Author Results for Duncan Connors

Book Review: ‘From War to Peace: The conversion of naval vessels after two World Wars’ by N. Robbins

By Duncan Connors

As a young man this reviewer lived in Pennsylvania in the eastern United States and canoeing was his hobby. As time went on the rivers of Appalachia became familiar and so he searched farther afield for new adventures. One such location was Mallows Bay on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland opposite the […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review: ‘August Lasczky and Sons: Painters of Baltic ships’ by M. Jankiewcz-Brzostowska and P. Skanse,

By Duncan Connors

Today, if one were to research and look for an image of a particular merchant vessel, they would only have to go online. However, prior to the creation of the internet or indeed, the creation of the camera, shipping companies relied upon portraiture to promote their fleet. During the age of sail, when vessels were […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review: ‘Capitalism and the Sea: The maritime factor in the making of the modern world’ by L. Campling and A. Colás Verso; Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era: Contexts, companies, connections,’ N. P. Petersson, S. Tenold and N. J. White (eds),

By Duncan Connors

Capitalism and the Sea and Shipping and Globalisation in the Post-War Era are two distinct yet complementary texts which, when read together can enlighten the reader’s knowledge about the evolution and nature of sea-born commerce… Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review: ‘To Rule Eurasia’s Waves: The new great power competition at sea’ by G. F. Gresh,

By Duncan Connors

Since Napoleonic times experts have made naval and geopolitical predictions that have rarely come true. This can be seen comparatively recently in the widely speculative assessments of Soviet naval power between 1970 and 1990, which after the end of the Cold War were shown to be false. This extended review tackles a prediction by author […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Review:- ‘British Submarines in the Cold War Era, by N. Friedman

By Duncan Connors

Thirty years ago, an elderly man frequented a wine shop owned by the reviewer’s mother. From the Second World War up until a final tour on HMS Valiant 1970 he was an officer in the submarine branch. Upon receiving British Submarines in the Cold War Era by Norman Friedman, the reviewer was reminded of a […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Hitler’s Attack U-boats: The Kriegsmarine’s WWII Submarine Strike Force’ by J. P. Mallmann Showell,

By Duncan Connors

In 1986 economic historian Corelli Barnet promoted a hypothesis that the German economy was far stronger during the Second World War than appearances may suggest. While evidence does not back this up, German submarine production was, due in no small part to the organizational skills of Albert Speer and to the system of distributed manufacturing […] Read More

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