Reviews

Definitive account of RAN in World War I

Definitive account of RAN in World War I

1-Cover-In all respects readyA highly enjoyable, comprehensive and definitive account of what the RAN achieved in the Great War, is how DESMOND WOODS describes Dr David Stevens’ book ‘In All Respects Ready – Australia’s Navy in World War I’.

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U-boats were sitting ducks in WWII

U-boats were sitting ducks in WWII

Cover-Deep Sea HuntersGerman 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).

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Brilliantly illustrated, concisely written account of UK carriers

Brilliantly illustrated, concisely written account of UK carriers

Hobbs - British Aircraft Carriers“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.

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How the legions made Rome’s longevity

How the legions made Rome’s longevity

Legions of Rome best coverLegions 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.”

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Navigating Asia’s troubled waters

Cover-Bernard D. Cole, Asian Maritime StrategiesAsian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters. By Bernard D. Cole. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD, 2013.
Reviewed by Dr Gregory P. Gilbert

“. . . 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.

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Darwin: Australia’s own Pearl Harbour

Darwin: Australia’s own Pearl Harbour

Carrier Attack cover largeCarrier 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.

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The bringers of war to Africa

The bringers of war to Africa

Laband coverThe bringers of war: the Portuguese in Africa during the age of gunpowder and sail from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. By John Laband. Pen and Sword, 2013.
Reviewed by Major John Johnston

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.

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Whimsical wanderings and wonderings

Whimsical wanderings and wonderings

book post cards_0002G’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.

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Anti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies

Anti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies

Cover-Anti-Access WarfareAnti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies By Sam J. Tangredi, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD, 2013
By Dr GREGORY P GILBERT

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.

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