The Naval Route to the Abyss: The Anglo-German Naval Race, 1895-1914

The intense rivalry in battleship building that took place between Britain and Germany in the run up to the First World War is seen by many as the most totemic of all armaments races. Blamed by numerous commentators during the inter-war years as a major cause of the Great War, it has become emblematic of… Read Abstract »

The Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War, Volume I, 1939-1941

Vol 159 (2012), Dr B. Jones

This is the first of three volumes detailing the history of the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers and naval air squadrons, during the Second World War. It deals with the formative period between 1939 and 1941 when the Fleet Air Arm tried to recover from the impact of dual control and economic… Read Abstract »

The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean, 1919-1929

Vol 158 (2011), Professor P. Halpern

Following the end of the First World War the Mediterranean Fleet found itself heavily involved in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Sea of Marmora, the Black Sea and to a lesser extent, the Adriatic. Naval commanders were faced with complex problems in a situation of neither war nor peace. The collapse of the Ottoman, Russian and… Read Abstract »

Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1919-1939

Vol 156 (2010), M. Simpson

The second in a projected set of five volumes dealing with Anglo America Naval Relations, this volume brings together documents from the period 1919-1939 which was dominated by a series of naval arms limitation and disarmament conferences. The book also includes a section of documents that deal with encounters of serving officers and men of… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume VII

This seventh volume of Naval Miscellany contains documents which range in date from the late thirteenth century to the Korean War. They illustrate the many different ways in which the naval forces of the crown have served the realm. Topics covered include the role of ships in campaigns against Scotland under Edward I and Edward… Read Abstract »

Naval Intelligence From Berlin: The Reports of the British Naval Attachés in Berlin, 1906-1914

Vol 152 (2007), Dr. M. S. Seligmann

During the course of the Anglo-German naval race, the British Admiralty found a regular flow of information on Germany’s naval policy, on her warship construction and on the technical progress of her fleet to be absolutely vital. It was only on the basis of accurate calculations of Germany’s maritime development that the framers of British… Read Abstract »

The Cunningham Papers, Volume II: The Triumph of Allied Sea Power, 1942-1946

Vol 150 (2006), M. Simpson

Following America’s entry into World War Two, there was a necessity for the Royal Navy to strengthen co-operation with the United States Navy. Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham’s brief term as head of the British Admiralty Delegation in Washington was to endear him to the Americans so much so that they proposed him as Allied Naval… Read Abstract »

Sea Power and the Control of Trade: Belligerent Rights from the Russian War to the Beira Patrol, 1854-1970

Vol 149 (2005), N. Tracy

The capacity of navies to influence world events through control of seaborne trade was profoundly affected by nineteenth-century developments in economic theory, commercial organization, and naval technology. In turn, these changing circumstances led, from the outbreak of the Russian war in 1854, to repeated attempts to rewrite the international law of belligerent rights at sea…. Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume VI

Edited documents in this Naval Miscellany include the 14th-century repair of Bayonne Galleys, Armada correspondence, the building of Plymouth dockyard, letters of Admiral Collingwood, Nelson’s Public Order Book during his 1801 blockade of Boulogne, Louis Parsons’ journal 1882-1901, Captain Clayton’s letters from the Australia Station 1885-8, Dudley Pound’s Grand Fleet diary 1914-15, and HMS Aurora’s… Read Abstract »

The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War: The Northern Patrol, 1914-1918

Vol 145 (2003), J.D. Grainger

The Tenth Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet had the task of patrolling the seas between Scotland and Greenland to intercept enemy ships trying to escape into the ocean and merchant ships who could be carrying goods destined for Germany. This was a task of great political sensitivity, since almost all the ships intercepted were… Read Abstract »


The Battle of the Atlantic and Signals Intelligence: U-boat Tracking Papers, 1941-1947

Vol 144 (2002), Professor D. Syrett

Signals intelligence played a vital role in the Allied defeat of the U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. This book presents documents which show the role of signals intelligence during the Battle of the Atlantic. Focusing on the collection, analysis, and employment of signals intelligence materials by the Royal and United States navies during… Read Abstract »


Letters and Papers of Professor Sir John Knox Laughton, 1830-1915

Vol 143 (2002), Professor A.D. Lambert

John Knox Laughton created modern naval history to harmonise the adacemic standards of the new English historical profession with the strategic and doctrinal needs of the contemporary Royal Navy. His correspondents included major figures in both the historical and the naval professions: Alfred T Mahan, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Julian Corbett, Cyprian Bridge and many others…. Read Abstract »