Britain’s last battleships – at last

All empires, it seems, decline and fall, often disgracefully. The one exception is the British Empire, which faded away in a quite civil manner by comparison with the usual way these entities collapse. It happened during the twentieth century, largely on the back of two world wars that effectively bankrupted Britain. By 1945 – when … More Britain’s last battleships – at last

This week’s feature book cover – Blue Water Kiwis

This year a whole series of my older print books have been brought back into print as second editions. They’ve come with new covers – strongly branded, themed, and to my mind highly evocative of the subject matter. I featured the first of them a couple of weeks back. Here’s another. I wrote it way … More This week’s feature book cover – Blue Water Kiwis

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