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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Hybrid Warfare, Industry, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Surveillance, Technology, Ukraine
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Is the hiatus in warfare about to end?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
23 Feb 24

Ed. The author surveys recent drone warfare developments in Ukraine, pointing to the tactically revolutionary, but strategically not yet decisive, technological horizon. Russia and Ukraine will continue to seek marginal advantages in the attrition battle as both sides re-arm and await the spring. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Military History, Naval History, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 16 February 2024

16 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Andrew Lambert considers a book on the War of 1812, which ‘provides the ideal introduction to a complex, and much misunderstood conflict’.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Language, Leadership, Military History, Morale, People, Political Science, Service Culture
8 minutes, 34 seconds

Defence, diversity and disbelief

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
15 Feb 24

Ed. The author criticises the current state of public discourse concerning diversity in the Armed Forces, citing examples from history to demonstrate that merit must be foundational for leadership in the Services. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Afghanistan, Civil-Military Relations, Command & Control, Communications, First World War, General, Geopolitics, Global War on Terrorism, Israel, Language, Leadership, Middle East, Military History, Operational Art, Strategy
7 minutes, 34 seconds

The language of war

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
05 Feb 24

Ed. General Rob Fry grapples with the difficulty of defining realistic military objectives when crafting strategy, given the propensity for the leadership of pluralistic democracies to lean on hyperbole and unlimited outcomes. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

 

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Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Cold War, Combined Arms, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, General, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Service Culture
47 minutes, 41 seconds

‘Too Shallow for a Ship’, Reviews and comment on Lt Col Cripsin Black’s book ‘Too Thin for a Shroud’

By Maj Gen Julian Thompson, RAdm Jeremy Larken, Lt Col Ewen Southby-Tailyour, Maj Shane Cusack, Col Mark Waring, Col Ivar Hellberg, Brig David Chaundler,
10 Jan 24

Ed. ‘NIHL RHYFEL’

In Spring 2023, Lt Col Cripsin Black’s book Too Thin for a Shroud was published. In it he defends robustly 5 Bde’s C2 and the Welsh Guards’ who were still on board the LSLs RFA Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram on 8 June 1982 when they were attacked by the Argentinian Air Force during the Falklands conflict. Over 40 years after the event the opportunity for many, both Green and Navy Blue involved in these events no longer exists, however, the authors of the following  article layout the reasons why they seriously disagree with the book’s suggestions. The Naval Review is an ideal place to hold this rebuttal on record for the benefit of those that wish to study Operation CORPORATE, Amphibious Operations and the fog of war (nihl rhyfel). The following is a review essay dissecting Black’s claims. A 50 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Amphibious Operations, Blockade, Combined Arms, Diplomacy, Europe, From the Archive, Joint Operations, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Sea Power, The Naval Review
28 minutes, 30 seconds

The Royal Navy and the Peninsular War

By Col Nick Lipscombe,
29 Dec 23

Ed. The Royal Navy not only logistically enabled Wellington’s campaigns during the Peninsular War, but also acted as a force-multiplier during the critical operations at Cadiz, Lisbon and elsewhere. Originally published in 2010 [98/4, p. 385]. A 30 minute read.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Conflict Resolution, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval Engineering, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Royal Air Force, Service Culture, Strategic Bombing, The Naval Review
27 minutes, 48 seconds

The Destruction and Salvage of Zeppelin L70

By Dr Douglas H Robinson,
22 Dec 23

Ed. Originally published in 1963 [51/4, p. 430] as a reprint from Cross & Cockade magazine, the author provided a fascinating retelling of the final flight of Peter Strasser, the iconoclastic chief of Imperial Germany’s Naval Airships, who refused to recognize that by August 1918 British air defences had doomed the Zeppelins to military obsolescence. A 30 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, China, Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Military History, Naval History, Sea Power
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Latest Book Review, 12 December

12 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the premodern history of great power conflicts along the maritime silk road, stretching from the Mediterranean to the shores of Japan, in order to help inform understanding of the current geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific.

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Book Reviews, General, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Military History, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 5 December

05 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book examining the post-Second World War development of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, and given growing UK-Japan relations, is particularly timely.

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