Archive Results For: Post WW2

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: ‘From War to Peace: The conversion of naval vessels after two World Wars’ by N. Robbins

By Duncan Connors

As a young man this reviewer lived in Pennsylvania in the eastern United States and canoeing was his hobby. As time went on the rivers of Appalachia became familiar and so he searched farther afield for new adventures. One such location was Mallows Bay on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland opposite the […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review: ‘What Happened to the Battleship: 1945 to the present’ by C. Baker

By Michael Leek

The preface to this book puts the author’s research and writing, which he commenced in 1978, into context, including why it has taken so long to reach fruition. Chris Baker has at last seen his work through to print and in so doing added to the history of the battleship’s generic service, even though, as […] Read More

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

Review:- ‘British Submarines in the Cold War Era, by N. Friedman

By Duncan Connors

Thirty years ago, an elderly man frequented a wine shop owned by the reviewer’s mother. From the Second World War up until a final tour on HMS Valiant 1970 he was an officer in the submarine branch. Upon receiving British Submarines in the Cold War Era by Norman Friedman, the reviewer was reminded of a […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy | Submarines

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

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