Author Results for Derek G. Law

Book Review:- ‘Warship 2023’ by J. Jordan (ed.)

By Derek G. Law

Warship began its long life as a quarterly journal in 1977 and became an annual hardback publication in 1979. Since 2004 it has been edited by John Jordan and has steadily produced a broad and eclectic mix of articles on the design, development, and fate of combat ships from a huge range of authors. This […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Review: ‘Royal Yachts Under Sail’ by B. Lavery

By Derek G. Law

Brian Lavery is one of our most distinguished naval historians and a new book from him therefore comes with a great burden of expectation. And that expectation is wholly met in this case. This is a large-sized book packed with well over 100 beautifully reproduced illustrations which can only be defined as sumptuous. But it […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review: ‘Running the Gauntlet: Cargo liners under fire 1939–1945’ by B. Edwards

By Derek G. Law

Now in his mid-90s, Bernard Edwards is a prolific author with over 30 titles to his name, mainly focused on the experience of the Merchant Navy in the Second World War. Born in Newport in Wales in 1926 he went to sea as a merchant navy cadet in 1944 and spent some 37 years at […] Read More

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

Book Review: ‘Knight of the North Atlantic: Baron Siegfried von Forstner and the War Patrols of ‘U-402’, 1941–1943’ by A. S. Hamilton

By Derek G. Law

At first sight this is the biography of yet another little-known but very successful U-boat commander which sets out his life and naval career and describes the eight patrols he conducted before U-402 was sunk with all hands in 1943. As dozens of books about the Second World War continue to be churned out each […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Submarines

Review:- ‘A History of the Modern Chinese Navy, 1840–2020 (Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia)’ by B. A. Elleman, Routledge,

By Derek G. Law

Bruce A. Elleman is the William V. Pratt Professor of International History at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and has a long and distinguished track record of publication on Chinese naval history. This is then a very timely book given the current prominence of China in international affairs. It gives a […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Total Undersea War: The evolutionary role of the snorkel in Dönitz’s U-boat fleet 1944–1945’ by A. S. Hamilton

By Derek G. Law

This is a well-produced and hefty – in all senses – book which gives a detailed technical account of the development of the snorkel and argues persuasively that it was a revolutionary technology whose impact in the closing period of the Second World War has been denied or overlooked by historians. Hamilton is a previously […] Read More

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

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-‘Learning War: The evolution of fighting doctrine in the US Navy, 1898–1945’ by T. Hone

By Derek G. Law

Trent Hone is an established author with several published works on the development of the modern US Navy (USN). This new book brings fresh and original lateral thinking on how the USN faced the challenges of learning how to fight, particularly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The traditional view of how the USN […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: 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