Archive Results For: WW1

Book Review-‘North Sea War 1914–1919’ by R. Malster

By Eric C. Rust

The title of this book is somewhat misleading because readers, expecting perhaps another account of the clashes of the British and German battle fleets or a far-ranging analysis of how naval and air operations in the North Sea theatre influenced the outcome of the First World War, will feel disappointed. Instead Robert Malster, author of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Blockade: Cruiser warfare and the starvation of Germany in World War One’ by S. R. Dunn

By Steve Cobb

The publisher’s blurb promises a ‘fast-paced story of . . . the operations of the 10th Cruiser Squadron’, using ‘first-hand accounts, the book . . . lays before the reader . . . a much neglected aspect of the First World War’. Fast-paced it certainly is, but it is an episodic account of the maritime […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Kaiser’s Battlefleet: German capital ships, 1870–1918’ by A. Dodson

By Harold N. Boyer

In this study of German capital ships from 1871 to 1918 Aidan Dodson, senior research fellow at University of Bristol, has provided one of the few English-language monographs on this subject. This is a highly detailed study of the design and use of these ships, from the advent of the Prussian navy in 1871 down […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-’21st Century Knox: Influence, sea power, and history for the modern era’ by D. Kohnen

By Geoffery Till

The latest in an agreeable series by the US Naval Institute Press which aims to emphasize the modern salience of the luminaries of the US Navy and Marine Corps at the start of the twentieth century, 21st Century Knox does exactly ‘what it says on the tin’. Its editor is a historian in his own […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Dazzle: Disguise and disruption in war and art’ by J. Taylor

By David J. B. Smith

The paradox of camouflage has been intrinsically linked to strategic maritime warfare for centuries. Seaborne concealment of ancient naval vessels was largely achieved by a clever choice of hull colour while also incorporating dyed sails. By the age of steam, making smoke was always an opportunistic screen to hide behind – until the wind changed. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘Jutland 1916: The archaeology of a naval battlefield’ by I. McCartney

By Robert J.C. Mowat

In recent years Innes McCartney has been recognized as a leading exponent of underwater research, most notably into the wrecks of First World War warships and submarines within the North Sea and English Channel. His studies have characteristically combined the use of advanced techniques of underwater survey and technical diving with documentary and historical research […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review-‘Securing the Narrow Sea: The Dover Patrol 1914–1918’ by S. R. Dunn

By Alastair Wilson

Older readers may remember a board game called ‘Dover Patrol’ which they played with their friends on the playroom floor in days long past. Each side had a base to protect and a ‘fleet’ to attack the enemy or to defend one’s own ‘waters’. The different units of your ‘fleet’, represented by pieces of pasteboard […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea’ by J. Rüger

By W. Mark Hamilton

Author Jan Rüger has written a masterful history of a ‘rock’ in the North Sea, and in the process provided his readers with a fascinating account of Anglo-German relations. The ‘rock’ in question is the island of Heligoland, and in the author’s words it’s ‘an apt location from where to rethink the Anglo-German past’. Heligoland […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Law of Nations and Britain’s Quest for Naval Security International Law and Arms Control, 1898–1914’ by S. Keefer

By Richard Dunley

Historians and practitioners have long acknowledged the importance of international law to the actions of navies and others operating in the maritime sphere. Recent works focusing on the prewar and First World War period by historians such as Isabel Hull, in A Scrap of Paper (2014), Nicholas Lambert, in 2012’s Planning Armageddon, and John Coogan […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Freeing the Baltic’ by G. Bennett

By Steven Balbirnie

The author, Captain Geoffrey Bennett (1908–1983), served briefly as Britain’s naval attaché to Moscow after Stalin’s death in 1953. He published a number of naval histories upon his retirement, including studies of the First World War battles of Coronel and Jutland. This is the third edition of this book, which was originally published under the […] Read More

Filed under: Russian Revolution | Baltic | WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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