Archive Results For: WW2

Book Review-‘Dazzle: Disguise and disruption in war and art’ by J. Taylor

By David J. B. Smith

The paradox of camouflage has been intrinsically linked to strategic maritime warfare for centuries. Seaborne concealment of ancient naval vessels was largely achieved by a clever choice of hull colour while also incorporating dyed sails. By the age of steam, making smoke was always an opportunistic screen to hide behind – until the wind changed. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘Firing on Fortress Europe: HMS ‘Belfast’ at D-Day’ by N. Hewitt

By David Bowen

‘That straight-shooting ship’ was how an American admiral described HMS Belfast. This book describes her contribution to Operation Overlord in 1944. A cruiser of 11,500 tons with 12 6-inch and 12 4-inch guns, she provided heavy bombardment in support of the landings from the very start of D-day and remained on station just off the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Weapons

Book Review-‘Enigma: The untold story of the secret capture’ by D. Balme ed. by P. Hore

By Eric C. Rust

Anyone even vaguely familiar with the Battle of the Atlantic knows the story of U110. The boat’s capture on 9 May 1941, by an armed boarding party under 20-year old Sub-lieutenant David E. Balme of the destroyer HMS Bulldog, produced an unparalleled cryptanalytic bonanza for the British code-breakers at Bletchley Park that changed the trajectory […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters: Linchpin of victory 1935–1942’ byA. Boyd

By Norman Friedman

This is a very important book for our understanding of the Second World War and of the Royal Navy’s part in it. It is revisionist history in the best sense: a thorough look back at archival material and a careful rethink which turns accepted historical wisdom on its head. Even better, it makes much better […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2 | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea’ by J. Rüger

By W. Mark Hamilton

Author Jan Rüger has written a masterful history of a ‘rock’ in the North Sea, and in the process provided his readers with a fascinating account of Anglo-German relations. The ‘rock’ in question is the island of Heligoland, and in the author’s words it’s ‘an apt location from where to rethink the Anglo-German past’. Heligoland […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944–1945’ by W. Heinrichs and M. Gallicchio

By David Hobbs

The focus of this book is on military operations in what became the final year of the Pacific War, from the late spring of 1944 until the Japanese surrender in August 1945. For much of this time the United States’ Joint Chiefs of Staff had to assume that fighting would continue into 1946, and that […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Towards a Wider War: British strategic decision-making and military effectiveness in Scandinavia, 1939–40’ by J. Moretz

By Derek G. Law

Typically, the Phoney War of 1939–40 is covered in a few sentences, before histories get on to the more serious business of the German assault in the west in 1940. This book, however covers the period leading to war and the first nine months of that war in great detail in a substantial and very […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-’21st Century Corbett: Maritime strategy and naval policy for the modern era’ ed. by Andrew Lambert

By Richard Harding

There will be few readers who do not know the name Sir Julian Stafford Corbett (1854–1922). He was one of the most influential civilian writers on maritime strategy in the early years of the twentieth century. Trained as a lawyer, extremely well connected and wealthy, he as able to devote himself to the study of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy: A history since 1900’ by Duncan Redford and Philip D. Grove

By Jeremy Black

This is a largely successful and scholarly narrative of British naval history since 1900, albeit one marred by the poor production values of the publisher. However, the chronological approach poses disadvantages. By taking such an approach, the authors make it is less easy to probe continuities and discontinuities in geopolitical challenges, technological issues, and political […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘A History of the Royal Navy: World War II’ by Duncan Redford

By John Rodgaard

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has produced three chronologically themed books covering the Royal Navy from the sailing era to the twentieth century. In addition to the three, the NMRN has produced several slightly smaller histories each covering a specific war within the three main themes. This book by Duncan Redford is […] Read More

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

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