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This new publication brings jointly Britain’s prime naval historians and analysts to offer a finished research of British naval pondering and what has made it so particular during the last 3 centuries, from the crusing send period to the present day. This new quantity describes extensive the beginnings of formalized thought of the behavior of naval operations within the 18th Century, its transformation during the impression of industrialization within the nineteenth Century and its program within the international Wars of the 20th. This e-book concludes with a evaluate of recent British naval pondering and the looks of naval doctrine opposed to the uncertainties of the lack of empire, the chilly battle, nuclear guns and the massive alterations dealing with us as we stream in to the hot millennium. How perceptive and exact was once British naval pondering? the place did British rules come from? Did they confirm or simply keep on with British event? Do they clarify British naval luck ? The individuals to this quantity take on those key questions in a publication that might be of substantial curiosity to the maritime neighborhood round the English-speaking global. This booklet could be of serious curiosity to all scholars and execs with an curiosity within the historical past of the Royal military, modern British maritime operations and strategic reviews. it is a commemorative quantity of the lifestyles and paintings of the prestigious Professor Bryan Ranft.

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Corbett (1904) p. 154. For a wider exploration of this thesis see Gordon (1996). The Guardian Weekly 23 April 2005. Corbett (1911) pp. 15 –16. Liddell Hart (1967) p. 5. Osgood (1962) p. 5. See the forthcoming study by Dickinson referred to in the next footnote. The definitive study of the establishment and development of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, has still to be written. M. (Jerry) Dawson, a one time colleague of Bryan Ranft, namely The Story of Greenwich (Blackheath, London: privately published 1977), and the booklet The Royal Naval College Greenwich Centenary 1873–1973.

1, 17. Black (2004) pp. 171–2. See The London Magazine, 1743, op. cit. Baugh (1988). See for example Newbolt (1995). 18 Geoffrey Till 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 Henry Newbolt ‘Admirals All’ in ibid. Rodger (2004) pp. lxiii, 48, 178, 235–6, 255. Cited in Richmond (1939) p. 140. Hurd (1918) p. 20. These views are conveniently summarised in Aston (1927) pp. 82, 98. Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Lost Legion’ in his collection The Seven Seas (1916) p.

By reaching southward across the Bay of Biscay, the squadron could intercept the commerce of St Malo, Nantes, Bordeaux and the ports of northern Spain. Most important of all, it was ideally stationed to watch Brest, and if necessary Lorient, Rochefort and even Ferrol. M. Rodger enemy port to prevent ships getting in or out. Such a close blockade was extremely difficult to mount, and only for relatively short periods did the British find it both possible and desirable, but if it were to be attempted, above all on Brest, the Western Squadron was there to do it.

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