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Book Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Operational Art, Russia, Strategy, Submarines, Ukraine
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Latest Book Review, 21 July

21 Jul 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a new edited volume on the role of the sea in Russian strategy, providing a discussion of historical context, operational art, strategy, and capability.

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Book Reviews, General, Naval History, Naval Warfare, People
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Latest Book Reviews, 11 July

11 Jul 23

BRE. The latest book reviews are now available. One is an autobiography reflecting on life in the Royal Navy, the other looks at naval Special Forces, specifically combat divers.

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Addressing Current Reality, Baltic, Force Structure, General, Maritime Strategy, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Russia, Strategy
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Operational challenges for Russia and NATO Maritime Forces in the Baltic Sea

By SLT JACK BULLER,
07 Jul 23

Ed. In a fascinating investigation of the real maritime capacities of Russia and NATO in the Baltic, the author concludes that the ascension of Finland and Sweden into NATO gives the Allies a crushing preponderance in those waters. Winner of the Eric Grove prize for BRNC Dartmouth. A 25 minute read

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Strategic Bombing, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
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Malta and the Mediterranean Fleet, 1940-1943: A Dissenting Perspective

By ROGER PLUMTREE,
18 Jun 23

Ed. In his analysis of strategic lessons to be drawn from the Second World War [40/4. p. 432], Captain S. W. Roskill, RN, wrote, “It took much ‘sad experience’ to show that Malta could have been properly defended and could have been kept in use as a base.” Roger Plumtree reconsiders the Maltese narrow margin with the question in mind: was Roskill wrong? A 15 minute read.

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Civil-Military Relations, Admiralty, General, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Shaping The Future, Strategy
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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
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Latest Review, 26 May

26 May 23

BRE. 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
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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
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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
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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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