Archive Results For: Post WW2

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 – ’21st Century Gorshkov: The challenge of seapower in the modern era’ by Geoffrey Till

By Geoffrey Till

21st Century Gorshkov is the latest in a series of short edited collections of the writing of a variety of naval figures, the purpose of which, in the words of the series editor, is to provide ‘modern perspective to the great strategists and military philosophers of the past, placing their writings, principles and theories within modern […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘The Shipwreck Hunter: A lifetime of extraordinary discoveries on the ocean floor’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

David Mearns will be well known to many readers as a shipwreck hunter with a very successful track record going back over three decades. The Shipwreck Hunter is an autobiographical account of Mearns’s fascinating life which focuses primarily on his work on just nine of his most famous shipwreck discoveries and investigations. From student of marine biology […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography

Book Review – ‘Polar Mariner: Beyond the limits in Antarctica’ by Bill Jones

By Bill Jones

Captain Thomas Woodfield had a remarkable career at sea. After a year at the Warsash School of Navigation, then under the command of the redoubtable Captain Wakeford, he served an apprenticeship in merchant ships, until in the early 1950s he obtained a junior officer’s posting to an Antarctic research ship, the Royal Research Ship Shackleton. There […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Antarctic
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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

Book Review-‘Against the Tide: Rickover’s leadership principles and the rise of the nuclear navy’ by D. Oliver

By David Bowen

The United States Submarine Nautilus was the Dreadnought of the nuclear age; when she was launched on 21 January 1954 she transformed the naval world in an instant. For here was the first ever nuclear-powered submarine and her mighty offspring would forever change the dynamics of sea power. This was a true submarine, capable of […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy WASP: An operational and retirement history’ by L. Jerram-Croft and T. Martin

By David Hobbs

The Westland Wasp was the first manned helicopter in any of the world’s navies designed specifically for operation from small flight decks on frigates and destroyers. It served operationally with the Royal Navy between 1963 and 1988 and achieved export success with the navies of New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil. […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘They Were Just Skulls: The naval career of Fred Henley, last survivor of HM Submarine‘Truculent’ ‘ by J. Johnson-Allen

By R.R. Channon

The title of this book may appear somewhat sensationalist, but is entirely appropriate to the most traumatic experience of Fred’s long life, of which more below. As the last living survivor of the tragic sinking of the Truculent he has had celebrity thrust upon him at the age of 94, but has retained the memory […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Submarines

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 – ‘The Royal Navy Lynx: An operational history’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen

The naval version of the Lynx helicopter operated by the Royal Navy has this year (1918) been withdrawn after 40 years of distinguished service. Moreover, it is ‘an aircraft that has never really had its praises sung’, so an account is not only timely but long overdue. One may ask why a book about an […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Post WW2 | Indian Ocean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Naval Aviation

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