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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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Admiralty, Book Reviews, Civil-Military Relations, Naval History
0 minutes, 2 seconds

Latest Book Review, 19 September

19 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book examining the development of British navalism in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries, and the Royal Navy’s management of public relations in the Fisher era.

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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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Admiralty, Age of Sail, Deterrence, Diplomacy, General, Hybrid Warfare, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Service Culture, The Art of Admirality
6 minutes, 57 seconds

The Art of Admiralty and Liminal Advantage

By Lt Cdr Jonathan Wheale RN,
08 Sep 23

Ed. The author contemplates the implications of the ‘Art of Admiralty’, as explored in NR 111/3, for the mindset of the RN’s leadership as a cultural component of a maritime nation in today’s complex operating environment. A 5 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Communications, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Second World War, The Naval Review, United States Navy
24 minutes, 46 seconds

Learning to Learn: The Royal Navy in the Pacific, 1945

By Lt G D Franklin RN,
15 Aug 23

Ed. In July 1997 (NR 85/3, p. 202) Lt G D Franklin reviewed the experience of the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) in the war against Japan, observing that, although the valuable combat lessons paid dividends in Korea, by the time of the Falklands conflict they had seemingly been forgotten. Republished here for the 78th anniversary of VJ Day. A 25 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Doctrine, First World War, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, National Defence, Naval History, Operational Art, Second World War, Strategy
15 minutes, 45 seconds

The Admiralty and the ‘Art of Admiralty’

29 Jun 23

Ed. The author argues that the ‘art of Admiralty’ represents more than simply a debate over force structure or naval tactics, but instead embodies the cultural ethos of an island seapower state, and – crucially – the vehicle by which maritime thinking is cultivated and disseminated in government and to the broader population as a whole. A 15 minute read.

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Admiralty, General, Joint Operations, Leadership, Naval Staff, People, Professional Military Education, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future
28 minutes, 30 seconds

Meritocracy and A Royal Marine Route to First Sea Lord

13 Jun 23

Ed. The increasingly Joint and interservice nature of senior command raises fascinating possibilities regarding the career paths of future RN and RM officers. Through research and interviews the author asks, and answers, the question of what path a Royal Marine might follow to become First Sea Lord. A 30 minute read.

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Admiralty, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, Operational Art
2 minutes, 21 seconds

Nurturing Future Maritime Leaders

08 Jun 23

Ed. As Sir Richard Branson likes to say ‘invest in your people and they will invest in your business’ , the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre is on the case.

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Learning From The Past, Admiralty, Budgets and Finance, Defence Reviews, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, General, Historiography, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval History, People, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
0 minutes, 2 seconds

Rear Admiral James Goldrick, AO CSC Naval Review Archive

03 Jun 23

Ed. As a memorial and in tribute of his extensive contributions, the Digital and Editorial teams have compiled a complete archive of James Goldrick’s Naval Review letters, articles, reviews and eulogies.

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