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Admiralty, Australia, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, First World War, Historiography, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, New Zealand, Operational Art, People, Risk Management, Royal Australian Navy, Sea Power, Service Culture, Strategy, Tactics, Technology, Trade Interdiction and Protection
19 minutes, 46 seconds

Maximilian Reichsgraf von Spee (1861–1914): The Face of German Colonial Sea Power

By Martin George Holmes,
01 May 24

Ed. This article, drawing on German-language sources, presents a fresh biographical sketch of Maximilian von Spee’s naval career, a man of his time who realistically embodied German sea power, in the Mahanian tradition, until his demise at the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. A 20 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 29 April 2024

29 Apr 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring Italy’s use of assault craft during the Second World War, “detailing what might be seen to be the forerunner of the current practice of maritime asymmetric warfare”.

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Admiralty, Air Power, Combined Arms, General, Historiography, Joint Forces, Leadership, Letters, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, People, Risk Management, Second World War, Service Culture, Tactics, The Naval Review
8 minutes, 53 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Fate of Force Z

By Bruce Pascoe,
05 Apr 24

Ed. Bruce Pascoe responds to Arthur Nicholson, with specific regard to the enigma of Phillips’ decision-making and failure to radio for air support during the Malay oki kaisen.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Combined Arms, Communications, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Letters, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Sea Power, Second World War, Tactics, Technology, The Naval Review
8 minutes, 30 seconds

Letter to the Editor: A Reply to ‘Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z’

By Arthur Nicholson,
01 Apr 24

Ed. Our correspondent, an expert on the fate of Force Z, responds to Bruce Pascoe’s analysis of Admiral Tom Phillips’ decision-making during the Malay oki kaisen.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, People, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture
53 minutes, 4 seconds

Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z

By Bruce Pascoe,
05 Jan 24

Ed. In an impressive and no-holds-barred investigation into the command decisions that led to the destruction of Force Z, reflecting on a tragically recurring and lethal combination of command over-confidence and staff obsequiousness, the author catalogues a cascade of failures that at innumerable stages were all too predictable. A 50 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Air Power, Australia, China, Combined Arms, Cyberwarfare, Deterrence, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, From the Archive, General, Joint Operations, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Operational Art, Risk Management, Technology, The Naval Review, United States Navy
17 minutes, 39 seconds

Back to the Future?

By Dr Dave Sloggett,
07 Dec 23

Ed. In 2012 [100/2, p. 154] the author considered the history of the Japanese attack on Darwin of 19 February 1942 as a comparison for possible Chinese air operations in the 21st century. As was the case with Pearl Harbor, a surprise attack by long-range air assets raised questions about the security of bases in the region. A 20 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Budgets and Finance, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Defence Reviews, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Indo-Pacific, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
28 minutes, 23 seconds

Introduction of Aircraft Carriers into the Royal Navy: Lessons for the Development of Naval Doctrine

By Cdr James J Tritten USN (rtd),
30 Nov 23

Ed. The Battle of Taranto of 11-12 November 1940 was an epoch defining event in the history of naval aviation and a decisive moment for the Fleet Air Arm. With the 83rd anniversary of the battle in mind, we reproduce here an American perspective on the Royal Navy’s pioneering development of aircraft carriers and the lessons for naval doctrine this history demonstrates. Originally published in July 1994 [82/3, p. 260]. A 30 minute read.

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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Convoy Operations, Fleet Air Arm, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Submarines
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Latest Book Review, 24 October

24 Oct 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. it considers a new book, due to be published on 26 October, examining the story of the convoy HG-76, and the tactical innovations developed and employed by Commander Johnny Walker in its defence.

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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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