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Arctic, BRNC, Doctrine, Environment, Equipment Capability, General, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, NATO, Naval Platforms, Oceanography, Piracy, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Submarines, Trade Interdiction and Protection
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Russia’s Arctic superiority: Is it too late for the Royal Navy?

By OC Finley McDonald,
21 Feb 24

Ed. The fourth article in our series from BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, here the author considers the potential implications for world trade as the Arctic sea routes become increasingly viable. The Royal Navy has a role to play, but faces strategic diversions that marginalize the development of a long-term Arctic strategy. A 10 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Merchant Marine, Naval History, Russia, Sea Power
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Latest Book Review, 1 December

01 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers the third volume of a series exploring the development of warships of the Soviet fleets during the Second World War.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, Falklands War, First World War, History of Science, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
28 minutes, 20 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939- 1945, and Historic Maritime Operational Research – III & IV

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
21 May 23

Ed. David Waters concluded his 1995-1996 series of reflections on the Battle of the Atlantic [84/2 & 84/3] by returning to the question of convoy ‘laws’ and his concern that ideological assumptions and abstract thought concerning future operations would once again take precedence over the scientific conclusions he had reached forty years before. A 25 minute read.

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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, First World War, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Operational Art, Operational Research, Second World War, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
18 minutes, 4 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 – II

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
14 May 23

Ed. In this second instalment of his reflections on the Battle of the Atlantic [84/1, p. 68], former Naval Staff historian David Waters, wary of the pernicious abuses of language so frequent in military affairs, asked the difficult question of why the convoy lessons of the First World War were not learnt before the Second. Republished here as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 20 minute read.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, First World War, Historiography, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
12 minutes, 44 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 and Historical Maritime Operational Research (I)

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
06 May 23

Ed. In 1995 staff historian David Waters began publishing in the NR [83/4, p. 349] a series of commentaries on the Battle of the Atlantic, a subject he had mastered while working on The Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping (1957). He was inspired in this case by the renewed naval history discourse, evident in a review of S. Howarth and D. Law, eds., The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945 (1994), the International Naval Conference on the battle held in Liverpool in 1993, and related writings in the NR [83/1, p. 84 & 83/2, p. 159]. Republished here as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 15 minute read.

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Second World War, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Strategic Bombing, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, United States Navy
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The Merchant Navy Is Our Jugular Vein

By ADMIRAL SIR FREDERIC C. DREYER, GBE, KCB,
12 Apr 23

Ed. In a June 1946 article for the Commonwealth and Empire Review, Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer detailed the vital importance of anti-submarine warfare for the protection of Britain’s merchant shipping. An expanded version of the article was published in the NR [34/3, p. 243], with Admiral Dreyer taking to task the ‘bomber mafia’ who had favoured the strategic destruction of Germany over the imperative to protect Britain’s convoy lifelines. Admiral Dreyer’s article is republished here as part of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 20 minute read.

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Book Reviews, First World War, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, Military History, Naval History, Second World War, Strategy
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Book Reviews, 7 March

07 Mar 23

The latest book reviews have been published, covering the development of French naval policy between 1870 and 1918, and the Ocean-class […]

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