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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, American Revolution, Book Reviews, Naval History, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 2 February 2024

02 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the maritime aspects of the American Revolutionary War.

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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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Addressing Current Reality, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, BRNC, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Joint Forces, Law, People, Second World War, Service Culture, Women
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The Combat Exemption Act: Are we ready to accept women in combat roles?

By OC Phoebe Freeman,
31 Jan 24

Ed. In the first of a series of articles by BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, the author examines the continuing challenges of women acting in combat roles. A look at the history demonstrates that the press of mobilization often requires abandoning long-held social conventions. The government and media have a responsibility to do more to reach the goals for female enlistment. A 10 minute read.

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Service Culture, Age of Sail, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, General, Joint Forces, Leadership, People, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Training, Uruguay
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From Falmouth to Montevideo: A Voyage on Uruguayan Navy Tall Ship Capitán Miranda

By SLt William Parker RN,
26 Jan 24

Ed. Our correspondent draws lessons from his time sailing with the Uruguayan Navy aboard the schooner Capitán Miranda, with a Joint mission of training future officers in seamanship and conducting naval diplomacy around the globe. A 10 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Naval History, People, Slave Trade
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Latest Book Review, 12 January 2024

12 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring and responding to claims that Nelson was linked to the slave trade.

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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
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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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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, China, Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Military History, Naval History, Sea Power
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Latest Book Review, 12 December

12 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the premodern history of great power conflicts along the maritime silk road, stretching from the Mediterranean to the shores of Japan, in order to help inform understanding of the current geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific.

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