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Admiralty, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Combined Arms, Communications, Convoy Operations, Europe, Joint Forces, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Morale, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Operational Planning, Russia, Second World War, Submarines, United States Navy
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Scattered to the Arctic Winds: The Tragedy of Convoy PQ17

By SLt James Shelley RN,
20 Feb 24

Ed. The author explores the PQ17 disaster, questioning First Sea Lord Dudley Pound’s decision to scatter the convoy in the face of Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine threats. The principles of mission command should have left the decision to the convoy commanders. A 25 minute read.

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Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Naval History, Second World War, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 13 February

13 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the wartime experience of a US warship, the Borie, the wider development of ASW convoy protection in the USN, and US efforts at breaking German codes.

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Book Reviews, Naval History, People, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 9 February 2024

09 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It insiders a book published in 1950, exploring the wartime experience of those who served in the RNVR. It is also the first of “If you can find a copy of…do read it!” Members are invited to share new reviews of old books, which may be of interest, or past book reviews that may have an enduring value.

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Book Reviews, First World War, Naval History, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 6 February 2024

06 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a reprint of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton’s 1968 study of Sir Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy.

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Addressing Current Reality, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, BRNC, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Joint Forces, Law, People, Second World War, Service Culture, Women
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The Combat Exemption Act: Are we ready to accept women in combat roles?

By OC Phoebe Freeman,
31 Jan 24

Ed. In the first of a series of articles by BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, the author examines the continuing challenges of women acting in combat roles. A look at the history demonstrates that the press of mobilization often requires abandoning long-held social conventions. The government and media have a responsibility to do more to reach the goals for female enlistment. A 10 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 16 January 2024

16 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. it considers a a recent publication from Osprey looking at the role of shore bombardment in support of the Allied Normandy campaign.

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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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Book Reviews, Naval History, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 5 January 2024

05 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a new addition to the Osprey Campaign series, looking at the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941.

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19th Century, Battle of the Atlantic, Cold War, Crimean War, Falklands War, First World War, Force Structure, General, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Seapower, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 8 December

08 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It revisits Eric Grove’s 2005 The Royal Navy Since 1815Whilst the book has been previously reviewed, new perspectives on important books are always welcome.

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