Archive Results For: Post WW2

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-‘Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s rise and the challenge to US maritime strategy’ by T. Yoshihara and J. R. Holmes

By Eric Grove

Dr Toshio Yushihara has had posts at the Naval War College at Newport Rhode Island and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington dc think tank. James R. Holmes, ex-US Naval officer, another PhD from Tufts and former […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Last British Battleship: HMS ‘Vanguard’ 1946–1960 ‘by R. A. Burt

By Aidan Dodson

This book is in many ways an ‘appendix’ to the same author’s series of volumes on British battleships, originally published by Arms and Armour Press from 1985, and redesigned, reprinted and on occasion to a degree retitled in more recent years by Seaforth. Reviewers of the book which appeared as British Battleships 1919–1945 in 2013 […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘High Seas Buffer: The Taiwan Patrol Force, 1950–1979’ by Bruce A. Elleman

By James Goldrick

This study casts light on a significant and long standing naval commitment by the United States to ensure the survival of Taiwan as a political entity separate from mainland China. The presence and occasional interventions of USN units, as well as the training that they provided to the Nationalist Chinese Navy – and the reassurance […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard | Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review – ‘Land Based Air Power or Aircraft Carriers?: A case study of the British debate about maritime air power in the 1960s’ by Gjert Lage Dyndal

By David Hobbs

This is the sixth in a series of studies by the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, which draw on the expertise and wider networks of the Defence Studies Department of King’s College, London. The author is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Norwegian Air Force and Dean of Academics at the Royal Norwegian Air […] Read More

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

The Evolution of Sail Training from the Nineteenth Century to the 1980s

By Frank Scott

This article considers sail training over a period of some 150 years, starting with its early nineteenth-century origins. It takes the first Tall Ships’ Race in 1956 as a key point, using the races as barometer thereafter for progress up to the 1980s, by which time the upward trend towards becoming global was well established. […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Royal Navy’s Principal Warfare Officer Course, 1972–2015

By Andrew Livsey

The Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) course, which trains officers to direct warships on operations, has for the last 40 years been a key determinant in how the Royal Navy has fought. Four of the last six First Sea Lords, the professional heads of the Royal Navy, have been PWOs. This article explains why the course […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics

On a New Bearing: the Reorganized Royal Australian Navy at War in Vietnam

By Steven Paget

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) made a modest but important commitment of a single destroyer to the Vietnam War on a rotational basis between March 1967 and September 1971. The contrast between the deployments of the American-designed and built Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyers and the British-designed Daring class destroyer, HMAS Vendetta, represented the […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note: The Port of Glasgow

By Martin Bellamy

A number of photographs showing the river and port of Glasgow have been discovered in the Museum. Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Art & Music | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines

A Crisis that Never Came: the Decline of the Antarctic Whaling Industry in the 1950s and 1960s

By Bjørn L. Basberg

The twentieth-century Antarctic whaling industry had from the beginning been led by Norwegian companies and companies from a few other nations with strong Norwegian ties, especially Britain. This article analyses the decline and final closure of this part of the industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The nations that had dominated the industry were then […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Antarctic
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Note: ‘A Difficult Peson to tackle’: Admiral of the Fleet Sir Gerard Noel

By Richard Hill

The discovery of additional papers belonging to Sir Gerard Noel has brought to light some details which he might have wished to suppress at the height of the controversy at the end of his serving career.  Ranging from the period during which he was a junior sea lord to the China station, and then to […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Weapons

‘Hit Hard, Move Fast and Sustain Action’: the Replacement of the Royal Navy’s Amphibious Warfare Squadron and the Rationale for HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid

By Ian Speller

This article examines the circumstances in which the old ships and craft of the post-1945 Royal Navy’s Amphibious Warfare Squadron were replaced by the new assault ships HMS Fearless and Intrepid. It analyses the impact on the requirement for amphibious forces of the change in emphasis in the late 1950s from major war contingencies to a new focus on […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

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