RN and RM Reading list

Guns

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This thread is for people to suggest reading material for those connected to the RN and RM, it will be moderated strongly to keep it on track.

Can be a book, web page or blog.

Example:

"On Killing" and "On Combat" by Lt Col Dave Grossman

Both books deal with the science and psychology of killing, not in an abstract manner but the effects or and how to train someone to kill. It gives the reader an understanding of what it takes, the way of training out the moral repulsion to kill and importantly the ways that professional who may have to kill in the line of duty can cope with it.

or

Blog - Thin Pinstriped Line

Written by an ARRSE poster it covers major defence issues providing an alternative view to MSM.



So please feel free to add your thoughts.
 
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rampant

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Er just add the books as we go, or do you want to collate them into something that resembles a thematic bibliography eg: Maritime Strategy, "Maritime History - RN£, "Martime History - War of 1812" etc etc etc, "Biography - Ships", "Biography - Commanders"

It would make for easier searching and you can copy them from the suggestions and group/post them in the final Bibliography

Starter:

Maritime History - Royal Navy:

N.A.M. Rodger The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, Vol 1: 660-1649
N.A.M. Rodger The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815
Ben Wilson Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy

Maritime Strategy

Corbett: Principles of Maritime Strategy
Mahan The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783
 

Guns

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I'm going collate them in to a Sticky but just need the bare bones of recommendations to I have something to work with.

Also there may be some changes to the forum software that will allow a much better way of indexing them.

Happy for people to list them as you have with categories so I can get them in an order of some sort.

A short description and own thoughts on relevance and usefulness (might be suited to senior vs junior personnel) etc.

Cheers for the initial posts
 

Pitswamper2

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2 by Brigadier Ian Gardiner RM, who was Adj at Lympstone during my Training, then OC X-Ray Coy, 45 Cdo RM during the Falklands unpleasantness.
'In the service of the Sultan', details Gardiner's early years in the RM and his secondment to the Sultan of Oman's Forces during the communist insurgency of the 60's-70's.
'The Yompers' concerns Gardiner's role in the Falklands as OC X-Ray Coy.
Both are told with Gardiner's biting sense of humour, an eye for detail and honesty.
I'd give both 5/5. But then I'm just impressed that a Royal can get anything more than a post oh ARRSE published.
Both are published by Pen and Sword Books and cost about £20.
 

rampant

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Cool here are the links to the USN, USMC and USCG Professional Development Reading Lists, many books on here, and it's good to see what others deem relevant:

Navy Reading | The Chief of Naval Operations professional reading program

Navy Reading List

COMMANDANT OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS OFFICIAL READING LIST

U.S. Coast Guard Reading List

And here's the RAN's: RAN Reading List | Royal Australian Navy this link cover the 2006 RAN Reading List and subsequent Yearly Supplements
And the Royal naval Museum provides these various lists: Reading Lists for Further Research | Online Information Bank | Research Collections | Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
 
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Wordsmith

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If you are interested in the source material join the Navy Records Society. They publish original documents in book form. As an example, for WW2 they have published a lot of the Ultra documents. One volume contains a lot of memos concerned with the technicalities of decoding; another has the weekly reports that were sent out from the Submarine Tacking Room.

As another example, for the Nelsonic era, they have published 'Logs of the Great Sea Fights' - these are transcripts of the ship's logs from the six fleet actions of the era - for example Camperdown and Trafalgar.

The Navy Records Society - Home

Membership is £40 a year for which you get the free volume for that year (they publish at 3 books per 2 years). You can also buy old volumes at a discounted price.

Wordsmith
 
Falklands Commando by Hugh McManners

Captain leading a Naval Gunfire support team, all 148 stuff

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Unscathed, by Major Phil Ashby RM. About his escape from rebels in Sierra Leone.

Commando, by Hugh McManners. The accompanying book to the TV series of the same name, about Royal Marine recruits and All Arms Commando Course working to get their Green Lids.

The Making Of A Royal Marine Commando by Nigel Foster. A good insight into the Corps, with chapters about recruit and officer training, SBS, Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre.

Commando, by Chris Terrill. In the same vein as Hugh McManners's book mentioned above, but written about 10 years later. Terrill was not an ex-Marine, or even ex-military, but he went on to do the Commando Course events, and got an honorary Green Lid.

