Archive Results For: Interwar

Book Review – ‘Town Class Cruisers’ by Neil McCart

By Derek Law

The Town class cruisers were designed to meet the constraints imposed by the London Naval Treaty of 1930. Like their US and Japanese contemporaries, the Towns were considered to be ‘light cruisers’ within the narrow terms of the Treaty. The London Treaty defined a ‘light cruiser’ as being one having a main armament no greater than 6.1 inches (155 mm) […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review-’21st Century Ellis: Operational art and strategic prophecy for the modern era’ edited by B. A. Friedman

By Geoffery Till

The opening blurb in the first of these two books says that the 21st Century Foundations series ‘gives modern perspective to the great strategists and military philosophers of the past, placing their writings, principles, and theories with modern discussions and debates’. The aim is less to supply answers – more to identify questions that will […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘All the Factors of Victory: Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves and the origins of carrier airpower’ by T. Wildenburg

By Ben Jones

Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves was one of the most significant figures in the development of carrier aviation in the inter-war period and Thomas Wildenburg, an independent historian, has filled a considerable gap in the historiography with this biography. Wildenburg refers to Reeves as the ‘forgotten man of naval aviation’ (p. x) and a major reason […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Naval Aviation

Book Review – ‘Type VII: Germany’s Most Successful U-boats’ by Marek Krzystalowicz

By David Bowen

This book tells us the story of the Type VII U-boat and covers its genesis, characteristics, development, construction and some of its operation. The 1930s saw the rebirth of the German submarine service under Dönitz who formulated the tactic of the ‘wolf pack’ – the concerted attack by U-boats upon merchant shipping – in order […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Submarines

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

Dorothea Duff: Female seafaring pioneer or serial fantasist?

By Frank Scott

This short note explores the life and alleged sea faring adventures of Dorothea Duff in the early 20th century.  The author suggests that contrary to Duff’s claims of having served before the mast on two square riggers sailing from Australia to the UK, the evidence suggests she actually travelled as a passenger. The author also […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

An Anatomy of Speculative Failure: Wm Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, and the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company of Howdon on Tyne, 1919–1945

By Hugh Murphy

This article investigates the impact and consequences of speculative capital-gaining ownership of several UK shipbuilding firms after 1918, with emphasis on the Sperling Combine’s Northumberland Shipbuilding Company of Howdon on Tyne and its acquisition in 1919 of the Wear shipbuilders and marine engine builders, Wm Doxford and Sons Ltd. The Sperling Combine’s modus operandi was […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Paying the Prize for the German Submarine War: U-boats destroyed and the Admiralty Prize Fund, 1919–1932

By Innes McCartney

This paper examines how the Admiralty paid prize money to the Royal Navy for the destruction of U-boats in the First World War. The research shows that the method by which it did so was distinct from the standard prize process, primarily because of secrecy surrounding the anti-U-boat effort. Prize payments were only made by […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Submarines

Parliamentary Politics and the Singapore Base: a Surplus of Opinions and Few Answers, 1918–29

By Raymond W. Westphal Jr

At the close of the First World War, the British government continued to examine how to defend an empire that spanned the globe. This challenge was compounded by a number of debt-conscious members of the House of Commons and post-war governments who were eager to reduce defence spending. Thus the challenge for the Royal Navy […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

The Royal Navy in the Era of Two World Wars: was it Fit for Purpose?

By N.A.M. Rodger

Predicting the role that a navy will be called upon to adopt is an impossible task, made easier with the benefit of hindsight. Whilst a navy (or a ship) might be best fitted to a particular purpose, successful navies (and warship designs) have tended to be those with the broadest range of general capabilities. The […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Submarines

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