Archive Results For: North Sea

Review – ‘Britain and the Mine, 1900–1915: Culture, strategy and international law’ by Matthew S. Seligmann

By Matthew S. Seligmann

Underwater weapons – specifically, mines and torpedoes – have had a profound influence on twentieth-century naval warfare. Despite this, studies of them to date have not been all they might be. Richard Dunley seeks to rectify this in respect of the mine with a major evaluation of its place in Royal Navy thinking and planning […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Period | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

Book Review – ‘The Battleship Holiday: The naval treaties and capital ship design’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

This is a book which belies its title, and is much the better for doing so. The successive treaties that define the title enter the narrative late (p. 87) and leave it early (p. 188) but are discussed in commendable detail. The complex interplay of personalities, national objectives and priorities, economic limitations and developing technologies […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Pudding Pan: A Roman shipwreck and its cargo in context’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

The ‘Pudding Pan wreck’ discovery is of extreme significance in the development of British archaeology, both general and maritime, but remains little understood. This comprehensive and authoritative re-publication of the scattered evidence by Michael Walsh is long overdue, but leaves its significance unclear. Essentially, the ‘discovery’ refers to the repeated recovery of intact vessels of […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | North Sea | Eighteenth Century | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review – ‘The War in the North Sea: The Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy 1914–1918’ by Harold N. Boyer

By Harold N. Boyer

In addition to grand strategy, author Quintin Barry discusses the ships of both fleets as they existed in August 1914 and then throughout the war, as well as the state of officers and ratings. This book is heavily detailed, documented, and most interesting while bringing a four-year struggle under one cover. The only criticism offered […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book review – ‘Dive Scapa Flow; Dive Palau: The shipwrecks’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

These two offerings by Rod Macdonald represent some of the best of the current crop of shipwreck guides for recreational divers. As a genre, this type of literature can be traced back to the dawn of sports diving in the middle of the last century. These books serve their market very well. Recreational divers seeking […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Southern Thunder: The Royal Navy and the Scandinavian trade in World War One’ by S. R. Dunn

By David Bowen

Standing on the shores of the North Sea in a typical winter gale presents a bleak and forbidding prospect. It is sobering to consider that for the four years of the First World War this was a battleground where the warring nations committed their navies to a bitter and relentless struggle in order to wrest […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘The Royal Navy Lynx: An operational history’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen

The naval version of the Lynx helicopter operated by the Royal Navy has this year (1918) been withdrawn after 40 years of distinguished service. Moreover, it is ‘an aircraft that has never really had its praises sung’, so an account is not only timely but long overdue. One may ask why a book about an […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Post WW2 | Indian Ocean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Naval Aviation

Book Review – ’36 Hours: Jutland 1916: The battle that won the war’ by Michael Leek

By Michael Leek

The significance – and continuing controversy – of the battle of Jutland (known as Skagerrakschlacht in Germany) in the history of both the Royal Navy and the Kaiserliche Marine means it was inevitable that the hundredth anniversary would be recognized through more than a few publications. That the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies

Book Review – ‘The Sea in History: The modern world’ by Steven Gray

By Steven Gray

This tome forms a substantial finale to the four volume Sea in History series, a result of the huge Oceanides project. It is an 848-page behemoth, with a contributor list that reads like a who’s who of modern naval history, and indeed beyond the field. It is therefore appropriate that the volume is edited by a scholar as distinguished […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘A Waste of Blood and Treasure: The 1799 Anglo-Russian invasion of the Netherlands’ by Martin Robson

By Martin Robson

The Anglo-Russian invasion of the Netherlands in 1799 is one of the more unusual joint and international maritime expeditions launched during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Philip Ball’s account of the invasion is based on his MA thesis and draws upon a range of contemporary primary source material and eye-witness accounts to provide a […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Far Distant Ships: The blockade of Brest, 1793–1815’ by Thomas Malcomson

By Thomas Malcomson

Quintin Barry’s book the different approaches used by the British of blockading the Atlantic ports of France and its allies during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The contents cover an area from Cadiz in the south to the Texel in the north, and west to Ireland. It provides a good introduction to the challenges […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘North Sea War 1914–1919’ by R. Malster

By Eric C. Rust

The title of this book is somewhat misleading because readers, expecting perhaps another account of the clashes of the British and German battle fleets or a far-ranging analysis of how naval and air operations in the North Sea theatre influenced the outcome of the First World War, will feel disappointed. Instead Robert Malster, author of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies

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