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Civil-Military Relations, Admiralty, General, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Shaping The Future, Strategy
10 minutes, 10 seconds

What should the art of admiralty involve in a competitive, maritime age?

By JOE REILLY,
31 May 23
Ed.

The author takes to task the need for public engagement by the RN, if a sceptical public is to be convinced of the vital importance of the maritime nature of the British Way of War. A 10 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Technology
0 minutes, 1 second

Latest Review, 26 May

26 May 23
Ed.

The latest review is now available. On this occasion, it is an article review, focusing on the development of naval command and control in the UK, US, and Canadian Navies between 1945 and 1970.

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Convoy Operations, Falklands War, Leadership, Learning From The Past, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, People, Second World War
14 minutes, 7 seconds

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach, GCB, DL: Vignettes from a Remarkable Life

By MATTHEW WILLS,
17 May 23
Ed.

The author reflects on Admiral Sir Henry Leach’s extensive career, highlighting his perseverance during the Second World War and the Falklands War, and his zeal for the tenacious defence of his particular corner, despite personal and national tragedies. A 15 minute read.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, First World War, Historiography, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
12 minutes, 44 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 and Historical Maritime Operational Research (I)

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
06 May 23
Ed.

In 1995 staff historian David Waters began publishing in the NR [83/4, p. 349] a series of commentaries on the Battle of the Atlantic, a subject he had mastered while working on The Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping (1957). He was inspired in this case by the renewed naval history discourse, evident in a review of S. Howarth and D. Law, eds., The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945 (1994), the International Naval Conference on the battle held in Liverpool in 1993, and related writings in the NR [83/1, p. 84 & 83/2, p. 159]. Republished here as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 15 minute read.

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Battle of the Atlantic, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, First World War, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
13 minutes, 35 seconds

Some Strategic Lessons To Be Drawn From The Second World War

By STEPHEN WENTWORTH ROSKILL,
29 Apr 23
Ed.

In 1952, during his work on The War At Sea, 1939-1945, official historian Stephen Roskill published in the NR [40/4, p. 432] this appraisal of the Royal Navy’s strategic role in the Second World War, with particular attention to the subject of convoy operations and trade protection. Reprinted here as part of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 15 minute read

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Book Reviews, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Second World War
0 minutes, 12 seconds

Latest Book Reviews, 28 April

28 Apr 23

The latest book reviews are now available. One focuses on the Battle of Crete in 1941, the other looks at […]

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First World War, Age of Sail, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, History of Science, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
37 minutes, 30 seconds

Seamen, Scientists, Historians and Strategy

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
22 Apr 23
Ed.

Former Naval Staff historian D. W. Waters originally presented this essay as the Presidential Address to the British Society for the History of Science in 1978. It was reprinted in the NR over two volumes in 1984 [72/3 & 72/4]. Waters’ conclusions, based on the rigorous data analysis conducted for the Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping (1957), demonstrated mathematically the superiority of escorted convoys over independent sailings during the U-boat conflicts of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Reproduced here as part of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 40 minute read.

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Book Reviews, China, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, Naval Warfare, Royal Australian Navy, Strategy, Technology, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 6 April

06 Apr 23

The latest book review is now available. It looks at the 2023 edition of the Seaforth World Naval Review: https://www.naval-review.com/book-reviews/seaforth-world-naval-review-2023/

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Budgets and Finance, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Technology, Ukraine
22 minutes, 58 seconds

The Strategic Choices for Defence

By VICE ADMIRAL SIR JEREMY BLACKHAM,
01 Apr 23
Ed.

Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham considers the future of Britain’s strategic nuclear deterrent, and the difficult choices that will have to be made in an environment of increasing threats, tightening budgets, and relentless price-inflation. Originally published 28 February 2023 by CityForum (https://www.cityforum.co.uk/the-strategic-choices-for-defence-by-sir-jeremy-blackham/). A 20 minute read.

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