Ed. The Battle of Taranto of 11-12 November 1940 was an epoch defining event in the history of naval aviation and a decisive moment for the Fleet Air Arm. With the 83rd anniversary of the battle in mind, we reproduce here an American perspective on the Royal Navy’s pioneering development of aircraft carriers and the lessons for naval doctrine this history demonstrates. Originally published in July 1994 [82/3, p. 260]. A 30 minute read.
BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers Norman Friedman’s latest work on British Coastal Forces, and should be regarded as ‘the stand-out volume’.
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.
BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the construction of battlecruisers for the Royal Navy at John Brown’s Shipyard on the Clyde before and during the First World War.
Ed. The author considers the grand strategic temptation of seeking a flank to break the current, Huntingesque, East-West standoff. Engaging additional allies, or enemies, and perpetuating old conflicts worldwide has dangerous implications for the future of global stability. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.
BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers an edited volume examining the evolution of the tactics, doctrine and technology in the first half of the 20th century for naval operations at night.
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.
BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a forthcoming book (due to be published on 28 September) from Osprey on the German High Seas Fleet in the First World War.
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.