German U-boats were sitting ducks on the surface in World War II, according to Martin W. Bowman in Deep sea hunters: RAF Coastal Command and the war against the U-boats and the German navy, 1939-45, reviewed by Major John Johnston (Rtd).Read More
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“These ships will have a flexible and adaptive capability that has the potential to serve the nation well in a range of likely scenarios, but it will take firm leadership, ingenuity and determination to achieve it”. David Hobbs (p372) concerning the new carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales. Dr Gregory Gilbert reviews British Aircraft Carriers.Read More
Legions of Rome. By Stephen Dando-Collins. St Martin’s Press, New York. Hard cover; 607 pages.
Reviewed by Dr Tom Lewis
THIS book’s introduction puts its central theme best when it argues: “The long existence of the Roman Empire had everything to do with the legions. While the legions were strong, Rome was strong. Conversely, the disintegration of the Late Empire has everything to do with the disintegration of the legions as effective fighting forces.”
“. . . the center of gravity of world affairs has left the Atlantic and moved to the Pacific and Indian Oceans”.
Henry Kissinger, 2010
CAPTAIN Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.), who teaches at the US National War College in Washington, DC, is perhaps uniquely qualified to write a book on Asian Maritime Strategies for the 21st century.Read More
Carrier Attack Darwin 1942 The Complete Guide to Australia’s Own Pearl Harbour
by Dr Tom Lewis and Peter Ingman
Avonmore books, Adelaide 2013
Reviewer: Peter Williams
LEWIS and Ingman’s Carrier Attack is the first to concentrate entirely on the military aspects of the Japanese attack on Darwin, and this is much to the advantage of the book.
PORTUGAL was the first European nation to establish itself in Africa and the last to leave the continent. People generally know of the voyages of discovery and are aware of the empire’s painfully slow demise in the second half of the twentieth century, but what happened between these events is a mystery for most.Read More
G’day Y’all; Whimsical wanderings and wonderings from Kentucky to Australia
Rob Roy Herzog, Xlibris Corporation www.xlibris.com.au
Reviewed by Tim Coyle
THIS is the autobiography of Rob Roy Herzog, the only person who went from Kentucky (the Deep South) to Townsville (the Deep North) via five US Navy aircraft carriers, then onwards to the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), where he served as an imagery analyst and latterly as an all-source intelligence analyst.
ANTI-access/area denial, or A2/AD as it is often abbreviated, has become one of the buzz phrases of recent defence debates. The story goes that as the US and its close allies withdraw from their Middle East commitments their militaries have moved away from counter-insurgency operations and pivoted to the Asia-Pacific region where the primary challenge is countering, if not breaking down, the anti-access/area denial strategies of nations such as China, North Korea and Iran.Read More
IT IS difficult for one mountain to hold two tigers. (Great rivals cannot coexist) — Mandarin proverb.
WHEN I first studied Asian history as an undergraduate in the 1980s, I thought we relied too heavily upon Western interpretations of events in the East. Since then I have been searching for a useful reference that examines modern Asian history from the non-western perspective. The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949 is exactly that book.Read More