Archive Results For: North Sea

Book Review-‘Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea’ by J. Rüger

By W. Mark Hamilton

Author Jan Rüger has written a masterful history of a ‘rock’ in the North Sea, and in the process provided his readers with a fascinating account of Anglo-German relations. The ‘rock’ in question is the island of Heligoland, and in the author’s words it’s ‘an apt location from where to rethink the Anglo-German past’. Heligoland […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Life on the Tyne: Water trades on the lower River Tyne in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a reappraisal’ by Robb Robinson

By Robb Robinson

The economy of Tyneside grew rapidly during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with expansion being primarily driven by demand for coal. Peter Wright’s book examines the complexities of the water trade of the lower reaches of this vital commercial artery. He has drawn on a very wide variety of sources, including port books, probate records […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Early Modern | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Total Germany: The Royal Navy’s war against the Axis powers 1939–1945’ by Derek Law

By Derek Law

David Wragg is a hugely prolific author, having produced some 150 monographs in the last 40 years on everything from railways to the RAF. This 250-page volume is aimed at the general reader and gives a brief history of the Royal Navy at war. Inevitably it focuses on major events which are in general described […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Arctic
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Submarines

Book Review – ‘The Last Big Gun: At war and at sea with HMS ‘Belfast’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J.C. Mowat

The paramount significance of the light cruiser and its development within the Royal Navy of the later nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries has long been recognized, both in academic and popular publications, and in the exemplary preservation and display (by the Imperial War Museum) of HMS Belfast in the Pool of London. This fine book well […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review-‘The Norway Campaign and the Rise of Churchill, 1940′ by A. Dix

By Nick Hewitt

Unfortunately, every so often, some books come along which force the reader to ask the question ‘why on earth was this written?’ It is not so much that The Norway Campaign and the Rise of Churchill is a dreadful book, but rather that it is an unnecessary one, although it must be said that this […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘The Beachman’s Coast: Suffolk coastal communities and their boats’ by R. Simper

By Cathryn Pearce

Ostensibly this book is about the demise of the beachmen of Suffolk and their work boats, mainly open yawls, smacks and galleys, which Robert Simper argues needs to be included in the better-known story of the decline of the North Sea fishery (p. 5). Beachmen were traditionally fishermen who worked from the sandy beaches of […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review – ‘Seaforth World Naval Review 2016’ by Matt Schnappauf

By Matt Schnappauf

Seaforth World Naval Review 2016 is the eighth in a series of comprehensive annual global naval affairs reference works. The editor, Conrad Waters, has organized the book into four logical sections: an overview, regional reviews (with two chapters specifically dedicated to the Indonesian and Royal Navies), a review of four significant ship classes and three […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Submarines | Weapons

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

By Matthew Willis

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 […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘Troubled Waters: Leisure boating and the Second World War’ by P. M. Bugden

By P. M. Bugden

In  this  work  the  author (N. Sharp),  who  has  previously written the story of the 700 small craft engaged on Operation Dynamo in Dunkirk Little Ships for  the  same  publisher,  has  explored  in  six chapters  a  little-known  and  interesting  aspect of the Second World War, namely, the roles of yachtsman,  yacht  and  sailing  clubs  and  […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Total Germany: The Royal Navy’s war against the Axis powers 1939–1945’ by Derek Law

By Derek Law

David Wragg is a hugely prolific author, having produced some 150 monographs in the last 40 years on everything from railways to the RAF. This 250-page volume is aimed at the general reader and gives a brief history of the Royal Navy at war. Inevitably it focuses on major events which are in general described […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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