Author Results for Richard Harding

Book Review-‘ Mastermind of Dunkirk and D-Day: The vision of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay’ by B. Izzard,

By Richard Harding

Writing a biography of Bertram Ramsay is never going to be easy. Ramsay played a vital role in the most significant amphibious operations in the European theatre during the Second World War. From Dunkirk in 1940 to the opening of the Scheldt in November 1944 Ramsay was a key directing and co-ordinating figure. At the […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Soltando amarras: La costa noratlántica ibérica en la Edad Moderna’ by M. Garcia Hurtado

By Richard Harding

Over the last 70 years the decline of fishing and the heavy maritime industries has hit many of the coastal regions of Europe extremely hard. Some local and national governments, looking to stimulate new investment, have supported a wide range of cultural projects. One of the beneficiaries of this policy is maritime history. Those declining […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Red Crew: Fighting the war on drugs with Reagan’s Coast Guard’ by J. Howe

By Richard Harding

In the early 1980s the Reagan administration was faced by a problem of border control on its south-eastern maritime frontier. Drug smuggling was causing serious concern as seizures rose dramatically in the late 1970s, indicating a rising trend in the traffic. People smuggling, particularly from Haiti, was also ringing alarm bells. In 1981 a permanent […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

Book Review-‘Naval Advising and Assistance: History, challenges and analysis’ by D. Stoker and M. T. McMaster (eds)

By Richard Harding

The recent interest in asymmetric warfare is a reminder that the means of conflict are constantly changing. Operations short of formal warfare are constant and in flux as opportunities arise and are exploited. Nations are constantly preparing for escalation, hedging against it by seeking new avenues to advance their interests and making preparations to shape […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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-‘Gibraltar: The greatest siege in British history’ by R. and L. Adkin

By Richard Harding

The end of the American War of Independence in 1783 left Britons with few reasons to feel anything other than relief that the conflict was over. Although a Franco-Spanish invasion attempt in 1779 had been defeated, and Rodney had won a tremendous victory at the Saintes in April 1782, most of the North American colonies […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review- ‘Britain’s Last Invasion: The battle of Fishguard 1797’ by P. Carridice

By Richard Harding

Invasions from the sea take many forms. From small raids in pursuit of plunder and destruction to major mechanized armies fulfilling the strategic potential of sea power. Most can be assumed to be undertaken with a clear understanding of the relationship between their means and their objective. Seldom are huge risks taken with lives and […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review – ‘British Naval Captains of the Seven Years’ War: The view from the quarterdeck’ by A. B. McLeod

By Richard Harding

For any aspirant officer entering the Royal Navy in the mid-eighteenth century command of his own ship provided a vision of a future wealth, or at the very least the promise of an honourable and secure retirement. The key to this was to achieve post rank – the command of a Sixth Rate 20-gun ship […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration

The Society Annual Lecture 2010: Organizational Life Cycles, the SNR and Maritime History

By Richard Harding

This is a study of the Society’s history during its first century, and its relationship to maritime history explored using the metaphor of a biological life cycle. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Miscellaneous

The Society for Nautical Research: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

By Richard Harding

This article is a reflection on the past achievements of the Society and how the changing context of international maritime history presents it with questions and opportunities. The conditions that enabled the Society to take a pre-eminent role in establishing both public and academic maritime history in the first fifty years of the twentieth century […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

The Society for Nautical Research: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

By Richard Harding

The author reminds the reader of the role of the Society during the 20th century. Founded by educated laymen, antiquarians and amateur historians, the Society also incorporated professional historians. After Sir James Caird’s death the Society no longer had access to unlimited funds, so the Society supported rather than lead the great ship projects such […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Obituary: Professor David Syrett

By Richard Harding

A specialist in both the naval history of the eighteenth century and the war against the U boats of the Second World War, Syrett was a lively teacher and an important researcher. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Learning from the War: the Development of British Amphibious Capability 1919-29

By Richard Harding

Interservice relationships in the inter-war years did not lead to a shared experience of amphibious landings. The words used to describe the events at Gallipoli were contested bitterly, and the lessons there to be learned from the BEF in the First war were dismissed. Despite this some elements of good practice remained, and in the […] Read More

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