Author Results for David Bowen

Book Review:- ‘The Petrol Navy: British, American and other motor boats at war 1914–1920’ by S. R. Dunn

By David Bowen

Think of motorboats at war in the twentieth century and most of us would visualize the exploits and characteristics of the E-boats, motor torpedo boats (MTBs), and patrol torpedo boats (PTs) of the Second World War. It is therefore surprising to discover that these in fact had their genesis in the petrol-powered fast and light […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Weapons

Review: ‘Out of the Depths: A history of shipwrecks’ by A. G. Jamieson

By David Bowen

It is estimated that there have been 3 million shipwrecks spanning a period of 4,000 years, and that only 1 per cent have been discovered, mostly over the last 60 years. Can this author, or any author indeed, relate ‘their significance and … the developments over the last sixty years that have made detailed study of those … shipwrecks […] Read More

Filed under: Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Science & Exploration

Review: ‘Samuel Pepys and the Strange Wrecking of the ‘Gloucester’: A true Restoration tragedy’ by N. Pickford,

By David Bowen

The North Sea is a shallow but unforgiving sea, susceptible to violent and unpredictable weather, poor visibility, and beset with shifting shallows, nowhere more so than the vicinity of the North Norfolk Sandbanks and particularly the inner two called the Leman and the Ower. Dawn on 6 May 1682 revealed this sea at its worst, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Review : ‘The Power and the Glory: Royal Navy Fleet Reviews from earliest times to 2005’ by S. Dunn,

By David Bowen

For the purposes of this book the author defines a Royal Navy Fleet Review as ‘a gathering of ships of the Royal Navy in honour of, and to be observed by, the reigning monarch or his or her representative,’ and he identifies 54 such reviews from 1346 to 2005. In describing each of these and […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Weapons

Book Review: ‘Years of Endurance: Life aboard the battlecruiser ‘Tiger’ 1914–16’ by J. R. Muir

By David Bowen

The voice of the author speaks to us across nearly a century as he recounts his previous naval service during the First World War as a medical officer, principally his two years on the battlecruiser HMS Tiger where he experienced first-hand the Dogger Bank action in 1915 and the Jutland battle in 1916. This new […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review: ‘Abandon Ship: The real story of the sinkings in the Falklands War’ by P. Brown,

By David Bowen

In this anniversary year of the Falklands war, our minds turn to the details of that conflict. But do we know all the facts? We of course knew of the sinkings as and when they actually happened, and understood the patent circumstances. But this book demonstrates that until its publication we have not heard the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘British Naval Intelligence Through the Twentieth Century’ by A. Boyd

By David Bowen

This book comes off the press with a fanfare of praise from leading historians. Its publication is quite simply a major event. It will single-handedly stimulate our greater interest and deeper understanding of naval events of the last century. It will inform the serious study of the academic, yet reward and delight a wider readership.. Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘How Carriers Fought’ by L. Celander

By David Bowen

While the tentative naval aerial operations of the First World War and the next two decades’ experiments and exercises had embedded the concept of sea-borne aviation, and even though steps had been taken by three major naval powers to equip their navies and devise potential tactics, it was only during the furious, testing years of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation

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-‘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-‘Against the Tide: Rickover’s leadership principles and the rise of the nuclear navy’ by D. Oliver

By David Bowen

The United States Submarine Nautilus was the Dreadnought of the nuclear age; when she was launched on 21 January 1954 she transformed the naval world in an instant. For here was the first ever nuclear-powered submarine and her mighty offspring would forever change the dynamics of sea power. This was a true submarine, capable of […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Southern Thunder: The Royal Navy and the Scandinavian trade in World War One’ by S. R. Dunn

By David Bowen

Standing on the shores of the North Sea in a typical winter gale presents a bleak and forbidding prospect. It is sobering to consider that for the four years of the First World War this was a battleground where the warring nations committed their navies to a bitter and relentless struggle in order to wrest […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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-‘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-‘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-‘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-‘Cold War Command: The dramatic story of a nuclear submariner’ by Richard Woodman and Dan Conley

By David Bowen

This is the story of the service career of Captain Dan Conley written with the assistance of the historian and author Captain Richard Woodman. Conley’s career spanned the transition of the Submarine Service from the simple, cramped, hard-pressed and hard-worked Second World War vintage diesel submersibles to the state-of-the-art, nuclear-powered, true submarines. This transformation was […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the longest campaign of the Second World War’ by M. Faulkner and C. M. Bell (eds)

By David Bowen

In the opening words of the editors, the book ‘seeks to highlight the complexity of the Battle of the Atlantic by reassessing its place within Allied grand strategy and by examining some of its lesser-known aspects. While the general narrative of the campaign and many of its facets are well known, much remains to be […] Read More

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