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Letter to the Editor: If No One Speaks No One Hears

By Rob Forsyth,
29 Sep 23

Ed. The author takes to task the combination of factors, personnel and hull numbers in particular, that have strained the Submarine Service to meet the demands of ever increasing global commitments.

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Book Reviews, Force Structure, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 29 September

29 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the fate of the battleship after the Second World War, focusing on the strategic, operational and political factors that led to their decline and eventual fall.

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Air Power, Armed Forces, Carrier Strike Group, Doctrine, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Joint Operations, Letters, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Service Culture
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Letter to the Editor: Aircraft Carriers

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
26 Sep 23

Ed. The author revisits the old chestnut of FAA control: should naval aviation, vital to the RN’s strike group doctrine, reside under RAF or RN control?

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19th Century, Admiralty, Anglo-Zulu War, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Crimean War, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Military History, Naval History, Second Boer War, The Naval Brigades
18 minutes, 26 seconds

The Naval Brigades, Part 4: Manning the Drags – The Second Boer War and lessons for the present

By Lt Jim Robson RN,
22 Sep 23

Ed. The conclusion of the author’s four-part series on the RN’s Naval Brigades, examining here their conduct in the Second Boer War, 1899-1902. The author continues his comparative analysis with respect to the Army, which by the beginning of the 20th century had closed the gap with the RN in terms of professionalism and capability. A 20 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, First World War, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Joint Operations, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Second World War, Strategy, Ukraine
7 minutes, 6 seconds

British Strategy: is it August 1911 all over again?

By Gen Robert Fry (rtd),
19 Sep 23

Ed. The author argues that Britain’s current grand strategy has the hallmarks of uncertainty, having not yet settled on a strictly continentalist or purely maritime strategy one way or the other. If the Armed Forces are to be deployed effectively, it is imperative that clarity replace the current strategic ambiguity. Originally published in The Article. A 5 minute read.

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Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Defence, Air Power, Battle of Britain, Combined Arms, Europe, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Royal Air Force, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review
13 minutes, 37 seconds

The Whale and the Albatross

By Andrew Gordon,
15 Sep 23

Ed. Sixteen years ago, in response to a History Today article for the 66th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Rules of the Game author Andrew Gordon examined the question of the strategic significance of the air battle (in which FAA pilots took part), and emphasized the RN’s role in stopping the German invasion before it could begin. Republished here from NR 95/1 for the 83rd anniversary of the Battle. A 15 minute read.

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