BOOK REVIEW | Heaven High, Ocean Deep – Naval Fighter Wing at War

By Tim Hillier-Graves

It is an oft forgotten fact that British forces, particularly naval forces, participated in the Pacific part of World War II. This excellent book reminds us of that important reality. While there were submarines, cruisers, destroyers and battleships involved, it focuses on aircraft carriers, particularly HMS Indomitable. That ship fought, as part of the British Pacific Fleet, for 16 months in important battles such as Sumatra, Leyte Gulf and Okinawa.

BOOK REVIEW | Casemate Short History: Battleships – The War at Sea

By Ingo Bauernfeind 

The battleship era was quite short. It commenced in 1906 when the Royal Navy launched its first "Dreadnought" and was effectively over by the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. It was, though, a glorious era when national power and influence was measured by a nation’s battleship fleet.

BOOK REVIEW | The Submarine Commander Pocket Manual 1939-1945

Edited by Chris McNab

Your reviewer has known and talked with two of Britain’s better-known submarine captains of World War II. They were very interesting men and more Nelsonian or Cochraneish in their approach to warfare than many of their surface navy counterparts except, of course, their MTB and MGB captain brethren. Their philosophy was very much one of “go at ‘em”.

BOOK REVIEW | How Carriers Fought – Carrier Operations in World War II

 

By Lars Celander

Presenting exactly what its cover describes, this fine book tells the reader how the aircraft carrier concept developed at the end of World War I. It proceeds to describe their rapid development by the British, Americans and Japanese between the wars. That development, of course, was accelerated by the simultaneous and very rapid development of fighter aircraft.

BOOK REVIEW | Bloody Sixteen – The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War

By Peter Fey

A really good book by an author who knows his subject very well. It is full of accurate history, perceptive political judgement and acute comment. It also happens to contain appropriately excellent maps, a good glossary, a useful list of abbreviations and brilliant photographs. Practically everything you could want in a history except for a timeline and a dramatis personae.

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