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-‘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: WW2 | North Sea
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-‘The Last Voyage’ by P. U. Jepsen

By Daniel Pascoe

The Last Voyage is essentially about two Royal Navy ships of the line, HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the west coast of Jutland on Christmas Eve, 1811. It is, however, much more than the title suggests. For those less familiar with these ships and the period, Palle Uhd Jepsen also […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Jutland
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet: From mutiny to Scapa Flow’ by N. Jellico

By Eric Grove

Nicholas Jellicoe is the grandson of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. Over the last few years he has thrown himself with great enthusiasm into the naval history of the First World War and his grandfather’s major role in it. I met him in Blackpool eight years ago to give him advice on launching his […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Scapa 1919: The archaeology of a scuttled fleet’ by I. McCartney, Osprey

By Andy Brockman

The first thing to be said about this book is that it is not a traditional historical account of the ‘grand scuttle’, neither is Innes McCartney’s new book a traditional archaeological report, too many of which are hard going even for archaeologists. Instead the author has produced a hybrid publication which revisits the end of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies

Book Review – ‘Roles of the Sea in Medieval England’ by Richard Gorski (ed.)

By Maryanne Kowaleski

Most of the eight essays in this volume originated at a 2008 conference in Rye on ‘Medieval Seas.’ Four of the essays are on English naval history, which has also been the theme of three other recently published Boydell volumes. This feature indicates the quickening pace of work in the field. Gorski’s helpful introduction summarizes […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Medieval | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The US Navy and the War in Europe’ by Robert C. Stern

By John Rodgaard

Robert Stern is a prolific author on various aspects of naval history, with specific emphasis on the war at sea during the Second World War. His latest work, The US Navy and the War in Europe, successfully counters the ‘persistent misconception’ that the US Navy’s greatest contribution to the Second World War was the defeat of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar | English Channel | WW2 | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Lifesaving & Coastguard | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Far Horizons: From Hull to the ends of the world’ by Robb Robinson

By Sarah Palmer

Hull has a long history as one of Britain’s major port cities and as such has not been neglected as a subject for historical study. Joyce Bellamy, Mike Brown, Ralph Davis, Wendy Childs, Gordon Jackson, David J. Starkey and Donald Woodward, as also Robb Robinson himself, are just a few of the specialists who have […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Twentieth Century | Arctic
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The Royal Navy and the German Threat 1901–1914: Admiralty plans to protect British trade in a war against Germany’ by Matthew S. Seligmann

By Oliver Walton

The history of British naval policy at the start of the twentieth century has been keenly contested in recent years; Matthew Seligmann’s contribution to the debate takes its courage from close examination of the archival source on an aspect which has been largely neglected by previous scholarly efforts: the Admiralty’s engagement with the challenge of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Strategy & Diplomacy

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