Archive Results For: Post WW2

Note: Eight Weeks in the Bristol Channel, 1947

By Peter Thompson

The following account of the fortunes of the Braunton trading ketch Agnes in the brutal winter of 1947 complements the overview, published in The Mariner’s Mirror, of how the Bristol Channel coastwise trade worked through the 15 years that followed the end of the second world war.1 It was compiled by the then mate of […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘ The Modern Cruiser: The evolution of the ships that fought the Second World War’ by R. C. Stern,

By Derek G. Law

he first and very positive thing one notices about this book is the sheer quality of the production. Sumptuous is perhaps too strong a description, but there is a good strong dust jacket which will not fray or tear with shelf wear; the pages are of strong durable near- photographic- quality paper, and the images […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons

Book Review-‘ Silver State Dreadnought: The remarkable story of battleship ‘Nevada’’ by S. M. Younger

By Eric Grove

USS Nevada was one of the first of a new generation of American dreadnoughts. She and her half-sister Oklahoma pioneered ‘all or nothing’ protection and oil burning as designed. She had turbines, but the US Navy was still worried about potential range disadvantages of these power plants and thus made Oklahoma a reciprocating engined vessel, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘British Town Class Cruisers: Design, development and performance, Southampton and Belfast classes’ by C. Waters

By Aidan Dodson

Between 1937 and 1939 the Royal Navy commissioned ten cruisers armed with a dozen 6-inch guns and named after British cities. Originally to be named after mythological beings and dubbed the Minotaur class, they then became the Southampton and ‘Improved Southampton’/Belfast classes but, especially after the loss of the name-ship, have regularly been dubbed the […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Anatomy of the Ship: The battleship USS ‘Iowa’’ by S. Draminski

By David Bowen

Commissioned in 1943, the United States Ship Iowa was the lead ship of a class of six that were destined to be the very last US battleships; indeed only four of the class were subsequently built. Formidably armed, well armoured and handsome, they were the fastest battleships ever built, with a maximum speed of 33 […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Spoils of War: The fate of enemy fleets after the two World Wars’ by A. Dodson and S. Cant

By Innes McCartney

This most interesting new publication by Aidan Dodson and Serena Cant has been aimed at filling a long-noted gap in the histories of the fleets of the defeated nations of the First and Second World Wars after hostilities had ceased, describing the ultimate fates of the surrendered vessels by destruction and accident. It serves as […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Post WW2
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Red Crew: Fighting the war on drugs with Reagan’s Coast Guard’ by J. Howe

By Richard Harding

In the early 1980s the Reagan administration was faced by a problem of border control on its south-eastern maritime frontier. Drug smuggling was causing serious concern as seizures rose dramatically in the late 1970s, indicating a rising trend in the traffic. People smuggling, particularly from Haiti, was also ringing alarm bells. In 1981 a permanent […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

Book Review-‘Bloody Sixteen: The USS ‘Oriskany’ and the Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War’ by P. Fey

By Ben Jones

This book is a first-class addition to the historiography of the role played by naval aviation during the Vietnam War. Peter Fey has catalogued the operations of the USS Oriskany and Carrier Air Wing 16 in meticulous detail throughout their three tours between 1965 and 1968. Not only is the reader drawn into a gripping […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘Seven at Santa Cruz’ by T. Edwards

By Eric Grove

A book with the subtitle ‘The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’ might seem an odd one for The Mariner’s Mirror but nothing can be further from the truth. During the twentieth century, the air dimension of maritime operations grew to be of central importance. Understanding the aviation dimension has become key to researching […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘Anglo-Australian Naval Relations, 1945–1975:A more independent service’ by M. Gjessing

By Mark Bailey

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) grew from the Royal Navy and even today this influence in the RAN’s culture is plain. Naval personnel are different, living and working in manners alien to their society and form a distinct subculture understood by few. Naval personnel are long-term, technically orientated personnel who live and fight isolated aboard […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Navies

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