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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.