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 | The Submarine Six – Australian Naval Heroes

By Dr Tom Lewis

Australia’s six Collins-class submarines have had a chequered history, to put it mildly. Massive cost over runs, delays and numerous mechanical, training and manning failures have combined to form a litany of disaster in the minds of most Australians.

BOOK REVIEW | Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada

By Stephen M Younger

Laid down in 1912, USS Nevada was the world’s first “superdreadnought”; America’s first oil-fuelled warship; the first to have a triple-gun main turret; and, the first to be fitted with “all or nothing” armour. She was a mighty ship that fought in both the First and Second World Wars and served until she was destroyed as a gunnery target in 1948. 

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.

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