Archive Results For: WW2

Book Review-‘With the Royal Navy in Peace and War: O’er the dark blue sea’ by B. B. Schofield

By David Bowen

Born in 1895, Vice-Admiral B. B. Schofield first donned a naval uniform in 1908 when Britain’s empire, merchant navy and Royal Navy were at their apogee. It was an exciting time, one of great technical innovation; the era of the dreadnought, the submarine, torpedo and mine, precision gunnery, wireless, and aircraft. And it was a […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘British Cruiser Warfare: The lessons of the early war, 1939–1941’ by A. Raven

By Richard Cannon

Alan Raven is former editor of Combat Fleets, a ship-modeller and a prolific writer on the warships of the Second World War era, mainly but not exclusively British. Having in his previous books written extensively about their technicalities – construction, armament, propulsion etc., – in this book he has turned his attention to the cruisers’ […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Allied Coastal Forces, vol. 1: Fairmile Designs and US Submarine Chasers’ by J. Lambert and A. Ross

By Aidan Dodson

Before his death in 2016, John Lambert had published, in conjunction with Al Ross, two of the volumes of a planned trilogy on vessels of the Allied coastal forces, which appeared respectively in 1990 and 1993 from Conway Maritime Press; the third volume never appeared, although investigations are being made as to whether sufficient material […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Weapons

Book Review-‘British Naval Weapons of World War Two: The John Lambert Collection, vol. 1: Destroyer Weapons’ by N. Friedman (ed.)

By Aidan Dodson

John Lambert died in 2016, having produced a significant number of works on naval history, including an unfinished study of Allied coastal forces (the reprint of the first volume of which is reviewed in the present issue). His principal project still ‘on the stocks’ was an encyclopedia of weapons carried by British warships of destroyer […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Weapons

Book Review-‘The Dawn of the Carrier Strike: The world of Lieutenant W. P. Lucy dso rn’ by D. Hobbs

By David Bowen

This is a story of the hare and the tortoise. While the British hare started well ahead in the naval aviation race at the end of the First World War, political decisions and financial strictures undermined development so that by the Second World War it had been overtaken by the United States Navy (USN) tortoise, […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘The Battle of the Denmark Strait: A critical analysis of the ‘Bismarck’ ’s singular triumph’ by R. J. Winklareth

By Derek Law

Robert Winklareth is a mechanical engineer and professional technical analyst with particular expertise in military weapons systems. He first wrote about the battle of the Denmark Strait in 1998 in a book which received very mixed reviews and then produced this more definitive study in 2012. It is now reprinted in paperback some seven years […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Schnellboote: A complete operational history’ by L. Paterson

By David Bowen

Known sometimes as E-boats, these Schnellboote (fast boats) were deployed by the German navy in the Second World War and are properly called S-boats. They were small, fast, and agile motor torpedo boats. Lightweight and highly vulnerable, time and time again they relied on surprise, speed and audacity to punch hard. Readers will have encountered […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Book Review-‘‘No One Avoided Danger’: NAS Kaneohe Bay and the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941’ by J. M. Wenger, R. J. Cressman and J. F. Di Virgilio

By John T. Kuehn

This book is part of a series of works published by the Naval Institute Press to ‘fill [a] wide gap in military history by diving down to the lowest of levels of practical, personal, and tactical details’ (iii). Two of the three authors will be familiar to naval history audiences. Robert Cressman is a long-time […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Steamers at War: The story of the Clyde steamers in the Second World War’ by P. G. Herriot

By Martin Bellamy

Clyde steamers have had a loyal and avid following among enthusiasts and a great deal of research has been carried out and published by the members of the Clyde River Steamer Club. Until now, however, there has not been a publication that focuses on the steamers’ service during the Second World War. The research that […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

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

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