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.

Reasons in Writing: A Commando’s View of the Falklands War

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By a Royal Marine officer who commanded the Falklands garrison in the 1970s long before the invasion and had warned of the islands’ inadequate defences. He also mapped the islands for yachting purposes and his local knowledge was a great asset to the task force in 1982.

Amphibious Assault Falklands: The Battle of San Carlos Water

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In-depth account of the amphibious operations to re-take the Falkland Islands. Explains the complexity and problems of amphibious warfare and details some of the tensions between the senior commanders.

Sink the Belgrano

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Commander David Hall, chief engineer of the British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror received a call giving him the order to ‘store for war’. At first he didn’t believe it. Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Isles. This title presents the battle of the South Atlantic and shows us the human drama behind the controversial, Sun headline ‘Gotcha!’
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Secrets of the Conqueror: The Untold Story of Britain’s Most Famous Submarine

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HMS Conqueror is Britain’s most famous submarine. It is the only sub since World War Two to have sunk an enemy ship. Conqueror’s sinking of the Argentine cruiser Belgrano made inevitable an all-out war over the future of the Falkland Islands, and sparked off one of the most controversial episodes of twentieth century politics. The controversy was fuelled by a war-diary kept by an officer on board HMS Conqueror, and as a young TV producer in the 1980s Stuart Prebble scooped the world by locating the diary’s author and getting his story on the record. But in the course of uncovering his Falklands story, Stuart Prebble also learned a military secret which could have come straight out of a Cold War thriller. It involved the Top Secret activities of the Conqueror in the months before and after the Falklands War. Prebble has waited for thirty years to tell his story. It is a story of incredible courage and derring-do, of men who put their lives on the line and were never allowed to tell what they had done. This story, buried under layers of official secrecy for three decades, is one of Britain’s great military success stories and can now finally be told.
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A History of the Royal Navy: World War II

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The Royal Navy’s operations in World War II started on 3 September 1939 and continued until the surrender of Japan in August 1945 – there was no ‘phoney war’ at sea. The navy played a central role in the evacuation of the retreating British army at Dunkirk, and later orchestrated the sinking of Germany’s mighty battleship and Hitler’s pride, the Bismarck. Without the Royal Navy’s attention to the defence of Britain’s seaborne trade – especially in the struggle against German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic – there would not have been food for the country, fuel for the RAF’s operations or supplies to keep the army fighting in Europe, North Africa and the Far East., Yet the outstanding naval contribution to Britain’s survival and eventual victory came at a heavy cost in terms of ships and to the men who had to face not just the violence of the enemy, but also the violence of the sea. This book argues that World War II was, effectively, a maritime war; it was the Royal Navy’s war.
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Eminently readable and well paced, this covers the highs and lows of the RN in WWII. It has many deep historical insights including debunking the myth that it was solely the RAF that dettered the Germans from invading Britain in 1940.

The Royal Navy & the Falklands War

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385 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout. The only exception is a small inscription to the inside page.
£8.99 GBP
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Royal Navy, The: A History Since 1900

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Since 1900, the Royal Navy has seen vast changes to the way it operates. This book tells the story, not just of defeats and victories, but also of how the navy has adjusted to over 100 years of rapid technological and social change. The navy has changed almost beyond recognition since the far-reaching reforms made by Admiral Fisher at the turn of the century., Fisher radically overhauled the fleet, replacing the nineteenth-century wooden crafts with the latest in modern naval technology, including battleships (such as the iconic dreadnoughts), aircraft carriers and submarines. In World War I and World War II, the navy played a central role, especially as unrestricted submarine warfare and supply blockades became an integral part of twentieth-century combat. However it was the development of nuclear and missile technology during the Cold War era which drastically changed the face of naval warfare – today the navy can launch sea-based strikes across thousands of miles to reach targets deep inland., This book navigates the cross currents of over 100 years of British naval history. As well as operational issues, the authors also consider the symbolism attached to the navy in popular culture and the way naval personnel have been treated, looking at the changes in on-board life and service during the period, as well as the role of women in the navy. In addition to providing full coverage of the Royal Navy’s wartime operations, the authors also consider the functions of the navy in periods of nominal peace – including disaster relief, diplomacy and exercises., Even in peacetime the Royal Navy had a substantial role to play. Covering the whole span of naval history from 1900 to the present, this book places the wars and battles fought by the navy within a wider context, looking at domestic politics, economic issues and international affairs. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in naval history and operations, as well as military history more generally
£25.00 GBP
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 Written in an engaging and accessible style, this manges to cover a lengthy historical period while retaining enough detail on the RN’s development and many fighting actions to be interesting.

 

No Escape Zone: One of the Most Gripping Escape Stories of the Modern Era: One Man’s True Story of a Journey to Hell

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The first inside account of the Fleet Air Arm by one of Britain’s real-life TOP GUNS – Lieutenant-Commander Nick Richardson. Subtitled: One Man’s True Story of a Journey to Hell
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