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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Power, Armed Forces, Baltic, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Industrial Revolution, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Morale, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, The Naval Review
20 minutes, 54 seconds

The Nelson Touch: An Effects Based Approach?

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
21 Oct 23

Ed. For the bicentenary of Trafalgar Day in 2005, distinguished scholars and Naval Review members produced a series of articles on Nelson’s legacy for the 21st century [93/4, p. 320]. Professor Geoffrey Till provided the following comparison between the then emerging Effects Based Approach (EBA) and the illusive Nelson Touch. Reprinted here for the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. A 20 minute read.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Cold War, Fisheries, General, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 6 October

06 Oct 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the Royal Navy’s contribution to the fishery protection role from the 14th century to the present.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Historiography, Law, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, People, Service Culture, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Veterans
39 minutes, 6 seconds

The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (II)

By Cdre David Burns RN (rtd),
04 Oct 23

Ed. As a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, in the second article of a two-part series, the author examines how slavery, the law and conflict pushed black sailors into the Royal Navy before and after Trafalgar, and how those black sailors were treated. A 40 minute read.

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19th Century, Book Reviews, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Technology
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Latest Book Review, 22 September

22 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the development of torpedo-armed small warships in the Royal Navy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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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 to 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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19th Century, Age of Sail, Baltic, Book Reviews, Cold War, General, Geopolitics, Joint Expeditionary Force, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 12 September

12 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a volume exploring the naval relationship between the United Kingdom and Sweden over the past 500 years, and features contributions from a range of distinguished authors.

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19th Century, Book Reviews, First World War, Naval History, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 29 August

29 Aug 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a short book exploring the design and operation of the US Navy’s protected cruisers in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Air Power, Book Reviews, Indo-Pacific, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Second World War, Strategy
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Latest Book Reviews, 11 August

11 Aug 23

BRE. The latest book reviews are now available. One looks at the latest book by Brian Lavery on Royal yachts, the other looks at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea in March 1943.

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19th Century, Addressing Current Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Diplomacy, Engineering, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Military History, Operational Art, Operational Planning, Russia, Technology, Ukraine
7 minutes, 37 seconds

The New Hiatus in Warfare

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
21 Jul 23

Ed. General Sir Robert Fry reflects on the historical evolution of trench warfare during the First World War to demonstrate that, although post-modern technology may have improved in an absolute sense, the fundamental nature of a military stalemate necessitates awaiting the emergence of the next paradigm. Originally published by The Article, 13 July 2023 (https://www.thearticle.com/the-new-hiatus-in-warfare). A 10 minute read.

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