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19th Century, Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 9 January 2024

09 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers the latest edition of The Trafalgar Chronicle, the Journal of the 1805 Club.

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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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19th Century, Admiralty, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, People, Service Culture
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The Origins of Trafalgar Night and Pickle Night

By Peter Hore,
15 Dec 23

Ed. The expert author explores the centuries-old history of Trafalgar Night celebrations, and the rather more recent Pickle Night tradition. A 10 minute read.

 

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Power, Armed Forces, Baltic, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Industrial Revolution, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Morale, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, The Naval Review
20 minutes, 54 seconds

The Nelson Touch: An Effects Based Approach?

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
21 Oct 23

Ed. For the bicentenary of Trafalgar Day in 2005, distinguished scholars and Naval Review members produced a series of articles on Nelson’s legacy for the 21st century [93/4, p. 320]. Professor Geoffrey Till provided the following comparison between the then emerging Effects Based Approach (EBA) and the illusive Nelson Touch. Reprinted here for the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. A 20 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Historiography, Law, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, People, Service Culture, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Veterans
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The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (II)

By Cdre David Burns RN (rtd),
04 Oct 23

Ed. As a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, in the second article of a two-part series, the author examines how slavery, the law and conflict pushed black sailors into the Royal Navy before and after Trafalgar, and how those black sailors were treated. A 40 minute read.

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Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Defence, Air Power, Battle of Britain, Combined Arms, Europe, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Royal Air Force, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review
13 minutes, 37 seconds

The Whale and the Albatross

By Andrew Gordon,
15 Sep 23

Ed. Sixteen years ago, in response to a History Today article for the 66th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Rules of the Game author Andrew Gordon examined the question of the strategic significance of the air battle (in which FAA pilots took part), and emphasized the RN’s role in stopping the German invasion before it could begin. Republished here from NR 95/1 for the 83rd anniversary of the Battle. A 15 minute read.

 

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Doctrine, First World War, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, National Defence, Naval History, Operational Art, Second World War, Strategy
15 minutes, 45 seconds

The Admiralty and the ‘Art of Admiralty’

By DR JAMES W. E. SMITH,
29 Jun 23

Ed. The author argues that the ‘art of Admiralty’ represents more than simply a debate over force structure or naval tactics, but instead embodies the cultural ethos of an island seapower state, and – crucially – the vehicle by which maritime thinking is cultivated and disseminated in government and to the broader population as a whole. A 15 minute read.

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Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, People, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Trade Interdiction and Protection, War of Austrian Succession
25 minutes, 53 seconds

The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (I)

By CDRE DAVID BURNS RN (RTD),
15 Mar 23

Ed. The first of a two-part series, as a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, the author examines the role of black labour in the Atlantic maritime system, from which the Royal Navy’s black sailors were drawn during the 18th century. This instalment focuses on the tragedy of black slavery as a component of the Atlantic system, and the remarkable achievements of those slaves who nevertheless became Royal Navy sailors. A 30 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, History of Science, Industrial Revolution, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval Architecture, Naval Engineering, Naval History, People, Technology
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Sir Samuel Bentham 1757-1831: Civil Architect and the First Engineer of the Royal Navy

By CPT JOHN WILLS RN (RTD) AND KEN FLEMING,
08 Mar 23

Ed. Not too unlike the Hellenstic inventor Archimedes and his patron Hiero II of Syracuse, or 20th century technologists such as Bob Noyce and William Shockley, brothers Samuel and Jeremy Bentham were a pair of functionalist Georgian characters. While Jeremy is well known for his contributions to the Reform Movement and utilitarian philosophy, the younger brother Samuel, a prototypical early steam-era inventor and Royal Navy engineer, in the mold of predecessors such as Thomas Slade and Charles Middleton, or successors like Sir Robert Seppings and Sir Nathaniel Barnaby, is less well known. The authors herein examine Samuel Bentham’s life and work. A 30 minute read.

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