This is a list of some recommended books that will provide a background to the modern Royal Navy. By clicking on the Buy now button and purchasing from Amazon, the small commission we receive will help support this site.

The Deadly Trade

£25.00 GBP

The Deadly Trade is a fascinating and comprehensive account of how an initially ineffectual underwater boat – originally derided and loathed in equal measure – evolved into the most powerful and terrifying vessel ever invented, with enough destructive power to end all life on Earth.

Acclaimed naval writer Iain Ballantyne considers the key episodes of submarine warfare and vividly describes the stories of brave individuals who have risked their lives under the sea, often with fatal consequences. His analysis of underwater conflict begins with Archimedes discovering the Principle of Buoyancy. Our clandestine journey then moves through the centuries and focuses on prolific characters with deathly motives, including David Bushnell who in 1775 in America devised the first combat submarine with the idea of attacking the British. Ballantyne also looks at pioneers in the area such as Admiral Jacky Fisher who helped to revolutionise the entire Royal Navy in the early 1900s.

The Deadly Trade considers the advances in technology during the twentieth century, which helped to make the submarine one of the most feared arsenals in war. Today, nuclear-powered submarines are among the most complex, costly ships in existence. Armed with nuclear weapons, they have the ability to destroy millions of lives: they are the most powerful warships ever created. At the heart of this thrilling narrative lurks danger and power as we discover warfare’s murkiest secrets.

 

Dunkirk movie

Dunkirk movie review. Great cinema, but is it great history?

Dunkirk is a fine drama, gripping and well paced. Tension is maintained throughout and Christopher Nolan has directed with an immaculate sense of action. An outstanding musical score by Hans Zimmer at times seems to howl like a diving Stuka or rasps like a machine gun, adding to the feeling of fear and foreboding. There are a few confusing jumps back and forward in time and an odd subplot about soldiers trapped in a fishing boat being used for target practice but overall, it deserves its 5-star reviews.

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SSN14 book review Submarine HMS Turbulent

SSN14 – Book Review

£23.99 (Hardback) £13.99 (Paperback)  £2.99 (Kindle)

Former Royal Navy submariner, Commander Ryan Ramsey recently self-published this unique book that tells the story of HMS Turbulent’s eventful last deployment in 2011. Commanding a highly capable, but ageing Trafalgar class submarine tested Ramsey’s management skills to the limit and the book is structured around the leadership principles he employed.

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The Silent Deep - Submarines Polaris

The Silent Deep – Book review

£20.40 (Hardback)  £12.99 (Kindle)

2015 saw the publication of the latest in a string of fascinating titles dealing with the Cold War history of the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Secrets of the Conqueror (2012), Hunter Killers (2013) and Cold War Command (2014) were essentially based on stories told by RN submariners. The Silent Deep, the Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945 is a lengthy and more encompassing work that tells the political, operational and personal stories of the service from the end of WWII up to the present day.

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Britain’s Future Navy

Britain’s Future Navy What kind of Royal Navy does Britain need now? The 21st century promises to be one of huge uncertainties and challenges for the senior service. Does Britain have the right naval strategy to cope with emerging threats (does it have a naval strategy at all, and should it?) and, if so, does the Navy have the right ships and enough of them to implement it? Given the time taken to introduce changes and Full description
£19.99 GBP

Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy

Very Good, A very good, clean and sound copy in blue cloth boards, gilt title on spine with a very good dust jacket. DJ in clear protective wrapper. *******Large, Heavy Volume, EXTRA POSTAGE OUTSIDE THE UK ******** 8.9″x10.9″x1.5″; 4.0 lb; 320 pages. All the many campaigns, operations, and deployments the Royal Navy has conducted around the world in the past fifty years are examined in this new history by John Roberts. With privileged access to secret and confidential Admiralty plans and commanding officers reports, the author provides a wealth of previously unpublished information covering the period from the Cold War to the Falklands War and the Gulf Wars. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of rarely seen photographs, it tells the story of how the Royal Navy has adapted to meet new challenges and carried out such vital roles as manning the nation s strategic nuclear deterrent and guarding offshore oil and gas facilities. Published as a golden jubilee tribute to the Royal Navy, this complete history also covers the development of ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons, tactics, and strategies.. . .
£30.00 GBP

Overview of the operations of the RN since WWII. Lavishly illustrated with great photos. Published in association with the White Ensign Association.

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