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19th Century, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, China, Cold War, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Industry, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Strategy, Ukraine
23 minutes, 38 seconds

‘Perfidious Albion’? – British foreign policy in an age of strategic choice

By Mid Joe Reilly RN,
21 Mar 24

Ed. With a clear-eyed appraisal of historical trends since the 19th century, the author argues that, contrary to alarmist concerns of retrenchment, Britain today has more room to maneuver as a strategic counter-weight than has been the case for the last 80 years. Awarded the RUSI Trench Gascoigne prize and originally published in the RUSI Journal. A 25 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Combined Arms, Communications, Doctrine, Education, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Language, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Military History, Ministry of Defence, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Professional Military Education, Seapower, Service Culture, Strategy, The Art of Admirality, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
18 minutes, 16 seconds

Seablindness and the Royal Navy after 1964

By Dr James W E Smith,
05 Mar 24

Ed. With his trademark dissection of the conventional wisdom, the author argues that the concept of ‘seablindness’ is merely window dressing for the fundamental misunderstanding of the principles of British national strategy that has manifested over the last 60 years. A 20 minute read.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Military History, Naval History, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 16 February 2024

16 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Andrew Lambert considers a book on the War of 1812, which ‘provides the ideal introduction to a complex, and much misunderstood conflict’.

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Age of Sail, 19th Century, Admiralty, Amphibious Operations, Baltic, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Crimean War, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, First World War, Force Structure, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Operational Art, Strategy, Technology
36 minutes, 20 seconds

The Royal Navy’s Baltic Assignments in the Crimean War (1854-55) and in the Russian Civil War (1918-1920) – Operational and Technological Insights

By Anniki Mikelsaar,
02 Feb 24

Ed. The author examines the importance of cultivating clear strategy and deploying balanced fleets in the Baltic operations of the Crimean War and Russian Civil War. In both cases the Royal Navy was engaged blockading enemy ports and striking at their harbours, frequently without direct orders from London, and with profound consequences for the national consciousness of the region. The parallels for today’s littoral operations in the Baltic and Black Sea are obvious. A 40 minute read.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 9 January 2024

09 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers the latest edition of The Trafalgar Chronicle, the Journal of the 1805 Club.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Amphibious Operations, Blockade, Combined Arms, Diplomacy, Europe, From the Archive, Joint Operations, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Sea Power, The Naval Review
28 minutes, 30 seconds

The Royal Navy and the Peninsular War

By Col Nick Lipscombe,
29 Dec 23

Ed. The Royal Navy not only logistically enabled Wellington’s campaigns during the Peninsular War, but also acted as a force-multiplier during the critical operations at Cadiz, Lisbon and elsewhere. Originally published in 2010 [98/4, p. 385]. A 30 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, People, Service Culture
10 minutes, 7 seconds

The Origins of Trafalgar Night and Pickle Night

By Peter Hore,
15 Dec 23

Ed. The expert author explores the centuries-old history of Trafalgar Night celebrations, and the rather more recent Pickle Night tradition. A 10 minute read.

 

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19th Century, Battle of the Atlantic, Cold War, Crimean War, Falklands War, First World War, Force Structure, General, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Seapower, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 8 December

08 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It revisits Eric Grove’s 2005 The Royal Navy Since 1815Whilst the book has been previously reviewed, new perspectives on important books are always welcome.

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19th Century, Dockyards & Ports, First World War, General, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Victualing
23 minutes, 28 seconds

Battleship Provisioning in the age of the Dreadnought: Some answers and clarification

By Roger Plumtree,
15 Nov 23

Ed. The author expands on Lt Cdr Lester May’s research concerning the victualling of a Dreadnought-class warship at the beginning of the 20th century. The proliferation of commodities supplied representing without doubt a vast logistical undertaking. A 25 minute read.

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