Archive Results For: Interwar

Book Review-‘Planning and Profits: British naval armaments manufacture and the military–industrialcomplex, 1918–1941’ by C. W. Miller

By Andrew Lambert

The evolution of British warship building infrastructure between the two World Wars has long been a significant historiographical issue, attracting attention in Churchill’s war memoirs, official histories, academic monographs, broader surveys of British strategic capacity, industrial performance, and specific aspects of warship construction. Christopher Miller’s contribution, developed from a PhD written in the Glasgow University […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Weapons

Book Review-‘Recollections of an Unsuccessful Seaman’ by L. Noake, (ed.) D. Creamer

By Martin Bellamy

Len Noake (1887–1929) was a seaman. He trained aboard HMS Conway and then began a 20-year career in the mercantile marine serving aboard deep sea and coasting vessels in a variety of roles from quartermaster to first officer. In his dying days he wrote his memoirs in the form of a 235-page journal illustrated with […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘Victory Without Peace: The United States Navy in European waters, 1919–1924’ by W. Still

By Benjamin Arnstrong USN

Admiral William Sims’ Pulitzer Prize winning memoir and history of the First World War was entitled Victory at Sea and set a high bar for the books on the naval conflict that would follow over the next century. Victory Without Peace: The United States Navy in European waters, 1919–1924, the third book in a series […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘With the Royal Navy in Peace and War: O’er the dark blue sea’ by B. B. Schofield

By David Bowen

Born in 1895, Vice-Admiral B. B. Schofield first donned a naval uniform in 1908 when Britain’s empire, merchant navy and Royal Navy were at their apogee. It was an exciting time, one of great technical innovation; the era of the dreadnought, the submarine, torpedo and mine, precision gunnery, wireless, and aircraft. And it was a […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Allied Coastal Forces, vol. 1: Fairmile Designs and US Submarine Chasers’ by J. Lambert and A. Ross

By Aidan Dodson

Before his death in 2016, John Lambert had published, in conjunction with Al Ross, two of the volumes of a planned trilogy on vessels of the Allied coastal forces, which appeared respectively in 1990 and 1993 from Conway Maritime Press; the third volume never appeared, although investigations are being made as to whether sufficient material […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Weapons

Book Review-‘The Dawn of the Carrier Strike: The world of Lieutenant W. P. Lucy dso rn’ by D. Hobbs

By David Bowen

This is a story of the hare and the tortoise. While the British hare started well ahead in the naval aviation race at the end of the First World War, political decisions and financial strictures undermined development so that by the Second World War it had been overtaken by the United States Navy (USN) tortoise, […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘Schnellboote: A complete operational history’ by L. Paterson

By David Bowen

Known sometimes as E-boats, these Schnellboote (fast boats) were deployed by the German navy in the Second World War and are properly called S-boats. They were small, fast, and agile motor torpedo boats. Lightweight and highly vulnerable, time and time again they relied on surprise, speed and audacity to punch hard. Readers will have encountered […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Book Review-’21st Century Knox: Influence, sea power, and history for the modern era’ by D. Kohnen

By Geoffery Till

The latest in an agreeable series by the US Naval Institute Press which aims to emphasize the modern salience of the luminaries of the US Navy and Marine Corps at the start of the twentieth century, 21st Century Knox does exactly ‘what it says on the tin’. Its editor is a historian in his own […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters: Linchpin of victory 1935–1942’ byA. Boyd

By Norman Friedman

This is a very important book for our understanding of the Second World War and of the Royal Navy’s part in it. It is revisionist history in the best sense: a thorough look back at archival material and a careful rethink which turns accepted historical wisdom on its head. Even better, it makes much better […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2 | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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

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