Archive Results For: WW1

Book review-‘RMS ‘Lusitania’: It Wasn’t & it Didn’t’ by M. Martin

By Alan W. Blackwood

Over the years a veritable plethora of books has been published, covering just about every conceivable aspect of the birth, life and death of this icon of maritime history. The elegance, the conspiracies and the darker side of the ship’s operation while under the so-called control of the Admiralty have all been dealt with in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Strategy & Diplomacy | Submarines

Book Review-‘The Pre-Dreadnought Revolution: Developing the bulwarks of sea power’ by W. Berry

By Robert J.C. Mowat

In the Victorian period, the Royal Navy faced a fundamental problem in its most serious form; that of reconciling the ‘out of area’ roles of colonial and trade protection, including survey work and the suppression of slavery, with the defence of ‘home waters’, most notably against the révanchist France of Napoleon III (1851–70). The additional […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | WW1 | Opium Wars | Crimean War
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

Book Review-‘R.H.N.S. ‘Averof’: Thunder in the Aegean’ by J. Carr

By Richard Dunley

It is fair to say that early twentieth century Greek naval history is a rather niche field, in the Anglophone historiography at least. Attention has naturally focused on the major navies of Britain, Germany and to a lesser extent the United States. Even those historians who have ventured further afield to consider developments in the […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review-‘A Shipyard at War: Unseen photographs from John Brown’s, Clydebank 1914−1918′ by Ian Johnston

By Emily Malcolm

First World War stories usually concern the vast destructions wrought by conflict – the loss of life, the ruination of landscape, and the crushing of hope. We tend to forget that the other major preoccupations of the war years were construction and production. These encompassed munitions, food and, as illustrated in Ian Johnston’s new book, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Dead Wake: The last crossing of the ‘Lusitania’by Erik Larson/Wilful Murder: The sinking of the ‘Lusitania’by Diana Preston/A Higher Form of Killing’ by Diana Preston/Lusitania’: An illustrated biography’by J. Kent Layton

By Martin Bellamy

A disaster always draws a crowd. As with the Titanic centenary in 2012, which saw a veritable plethora of Titanic-related books, both good and bad, the centenary of the sinking of Lusitania is also causing something of a publishing explosion. This includes a number of reissued centenary editions as well as some new works. The […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

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-‘Khaki Jack : The Royal Naval Division in the First World War’ by E. C. Colman

By Adam Prime

This book is possibly not regular fare for a reader of this journal, but it is the type of book which has been produced with increasing regularity since and the commencement of the centenary commemorations of the First World War in 2014. The Royal Naval Division (RND) came into being as the Admiralty realized there […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, tactics and technology’ by N. Friedman

By Steve Cobb

Readers with an interest in modern naval history will know of Friedman’s authorship of over 30 books, notably an eight-volume series on the design and development of US warship types, Fifty-Year War: Conflict and strategy in the Cold War (1999), and Network-centric Warfare: How navies learned to fight smarter through three World Wars (2009). Fighting […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy | Submarines | Weapons

Book Review-‘The Great War at Sea: A naval history of the First World War’ by L. Sondhaus

By Shawn Grimes

Two decades have passed since Paul Halpern’s A Naval History of World War One was published and became a corrective to the North Sea-centric studies fostered by Arthur Marder’s seminal work on the Royal Navy and the First World War. Now, with the conflict’s centenary, Lawrence Sondhaus has written an admirable successor with his The […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet: From mutiny to Scapa Flow’ by N. Jellico

By Eric Grove

Nicholas Jellicoe is the grandson of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. Over the last few years he has thrown himself with great enthusiasm into the naval history of the First World War and his grandfather’s major role in it. I met him in Blackpool eight years ago to give him advice on launching his […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

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