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Land Based Air Power or Aircraft Carriers?

Land Based Air Power or Aircraft Carriers?

Dyndal NEW_Dyndal JktLand Based Air Power or Aircraft Carriers?
A Case Study of the British Debate about Maritime Air Power in the 1960s
by Gjert Lage Dyndal
ISBN 978-1-4094-3335-4
Ashgate Publishing both in the UK and USA
www.ashgate.com
180 pages, 5 maps, 4 photographs

Reviewed by David Hobbs

THIS IS the sixth in a series of studies by the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. The author is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Norwegian Air Force and Dean of Academics at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy who was awarded his PhD by the University of Glasgow in 2009. He has written three earlier books on military subjects.

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British Cruisers of the Victorian Era

British Cruisers of the Victorian Era

Cover-British Cruisers of the Victorian EraBritish Cruisers of the Victorian Era
By Norman Friedman
ISBN 978-1-84832-099-4
Seaforth Publishing
www.seaforthpublishing.com
352 pages including Bibliography, Notes, Appendices and ship Data. Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings.

Reviewed by David Hobbs

THE TERM “cruiser” came into general use in the 1880s to describe ships capable of both long endurance for the protection of Britain’s Imperial trade routes and, in the case of some of the larger examples, acting as a fast wing of the battle fleet. The new description replaced the terms frigate, sloop and corvette which gradually fell out of use with the result that ships described as cruisers covered a very wide range from under 1,000 to over 10,000 tons.

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Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea

Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea

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By Rod McDonald
Whittles; softback, 156 pages

Reviewed by Jack Aubrey
THE SHIPWRECKS of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse lie in relatively shallow water compared with the wrecks of HMAS Sydney and its opponent Kormoran. For many in Britain in WWII, the loss of the two British ships resonated throughout the community much as the loss of our own 645 brave sailors did with Australia’s sinking in 1941.

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Models give better idea of ships

Models give better idea of ships

Layout 1British Destroyers – J-C and Battle Classes
By Les Brown
Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley
www.seaforthpublishing.com
ISBN 978-1-84832-180-9

Reviewed by David Hobbs

NUNMBER 21 in Seaforth’s Ship Craft series, this book follows logically on from number 11 which described the ‘A’ to ‘I’ and ‘Tribal’ classes. Although aimed primarily at ship model-makers, the book is well illustrated with black and white photographs of the actual ships; colour photographs of models and accurate coloured profile drawings showing representative wartime camouflage schemes.

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The Battleship Builders – Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships

The Battleship Builders – Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships

TheBattleshipBuildersThe Battleship Builders – Constructing and Arming British capital Ships
by Ian Johnston & Ian Buxton
Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley
www.seaforthpublishing.com
ISBN 978-1-84832-093-2
£30.00 in the UK

Reviewed by David Hobbs

THE BRITISH built more battleships than any other nation and this fascinating book contains a wealth of detail about the shipyards, dockyards, ordnance works, steel works, foundries and other sites where the hulls and their systems were built as well as the design and functioning of the ships themselves. There are maps of the various yards with explanatory notes about the processes that went on in their buildings; descriptions of how gun barrels, working chambers, turrets, boilers and turbines were assembled ashore and then dismantled to be taken to the ships for installation and a wealth of other detail, including the manpower in the factories.

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A parting shot — 1942

A parting shot — 1942

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By Terry Jones and Steven Carruthers
Cooper Publishing
319 pages; soft cover

Reviewed by Jack Aubrey

EVEN small actions of World War II history are now being covered by the efforts of researchers. This new book by Terry Jones and Steven Carruthers is only about a small part of Australia’s war, but it is a welcome addition to papering over the cracks. The shelling of parts of Sydney and Newcastle by Japanese submarines in 1942 has been known about for many years – the incidents were widely covered by the press at the time. But a forensic analysis of the events has not been attempted, as far as I know.

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The Great Edwardian Naval Feud

The Great Edwardian Naval Feud

Cover-THE GREAT EDWARDIAN NAVAL FEUDThe Great Edwardian Naval Feud – Beresford’s vendetta against ‘Jackie’ Fisher

By Richard Freeman

Pen and Sword Maritime

Reviewed by Dr Tim Coyle

REGULAR readers of Headmark book reviews will recall the recent review of Historical Dreadnoughts, the ‘history wars’ between Professor Arthur Marder and Captain Stephen Roskill, the great historians of the Royal Navy in the 20th century. This book, The Great Edwardian Naval Feud, is the story of an earlier struggle, that between the titans of the Royal Navy, the volcanic genius Admiral John ‘Jackie’ Fisher and the patrician and folk hero Admiral Lord Charles Beresford (universally known as ‘”Charlie B”).

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The art of leadership – the USN and World War II

The art of leadership – the USN and World War II

Admiral Nimitz coverBrayton Harris, Admiral Nimitz, The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theatre.
Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2011, pp. 230, price not stated.

Walter Borneman, The Admirals: The Five-Star Admirals who won the war at sea.
Little Brown and Company, 2012, price not stated.

Reviewed by Mike Fogarty

THE UNITED States Navy promoted four of its admirals to five-star rank during WWII and after. Effectively, they were all styled and titled in the rank of Fleet Admiral. This was a subtle tilt at the Royal Navy, some of whose own top-ranking (and equivalent) naval officers were appointed as Admiral of the Fleet.

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Fine research in enjoyable page-turner

Fine research in enjoyable page-turner

book 2013-12-06 first victoryFIRST VICTORY 1914
HMAS Sydney’s Hunt for German Raider Emden
MIKE CARLTON
William Heinemann: Australia 2013
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/mike-carlton/first-victory-

Reviewer: Desmond Woods

THIS timely book is about much more than just the search for Emden, though her legendary cruise and the Battle of the Cocos Islands are very well covered from both the German and the Australian viewpoint.  But the book is also about the urgent transition that had to be made from peace to war in the last half of 1914, for Australia, the RAN and the RN. It also explains the fate of the ships and men of the German East Asia Squadron which was rightly perceived in 1913 as being a real threat to Australia’s maritime trade and potentially her cities.

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