Archive Results For: WW2

Book Review-‘Taranto and Naval Air Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1940–1945’ by D. Hobbs

By David Bowen

During the Second World War the Mediterranean remained a strategic lifeline between Britain and the Suez Canal, and thence the oil fields of the Middle East and the resources and manpower of the British Empire. Yet in 1940 it presented a formidable obstacle; from the British base at Gibraltar to its base in Malta was […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘Warship Builders: An industrial history of naval shipbuilding, 1922–1945’ by T. Heinrich

By Evan Mawdsley

This wide-ranging book straddles a range of topics. It will be useful to informed general readers interested in warships and shipbuilding, as well as to economic historians considering the role of the state in wartime. The title (and subtitle) might have been more specific, as much the largest part of the book is about American […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars: Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover GCB KCVO CMG DSO’ by J. Crossley

By Derek Law

This is the first biography of Roger Keyes for some decades and fills a surprising gap in the literature. Keyes had a hugely successful career and was an archetypal son of the British Empire. Born in India in 1872, where his father was commander of the Punjab Frontier Force, he was one of nine children. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Biography

‘One Torpedo, One Ship’: An appraisal of Otto Kretschmer’s U-boat tactics, 1939–1941

By Michele Magnozzi

Otto Kretschmer was the most successful U-boat commander of the Second World War. While his wartime actions have been narrated several times, his tactics, summarized by the famous motto ‘one torpedo, one ship’, have never been systematically analysed. In this work, Kretschmer’s success is appraised through the analysis of the key characteristics of his attacks, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

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 – ‘U-boat Ace: The story of Wolfgang Lüth; Teddy Suhren Ace of Aces: Memoirs of a U-boat rebel; U-boat 977: The true story of the U-Boat that escaped to Argentina’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen

This is a small wolf pack of U-boat books which share a number of similarities. They all come from the Pen and Sword stable, share a high production quality and are new editions of works already published … Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Period | North Sea | WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Submarines

Book Review -‘Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime strategy, American empire and the transformation of US naval identity 1873–1998’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the United States navy was transformed. The ‘old navy’ of wooden cruisers devoted to constabulary duties and monitors to be mobilized for coast defence was transformed into a steel navy primarily organized for war. Its capabilities were demonstrated against Spain in 1898. This has traditionally been seen […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘The US Navy: A concise history’ by Johan Francke

By Johan Francke

In this concise history, Craig L. Symonds describes, among other issues, the role played by political decisions and political debate in the formation of the US Navy and, similarly, the influence of technological innovation. For the supporters of maritime policy, the importance of the navy was a matter of projecting state power and self-confidence. Others […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | American Revolution | Post WW2 | American Civil War | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review – ‘Blue Versus Purple: The US Naval War College, the Soviet Union, and the new enemy in the Pacific, 1946’ by Jonathan P. Klug

By Jonathan P. Klug

Most surveys of the Second World War mention pre-war planning efforts, especially the US planning efforts involving Orange, the American code name for Imperial Japan. While the various incarnations of War Plan Orange were important, the processes of planning and conducting war games were arguably even more important. For over 40 years US Naval War […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘Destroyer at War: The fighting life and loss of HMS ‘Havock’ from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean 1939–1942’; ‘A Hard Fought Ship: The story of HMS ‘Venomous’’ by Derek Law

By Derek Law

These two excellent books relate the stories of two Second World War destroyers. Havock was at the centre of the action from her commissioning and was almost worked to death after only five years of very active service, literally bursting at the seams. Venomous was also an active ship, but also a lucky ship, with a near 30-year […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘The Boat that Won the War: An illustrated history of the Higgins LCVP’ by John T. Kuehn

By John T. Kuehn

This book by Charles C. Roberts Jr. reminds one of a hard-copy, technical version of one of the Men-at-Arms series of books by Osprey, except that the hero here is not a man, but rather a small vessel, the Landing Craft Vehicle-Personnel, otherwise known to history as the ‘Higgins Boat’. This book is not an […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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