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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
10 minutes, 4 seconds

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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Admiralty, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Combined Arms, Communications, Convoy Operations, Europe, Joint Forces, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Morale, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Operational Planning, Russia, Second World War, Submarines, United States Navy
26 minutes, 54 seconds

Scattered to the Arctic Winds: The Tragedy of Convoy PQ17

By SLt James Shelley RN,
20 Feb 24

Ed. The author explores the PQ17 disaster, questioning First Sea Lord Dudley Pound’s decision to scatter the convoy in the face of Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine threats. The principles of mission command should have left the decision to the convoy commanders. A 25 minute read.

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Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 10 October

10 Oct 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book examining the experiences of the Merchant Navy in the Second World War, with the author being a retired merchant navy master himself.

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Book Reviews, General, Merchant Navy, Naval History, People, Second World War
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Latest Book Reviews, 5 September

05 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book reviews are now available. The two reviews both consider books by Robin Knight, one on Mike Cumberlege and his exploits in the Second World War, the other looks at those who were pupils at Pangbourne before joining the armed forces, particularly the Royal Navy.

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Air Power, Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Convoy Operations, Doctrine, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Second World War, Strategic Bombing, United States Navy
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Latest Book Reviews, 18 August

18 Aug 23

BRE. The latest book reviews are now available. One considers a reprint of a 1946 memoir of convoy and corvette operations in the Battle of the Atlantic. The other looks at the US approach the neutralisation of the Japanese bastion of Truk in the Pacific during the Second World War.

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Book Reviews, Convoy Operations, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Russia, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 4 August

04 Aug 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers the official Staff History of the Arctic Convoys with an added introduction by G H Bennett and foreword by Vice-Admiral Sir Simon Lister.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Strategic Bombing, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
16 minutes, 53 seconds

Malta and the Mediterranean Fleet, 1940-1943: A Dissenting Perspective

By ROGER PLUMTREE,
18 Jun 23

Ed. In his analysis of strategic lessons to be drawn from the Second World War [40/4. p. 432], Captain S. W. Roskill, RN, wrote, “It took much ‘sad experience’ to show that Malta could have been properly defended and could have been kept in use as a base.” Roger Plumtree reconsiders the Maltese narrow margin with the question in mind: was Roskill wrong? A 15 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 16 June

16 Jun 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It covers a book detailing the role and contribution of the Norwegian merchant fleet to the Allied war effort in the Second World War.

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Battle of the Atlantic, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, Doctrine, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Tactics, People, Trade Interdiction and Protection
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Leader/follower synergy: Escort group commanders and their subordinate ship commanders in the Battle of the Atlantic

By BRUCE PASCOE,
27 May 23

Ed. The author examines the leadership styles of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton, Captain Donald Macintyre, and Captain Frederick ‘Johnny’ Walker during their Battle of the Atlantic convoy commands. Cultivating a high degree of trust among well-trained officers and crews enabled battle-winning delegation and initiative to develop. A 40 minute read.

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