Archive Results For: Interwar

Book Review:- ‘Mao’s Army Goes to Sea: The island campaigns and the founding of China’s navy ‘by T. Yoshihara

By Jordan Chapman

The naval element of the Chinese Civil War (1927–49) has been lacking in focused study, with more interest being shown in more contemporary Chinese maritime exploits. Toshi Yoshihara has seen fit to fill this gap by demonstrating how the People’s Republic of China went from having no navy to speak of, to forming an organized […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review:- ‘The Petrol Navy: British, American and other motor boats at war 1914–1920’ by S. R. Dunn

By David Bowen

Think of motorboats at war in the twentieth century and most of us would visualize the exploits and characteristics of the E-boats, motor torpedo boats (MTBs), and patrol torpedo boats (PTs) of the Second World War. It is therefore surprising to discover that these in fact had their genesis in the petrol-powered fast and light […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Weapons

Book Review-‘Hitler’s Attack U-boats: The Kriegsmarine’s WWII Submarine Strike Force’ by J. P. Mallmann Showell,

By Duncan Connors

In 1986 economic historian Corelli Barnet promoted a hypothesis that the German economy was far stronger during the Second World War than appearances may suggest. While evidence does not back this up, German submarine production was, due in no small part to the organizational skills of Albert Speer and to the system of distributed manufacturing […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘How Carriers Fought’ by L. Celander

By David Bowen

While the tentative naval aerial operations of the First World War and the next two decades’ experiments and exercises had embedded the concept of sea-borne aviation, and even though steps had been taken by three major naval powers to equip their navies and devise potential tactics, it was only during the furious, testing years of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘Castaways in Question: A story of British naval interrogators from WW1 to denazification’ by D. Nudd

By Matthew S. Seligmann

This is an entertaining book. The subject matter is the work of British interrogators, principally from the navy, in obtaining information from captured German sailors in the two World Wars. The story is largely told through interesting vignettes extracted from the intelligence reports produced on the back of these interrogations. At least for the Second […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Warship Builders: An industrial history of naval shipbuilding, 1922–1945’ by T. Heinrich

By Evan Mawdsley

This wide-ranging book straddles a range of topics. It will be useful to informed general readers interested in warships and shipbuilding, as well as to economic historians considering the role of the state in wartime. The title (and subtitle) might have been more specific, as much the largest part of the book is about American […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘Warships After London: The end of the treaty era in the five major fleets, 1930–1936’ by J. Jordan

By Christopher W. Miller

Warships After London, John Jordan’s follow-up to 2011’s excellent Warships After Washington, aims to continue the story of naval fleet developments into the 1930s, and more specifically to cover the crucial years of the London Treaty of April 1930. This book, perhaps even more so than its predecessor, captures a period of rapid technological change. […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars: Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover GCB KCVO CMG DSO’ by J. Crossley

By Derek Law

This is the first biography of Roger Keyes for some decades and fills a surprising gap in the literature. Keyes had a hugely successful career and was an archetypal son of the British Empire. Born in India in 1872, where his father was commander of the Punjab Frontier Force, he was one of nine children. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Biography

Portugal and the Spanish Civil War at Sea, 1936–1939

By Augusto Salgado

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July 1936, Portugal was already monitoring the political situation in Spain very closely since left-leaning Republican governments were seen to pose a major threat to the regime of António Oliveira Salazar (1889–1970), the dictatorial ruler of Portugal. The ensuing conflict, which would set the standard for […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Bellingshausen in Britain: Supplying the Russian Antarctic expedition, 1819

By Rip Bulkeley

In August and September 1819 the first Russian Antarctic expedition, commanded by Captain Bellingshausen, visited Britain to purchase navigational and scientific instruments, charts and books. Using documents in the Russian Naval Archives, this article describes the visit in detail and reflects on what this information tells us about the framing of the expedition and the […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Antarctic
Subjects include: Logistics | Science & Exploration

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