Book Reviews

You cannot surge trust

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You Cannot Surge Trust: Combined Naval Operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, and the United States Navy, 1991-2003. By Gary...

Definitive account of RAN in World War I

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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'.

U-boats were sitting ducks in WWII

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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).

RN should have had greater WWI role

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A History of the Royal Navy: World War I. By Mike Farquharson-Roberts Reviewed by Dr Gregory P. Gilbert THE ROYAL Navy has for centuries played a...

British Aircraft Carriers: Design, Development and Service Histories

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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.

How the legions made Rome’s longevity

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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.”

Navigating Asia’s troubled waters

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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.

Darwin: Australia’s own Pearl Harbour

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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.

The bringers of war to Africa

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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.

G’day Y’all; Whimsical wanderings and wonderings from Kentucky to Australia

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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.