Book Review – ‘The British Carrier Strike Fleet after 1945’ by Matthew Willis

By Matthew Willis, published October 2020


The British Carrier Strike Fleet Since 1945 is nothing if not ambitious. The author, a former naval pilot, seeks to provide a comprehensive history of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier component, from the end of the Second World War to the present day, in its operational, political, materiel and scientific context. The result is an extremely useful reference work and a very weighty volume, but is no less readable for that. The breadth of the book’s remit means it covers everything from day-by-day accounts of the RN carriers’ roles in conflicts, to the development of doctrine and political influences in the philosophy of the carrier force, via detailed descriptions of the changing equipment and ships …

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Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Naval Aviation | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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