Archive Results For: WW2

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

Book Review – ‘Naval Warfare: A global history’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

I have to admit to have been putting off reading and reviewing this book; I am grateful to the reviews editor for his forbearance. The reason is that I know, like and admire Professor Jeremy Black of Exeter University, one of the most prolific serious historical authors in the world with more than a hundred […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Post WW2 | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies | Submarines

Book Review – ‘The Victoria Cross Wars: Battles, campaigns and conflicts of all the VC heroes’ by Adam Prime

By Adam Prime

This is not the first book to be concerned with the Victoria Cross nor will it be the last, the acts of bravery which are recognized by the award continue to captivate those interested in military history. What sets this book apart from the others is that it offers insight into every war in which […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Crimean War | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Navies

Book Review – ‘Wartime Standard Ships’ by Norman Friedman

By Norman Friedman

Standardized merchant ships, particularly the Liberties, contributed enormously both to Allied victory in the Second World War and to post-war recovery. This is the first book to gather together the emergency shipbuilding programmes of the major combatants, making it possible for the reader to contrast the different approaches taken. Author Nick Robins describes the First […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘British Town Class Cruisers: Design, development and performance, Southampton and Belfast classes’ by C. Waters

By Aidan Dodson

Between 1937 and 1939 the Royal Navy commissioned ten cruisers armed with a dozen 6-inch guns and named after British cities. Originally to be named after mythological beings and dubbed the Minotaur class, they then became the Southampton and ‘Improved Southampton’/Belfast classes but, especially after the loss of the name-ship, have regularly been dubbed the […] Read More

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

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