This first edition published 1997
by Sutton Publishing Limited in association with the ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM
Sir Edward Ashmore, one of the key figures in the post-war history of the Royal Navy, rose to the highest rank in his chosen profession and later became Chief of the Defence Staff. In this his autobiography he gives a vivid insight into the life of an aspiring naval officer in the 1950s and 60s, and the preoccupations of high command during the 1970s.
The Battle and the Breeze sheds much new light on many key aspects of post- 1945 naval policy, such as the controversy surrounding CVA01 (the fleet carrier replacement programme), the crucial decision to procure the Sea Harrier, the lack of airborne early warning at the time of the Falklands war, and the Chevaline and Type 22 programmes. Ashmore also makes fair and sound judgements on his contemporaries such as Lord Louis Mountbatten.
Not only does The Battle and the Breeze make an important contribution to our understanding of recent naval policy, but it is also potentially the most significant naval historical autobiography of the post- 1945 period.
The Editor (From jacket)
ERIC GROVE is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Security Studies at Hull University. He has previously held appointments at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and was visiting professor at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, USA. He is the author of seven books on naval strategy, including Vanguard to Trident: British Naval Policy Since World War Two.
List of Contents:
1. Launched 1919-39
2. War — from Hull Docks to Tokyo Bay 1939-45
3. To Moscow and Back 1945-53
4. South-East Asia to Northern Europe 1953-9
5. Mediterranean to Caribbean via Whitehall 1959-65
6. Flag Officer and Board Member 1965-71
7. Fleet Command 1971-4
8. First Sea Lord 1974-7
9. Chief of Defence Staff 1977
Book's condition and details:
A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine - pages and contents as new - so condition FINE in an unclipped FINE condition dust wrapper. A very nice perfect copy - ‘As New’!
Admiral Ashford's obituary loosely inserted.
Weight unwrapped 501 grams
Weight wrapped for postage < 750 grams.
159 pages. 245 mm. x 187 mmm. x 10 mm.
Price: £35.00 including U.K. postage.
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