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19th Century, Age of Sail, Anti-Piracy, Book Reviews, First World War, General, Merchant Navy, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 11 June 2024

11 Jun 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers an edited volume, based on a 2019 symposium, exploring the history of the Channel Islands in Anglo-French relations.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Defence Industry, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Industry, Maritime Strategy, Merchant Navy, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Procurement, Sea Power
20 minutes, 10 seconds

The Submarine Service Whereto?

By Dan Conley,
30 May 24

Ed. The author reviews the post-Second World War developments in the Submarine Service, and considers the future challenges and prospects for the RN’s nuclear submarine force. A 20 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Battle of the Atlantic, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Communications, Europe, From the Archive, General, Joint Operations, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Merchant Navy, Naval Gunfire Support, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, Sea Power, Second World War, The Naval Review
13 minutes, 12 seconds

‘The Greatest Amphibious Operation in History’ (and a great naval bombardment)

By Cdr Michael Chichester RN,
24 May 24

Ed. From our archives for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, the Naval Review presents the first of a series of articles on Operation OVERLORD. This article, a retrospective on the preparations and naval bombardment from the perspective of Force E flagship HMS Belfast, was originally published in 1994 [82/2, p. 102], for the 50th Anniversary. A 15 minute read.

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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Second World War, Submarines
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Latest Book Review, 19 March 2024

19 Mar 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a 2021 reissue of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton’s 1974 book Crisis Convoy, providing an account of convoy HX.231, amidst the wider context of the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Convoy Operations, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Submarines
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Latest Book Review, 12 March 2024

12 Mar 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a reprint of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton’s 1964 memoir of his experiences in the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Arctic, Book Reviews, Convoy Operations, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 8 March 2024

08 Mar 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book providing an account of Arctic Convoy PQ18.

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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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