The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean

The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India By Raoul McLaughlin, Pen and Sword Maritime Books, Yorkshire and Philadelphia, (2018) Reviewed by Janet Nolan, Ph. D.   A graduate of Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first Integrated School, Raoul McLaughlin has written a remarkable book

White Water, Red Hot Lead: On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam

White Water Red Hot Lead: On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam By Dan Daly, Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia, (2017) Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology   Approximately 3,500 men served in the Swift Boat units during the Vietnam War over a period of six years. Dan Daly’s excellent

Graf Zeppelin: The Only German Aircraft Carrier

Graf Zeppelin: The Only German Aircraft Carrier By Jürgen Prommersberger, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, (2017) Reviewed by Robert P. Largess   “Graf Zeppelin” is a name to conjure with. Most people know it as the name of the pioneering passenger dirigible which made 143 Atlantic crossings, most on commercial service. Less know of her successor,

USN Battleship vs. IJN Battleship: The Pacific 1942 — 44

USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship: The Pacific 1942-44 By Mark Stille Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK (2017) Reviewed by Ed Calouro     Mark Stille has succeeded in squeezing significant information into a limited number of pages.  Stille is a retired USN commander and a graduate of and former faculty member at the Naval War College.

Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940, vol. 2

Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940 Volume 2 – Evacuation and Further Naval Operations By Niall Cherry, Helion & Company, Gliwice, Poland, (2017) Reviewed by Jeffrey Schultz     The final volume in Niall Cherry’s Norway 1940 campaign study, this cautionary work continues from the Narvik evacuation until the final departures.

Battle Briefings: D-Day and the Normandy Campaign

Battle Briefings: D-Day and the Normandy Campaign By David Reisch Stackpole, (2018) 128 pp. $21.95     The historiography of the June 1944 Normandy Campaign, centering on the amphibious assault on 6 June, has been chronicled exhaustively in the literature of military history. Journalist and military historian David Reisch’s entry into the field, his second

British and German Battlecruisers: Their Development and Operations

British & German Battlecruisers:  Their Development and Operations By Michele Cosentino and Ruggero Stanglini. Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press, 2016.       HMS Dreadnought and the Invincible-class battlecruisers transformed naval warfare when they were laid down in 1905 and 1906.  Dreadnought, the first all-big-gun battleship, made previous ships of the line obsolescent if not

Churchill’s Thin Grey Line: British Merchant Ships at War, 1939 – 1945

Churchill’s Thin Grey Line: British Merchant Ships at War 1939 -1945 by Bernard Edwards 2018, Pen & Sword, Havertown, PA. 248 pp., $34.95.     The United Kingdom has always considered its Merchant Marine to be part of its armed forces during wartime. Since time immortal, the White Ensign of the Royal Navy and the

Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell About It

Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell About It   Brian Murphy with Toula Vlahou New York: Da Capo Press, 2018 240 pp., Bibliography, Map, and Illustrations   If in the mid-19th century an ocean crossing wasn’t the blind leap into the unknown that it

Controlled Delivery: Covert Operations in the War on Drugs

Controlled Delivery: Covert Operations in the War on Drugs: Volume 1 & Volume 2, Nick Jacobellis, Senior Special Agent U.S. Customs Service (Ret.). 2018, www.badgepublishing.com. Volume 1, 328 pp. and Volume 2, 347 pp., $13.99 per volume. Within the pages of these two self-published volumes, the author provides a firsthand look at the interdiction by