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MODERN NAVAL STRATEGY by Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon & F. E. McMurtrie:  Deals with the problems which are most commonly associated with Naval Strategy, and with which the average man may not be fully conversant.  As  published Japan had just joined the Axis Powers and Italy invaded Greece. Notes on how these may affect the strategic position in the Pacific and Mediterranean have been added.
NAVY & EMPIRE by James L. Stokesbury -  begins with the Elizabethan explorers and adventurers and ends with the Falklands crisis. In the intervening 400 years the emphasis moves away from the great individuals - Hawkins, Drake and Nelson - to advances in technology and the subtleties of international diplomacy. The author examines the trade wars, sea battles and colonisation - for religion and profit - are the vital stages in the forming of empire.
In A LAYMAN’S GUIDE TO NAVAL STRATEGY by Bernard Brodie discusses modern sea-power, naval weapons, tactics, the defence of shipping, the conduct of combined operations, and the problem of the battleship verses the aeroplane as perceived immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1942. An interesting and readable work with a reading list of more than four pages and a useful index.
SEA POWER IN THE PACIFIC: Study of The American-Japanese Naval Problem by HECTOR C. BYWATER, a British naval correspondent, author of many books on naval affairs and a friend of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a few years later, based on his research for this book published his controversial novel "THE GREAT PACIFIC WAR: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931 – 33" which prophesied the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbour.
OCEAN POWER WINS by BRIAN TUNSTALL contrasts the aim and work of the British and German submarine services, sheds new light on the anti-U-boat war, showing that, as far as Germany is concerned, Is is entirely defensive. The book also contains a new and penetrating study of the role of aircraft at sea, and the growth of the Fleet Air Arm, and ends with an account of the naval aspects of the invasion of Europe and the dramatic growth of our invasion navy.
With “The influence of law on sea power” Professor  D. P. O’Connell, for the first time, studied the role of international law in naval planning and his findings have been absorbed into operating procedures now adopted by Western navies. Interestingly for naval students his research throws new light on actions such as the battle of the river Plate, Altmark incident, unrestricted submarine warfare and the US Navy mining off Vietnam revealing the underestimated importance of the legal factors involved.
STATESMEN AND SEA POWER by Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond traces the part played by the statesman, as distinct from the professional sailor, in maintaining and using sea power, from the reign of Elizabeth up to, and including, the Second World War. It is the statesman who in peace has to maintain—instruments capable of fighting at sea, bases for their use, a seafaring population, shipping to transport goods and armies, a shipbuilding industry and those maritime rights without which it is shorn of its strength.
SEA POWER IN THE MODERN WORLD by Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond:  In view of the importance of the forthcoming Naval Conference and of the naval discussions preceding it and to enable the public to realise their significance, the issues at stake, and their bearing on the question of disarmament, Sir Herbert Richmond has written this non-technical survey of the whole question of sea power in the modern (1934) world.
Rebuilding the ROYAL NAVY - Warship Design since 1945 by David K. Brown & George Moore- with line drawings by John Roberts: This design history of post-war British warship development, based on both declassified documentation and personal experience, is the fourth and final volume in the author's masterly account of the development of Royal Navy's ships from the 1850s to the Falklands War.
OUR SEA POWER:  IT’S STORY AND ITS MEANING by H. W. Household.  With foreword By Admiral The Lord Beresford; Mr Household's work opens with a general survey of the influence of Sea Power in the development of the earlier empires in history, and proceeds to develop in a clear and effective way the essential importance of command of the sea to the growth and maintenance of  Imperial Power.
In The Navy in the Post-War World Dr.Colin Gray delves deeply into the role of sea power as an enabling agent and team player in the overall enterprise of national and international security. He provides the most current assessment of what sea and space power mean for each other as well as envisioning the future of maritime-oriented defense.
This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of power projection ashore. Michael Evans describes all aspects of amphibious operations from planning to execution, including such elements as ship design, command and control and fire support for the landing force. With reference to many previous operations from Gallipoli to Grenada, he demonstrates how they can he the key to unlock military stalemate, if properly conceived and executed.
The Rise and Fall of the British Navy is an eloquent indictment of successive government neglect of the Senior Service since 1945.
The maritime dimension of Western European security is often ignored even though, as Eric Grove writes, " . . . without the 'Atlantic', NATO quite literally falls apart". This study brings the subject up to date, analysing the current strategic configuration and how this might develop in the near future.
This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of power projection ashore. Michael Evans describes all aspects of amphibious operations from planning to execution, including such elements as ship design, command and control and fire support for the landing force. With reference to many previous operations from Gallipoli to Grenada, he demonstrates how they can he the key to unlock military stalemate, if properly conceived and executed.

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