my criticisms, I would highly recommend Dr. Ballhausen's book about the First Anglo-Dutch War and the war between the Dutch and Swedes in 1658-1659. The reference for the book is:
Carl Ballhausen, PhD, Der Erste Englisch-Höllandische Seekrieg 1652-1654 Sowie der Schwedisch-Holländische Seekrieg 1658-1659, Martinus Nijhoff, Haag, 1923.
Despite Dr. Ballhausen's frequent leaps of imagination in listing ships at various battles, there are enough positive features to make the book valuable:
The charts of the battles, showing wind direction and the position of squadrons
Some unique information that is very likely to be correct, such as the Swedish armaments listed in footnotes in the section about the Battle of the Sound
Extensive footnotes (however, you need to check the sources, as I have found that I often disagree with Dr. Ballhausen's conclusions
The Library of Congress holds a copy of this book (as does the Wilson Library at the University of Minnesota). The Library of Congress will make a photocopy of the book, at a fairly high price. I was persistent, and finally was able to buy the book, after persistent searching using Addall.com.