Archive Results For: WW2

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

Book Review-‘Anatomy of the Ship: The battleship USS ‘Iowa’’ by S. Draminski

By David Bowen

Commissioned in 1943, the United States Ship Iowa was the lead ship of a class of six that were destined to be the very last US battleships; indeed only four of the class were subsequently built. Formidably armed, well armoured and handsome, they were the fastest battleships ever built, with a maximum speed of 33 […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘The Longest Campaign: Britain’s maritime struggle in the Atlantic and northwest Europe, 1939–1945’ by B. E. Walter

By Derek Law

Brian Walter is a retired army officer and has researched military history for many years. His new history takes a rather different approach to the already huge literature on the Royal Navy’s war against Germany. It employs a conventional chronological structure but is rather more than a straightforward history of events. It is full of […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘From Hunter to Hunted: The U-Boat war in the Atlantic, 1939–1943’ by B. Edwards


Battle of the Atlantic literature is mature, or perhaps to borrow a term from obstetrics, post-mature. In the beginning were the staff and official histories, written by those with expert knowledge and, sometimes, direct experience: staff histories did not see the general light of day for several decades and the key official history from the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Submarines | Weapons

Book Review-‘Seven at Santa Cruz’ by T. Edwards

By Eric Grove

A book with the subtitle ‘The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’ might seem an odd one for The Mariner’s Mirror but nothing can be further from the truth. During the twentieth century, the air dimension of maritime operations grew to be of central importance. Understanding the aviation dimension has become key to researching […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘How Carriers Fought: Carrier operations in WWII’ by L. Celander

By Ben Jones

The key objective of this book is to present an understanding of how carrier battles were conducted during the Second World War. By the author’s admission, it is written ‘from the perspective of a commander, a tactician, a system’s engineer or an analyst, not a traditional historian’. (p.vii). In what sets the scene for this […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘This Is No Drill: The history of NAS Pearl Harbor and the Japanese attacks of 7 December 1941’ by J. M. Wenger,

By Andrew Choong

This Is No Drill is the second volume of the Pearl Harbor Tactical Studies Series published by the Naval Institute Press. Where the first focused on the experience of the naval air station at Kaneohe Bay on the eastern side of O’ahu, this book shifts the attention to the other main naval airbase on Ford […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Castaways of the Kriegsmarine’ by D. Nudd

By Innes McCartney

This book examines the survivors of five vessels of the Kriegsmarine as the British shifted them through the interrogation process after capture. All were sunk in late 1943 and early 1944, a period of intense activity for the naval team at Combined Services Detailed Intelligence Centre (CSDIC). Whereas the use of stool pigeons, secret recordings […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve ‘They Are Marines’: Uniforms and equipment in WorldWar II’ by J. Moran

By David F. Winkler

The United States Marine Corps has a mantra ‘First to Fight.’ They are also ‘Last to Adapt’ having been traditionally resistant to societal changes. Reportedly, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, who just retired as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the sole service head to oppose […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘They Were Just Skulls: The naval career of Fred Henley, last survivor of HM Submarine‘Truculent’ ‘ by J. Johnson-Allen

By R.R. Channon

The title of this book may appear somewhat sensationalist, but is entirely appropriate to the most traumatic experience of Fred’s long life, of which more below. As the last living survivor of the tragic sinking of the Truculent he has had celebrity thrust upon him at the age of 94, but has retained the memory […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Submarines

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