Jutland: The Naval Staff Appreciation

Jutland: The Naval Staff AppreciationJutland: The Naval Staff Appreciation by William Schleihauf
ISBN: 9781848323193
Published by Seaforth Publishing on December 31, 2016
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Naval, General
Pages: 352

I include this title with some reluctance, as I contributed some of the text and prepared the book for publication after the death of my friend, Bill Schleihauf. Nevertheless, I think it rates as an important work on the battle. The core of this book is a secret appreciation of the battle, written after the war by a pair of Royal Navy officers and suppressed because of its extreme criticism of Admiral Jellicoe. Despite its suppression, it has been used by a number subsequent historians (including Arthur J. Marder) and so has played an important part in the historiography of the battle. The notes added by Schleihauf and McLaughlin supplement the original text and point out its errors, and a collection of valuable documents is appended.

FULL DISCLOSURE: As noted above, I added some text and prepared the manuscript for publication, so I am not an unbiased reviewer!

(Notes by Steve McLaughlin)

From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, 1904-1919

From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, 1904-1919From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow by Arthur J Marder
ISBN: 9781473841888
Published by Seaforth Publishing on June 13, 2014
Genres: History, Military, Naval, World War I
Pages: 425

In 5 volumes: vol. I: The Road to War, 1904-1914; vol. II: The War Years to the Eve of Jutland; vol. III: Jutland and After (May 1916-December 1916) (second edition, revised and enlarged); vol. IV: 1917, Year of Crisis; vol. V: Victory and Aftermath, January 1918–June 1919. London: Oxford University Press, 1961, 1978; a paperback edition, with introductions to each volume by Barry Gough, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2014.

Long the standard work on the topic, Marder’s volumes have in recent years been subjected to some criticism; yet the work still stands as a monumental contribution to the field, and no reader interested in the history of the Great War at sea can ignore it. The recent reissue in paperback makes it possible to obtain at a reasonable price what had become a rare set.

(Notes by Steve McLaughlin)

Warships of the Great War Era (A History of Ship Models)

Warships of the Great War Era (A History of Ship Models)Warships of the Great War Era (A History of Ship Models) by David Hobbs
ISBN: 1591141907
Published by Seaforth Publishing on October 15th 2014
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Models, Naval
Pages: 128

Len's Summary: Photographs highlighting design details of dozens of WWI Royal navy scale models from dreadnoughts to motor torpedo boats in the collection of The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Amazing detail for the modeler or student of naval architecture. Five stars.

Sailor in the Air: The Memoirs of the World’s First Carrier Pilot

Sailor in the Air: The Memoirs of the World’s First Carrier PilotSailor in the Air: The Memoirs of the World's First Carrier Pilot by Richard Bell Davies
ISBN: 9781848320116
Published by Seaforth Publishing on March 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 264

Len's Summary: Davis won the VC as a Royal Navy Air Wing pilot during WWI.

The Grand Fleet: Warship Design and Development, 1906-1922

The Grand Fleet: Warship Design and Development, 1906-1922The Grand Fleet: Warship Design and Development, 1906-1922 ISBN: 9781848320857
Published by Seaforth Publishing on July 30th 2010
Genres: History, Europe, Great Britain, Military, Naval, Transportation, Ships & Shipbuilding, Pictorial
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: The Royal Navy dreadnoughts that fought WWI. Sequel to the highly acclaimed Warrior to Dreadnought.

Naval Weapons of World War One: Guns, Torpedoes, Mines, and ASW Weapons of All Nations: An Illustrated Directory

Naval Weapons of World War One: Guns, Torpedoes, Mines, and ASW Weapons of All Nations: An Illustrated DirectoryNaval Weapons of World War One: Guns, Torpedoes, Mines, and ASW Weapons of All Nations: An Illustrated Directory by Norman Friedman
ISBN: 9781848321007
Published by Seaforth Publishing on December 12th 2011
Genres: General, Illustrated, Military, Naval
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: A valuable resource book on naval weapons used by all the belligerents and by several neutral powers, as well.