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Call for Papers: “The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race and the First World War at Sea”

This conference (16-18 July 2014) aims to explore the Anglo-German naval arms race during the early twentieth century and the Great War at sea with an emphasis prior to the Battle of Jutland. Any methodological approach and any aspect of … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: “Who Burnt Whose Capital? The Royal Navy and Winning the War of 1812”

Keynote address by Professor Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, 5-6 September 2014 The War of 1812 was very much a maritime war and one that had its roots in contrasting approaches to the conduct of maritime warfare, especially belligerent and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – A Combat of Devils

By Keith Dovkants, Matador, Troubador Publishing, Ltd. Leicestershire, UK (2012) Reviewed by James C. Quinn A Combat of Devils takes place during the First World War in the English Channel between a Royal Navy officer and his crew and a … Continue reading

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Norman’s Corner: My Friend, the Hunter-Killer

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar, author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) One of the most interesting, intelligent, … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – 1944: Seventy Years On, An International Conference

“1944: Seventy Years On” An International Conference 14-17 April 2014 Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Global War Studies and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst are pleased to announce an international conference on the Second World War with 1944 as the core … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – British Light Cruisers 1939-45

By Angus Konstam, illus. by Paul Wright, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK. (2012). Reviewed by Richard P. Hallion, Ph.D. Generally speaking, light cruisers have not received as much attention from historians and novelists as have other vessels, though they have figured … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – A Hard Fought Ship, The Story of HMS Venomous

By Robert J.Moore and John A. Rodgaard;  Holywell Publishing,  St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, (2010). Reviewed by Thomas C. Hone, Ph.D. This well-illustrated paperback book covers the career of a Royal Navy destroyer commissioned in 1919 and the experiences of the … Continue reading

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Naval History and the Royal Navy: An Interview with Former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band

On 20 November, the Naval Historical Foundation interviewed First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, GCL, DL, who presently serves as Chairman of Trustees of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN). The NMRN represents an amalgamation of the National … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – E-BOAT vs. MTB: The English Channel 1941-45

By Gordon Williamson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, (2011). Reviewed by Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S.Navy (Retired) E-BOAT vs. MTB is Gordon Williamson’s latest contribution to Osprey Publishing Company’s Osprey’s “Duel” series of short works that emphasize the “…account of machines … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Press Gangs, Conscripts and Professionals – Recruiting the Royal Navy from the Age of Sail to the Present Day

To be held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth 6 and 7 September 2013 Keynote Address by Brian Lavery Conference Reception Onboard HMS Victory This conference will explore how the Royal Navy recruited its personnel from its … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Admiral Insubordinate: The Life and Times of Lord Beresford

By Richard Freeman, Self-Published, Great Britain, (2012) Reviewed by Nathan Albright Richard Freeman is a historian of several (mostly self-published) books, including The Great Edwardian Naval Feud, Britain’s Greatest Naval Battle, and A Close Run Thing: the Navy and the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Able Seamen, The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy 1850-1939

By Brian Lavery, Naval Institute Press, (2012) Reviewed by Capt. Winn Price, USNR (Ret.) The book jacket informs us that Brian Lavery is a Curator Emeritus of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Able Seamen is the second in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Dark Seas: The Battle of Cape Matapan

Introduced by J. E. Harrold , University of Plymouth Press, Farnham, UK, (2012). Reviewed by Joseph Moretz. Ph.D. Dark Seas is a reprint of a British Admiralty Battle Summary monograph originally published in 1950 intended for the private use of … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Navy and Nation, 1688 to the Present

National Maritime Museum Conference, 25-27 July 2013 From conflict, culture and science to society, economics and politics, the Royal Navy’s relationship with Britain has always been complex and reflexive. It has been the nation’s primary arm of defence and the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Passport Not Required – U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy, 1939-1941

By Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Charlotte Hammond, and R. E. White, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2010) Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, U.S. Navy (Retired) This book describes how twenty-two relatively unknown Americans initially fought beside the British by serving in … Continue reading

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