The war to end all wars, apparently

This coming week marks the 108th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a war that was meant to be over in just a few months but where the fighting did not end until November 1918. The death toll was apocalyptic, particularly on the Western Front that ran from the Channel coast to … More The war to end all wars, apparently

A memorial to the United States Marine Corps in New Zealand

It’s the anniversary once again of the 1941 Japanese attack on the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor – and of their simultaneous assault on the Malayan peninsula. So began the rather inaptly named Pacific War – an oxymoron, for the fighting spread from the central Pacific to India, from China to northern Australia. And … More A memorial to the United States Marine Corps in New Zealand

Remembering the tragic outbreak of Britain’s Pacific war

It’s 76 years this week since the Pacific war exploded across the British and their Commonwealth – a moment timed by the Japanese to coincide with the attack on US forces in Pearl Harbor, on the other side of the date line. The shock was compounded a few days later by the ill-fated sortie from … More Remembering the tragic outbreak of Britain’s Pacific war

Naval history is all about people… and people…

I’ve been writing this year for a US website, Navy General Board – a site dedicated to naval history over the past century or so, and to various issues on matters naval. My professional background in that field extends back decades. Some of my post-grad work involved academic studies of various matters naval – including … More Naval history is all about people… and people…