First Into Action, by Duncan Falconer. Went SBS straight after recruit training at Lympstone, without first serving in a regular Commando unit.

Amongst The Marines, by Steven Preece. This is more to do with the barrack room culture in the Royal Marines.
 

hotel_california

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Anthony Hichens: Gunboat Commander.
"This biography draws heavily on the personal diaries of the subject, Robert Hichens (or 'Hitch' as he was universally known). After a brief description of his early life, time at Oxford, his motor racing achievements (including trophies at Le Mans in his Aston Martin) and RN training, the book focuses on his exceptional wartime experiences. Hitch was the most highly decorated RNVR officer of the war with two DSOs, three DSCs and three Mentions in Despatches. He was recommended for a posthumous VC. We read of his early days in vulnerable minesweepers and the Dunkirk 'Dynamo' operation, (his first DSC). In late 1940 he joined Coastal Forces serving in the very fast MGBs, soon earning his own command and shortly after command of his Flotilla. He was the first to capture an E-Boat. His successful leadership led to many more successes and his reputation as a fearless and dynamic leader remains a legend today. The book contains detailed and graphic accounts of running battles against the more heavily armed E-boats. Tragically he was killed in action in April 1943, having refused promotion and a job ashore."
ISBN: 1844156566
 

Imago

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2 by Brigadier Ian Gardiner RM, who was Adj at Lympstone during my Training, then OC X-Ray Coy, 45 Cdo RM during the Falklands unpleasantness.
'In the service of the Sultan', details Gardiner's early years in the RM and his secondment to the Sultan of Oman's Forces during the communist insurgency of the 60's-70's.
Gosh. He and his wife very kindly gave me a lift (in an ancient Ford Fiesta, I think!) into Edinburgh from a garden party do a couple of years ago, and he gave me a flier for the book. I bought it because he'd been very nice and it sits unread in a bookcase; I thought he was just some retired chap. Must address my failings in this regard!
 

jim30

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Anything by john winton, but particularly 'we joined the navy' series. Written in the late 1950s it sums up the mentality of an rn undergoing significant change and many of its lessons are still highly relevant to this day. It remains one of the funniest books i've ever read and the bodger is a fine role model!
More seriously his book 'hms leviathan' is a good fictional account of leadership and management which has many pertinent lessons for todays navy.


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hotel_california

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Brian Vale: The Audacious Admiral Cochrane.
 

rampant

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On War - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0691018545/?tag=armrumser-21
Some principles of Maritime Doctrine - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1843426226/?tag=armrumser-21
The Influence of Seapower upon history - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0486255093/?tag=armrumser-21
Utility of Force - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/014102044X/?tag=armrumser-21
Strategy For Action - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1908134003/?tag=armrumser-21
Out of the Mountains - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1849043248/?tag=armrumser-21
Wrong Turn - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1595588744/?tag=armrumser-21

Blair's Wars and British Generals - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1409437361/?tag=armrumser-21
One Bullet Away - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0753821877/?tag=armrumser-21
Generation Kill - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0552158933/?tag=armrumser-21
Thunder Run - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1843542838/?tag=armrumser-21
COBRA II - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1843543532/?tag=armrumser-21
Behavioural Conflict

JDP 1-00 Campaigning
JDP 3-00 Campaign Execution
JDP 5-00 Campaign Planning
JDP 0-10 British Maritime Doctrine

Fighting for Peace - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1860465129/?tag=armrumser-21
In the eye of the storm - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0340682450/?tag=armrumser-21
100 Days - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007436408/?tag=armrumser-21
Lewin of Greenwich - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AFWLIF4/?tag=armrumser-21

Brown Water, Black Berets - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1557501963/?tag=armrumser-21
Destroyer Command - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1591148499/?tag=armrumser-21

Anatomy of Courage - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1845294866/?tag=armrumser-21
Gunboat Commander - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1844156567/?tag=armrumser-21
Battle of the Narrow Seas - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1848320353/?tag=armrumser-21
British Pacific Fleet - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1848320485/?tag=armrumser-21
Defeat into Victory - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0330509977/?tag=armrumser-21
Slim: Master of War - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/184529226X/?tag=armrumser-21
Rules of the Game - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1591143365/?tag=armrumser-21
Dreadnought - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0099524023/?tag=armrumser-21
Castles of Steel - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0099523787/?tag=armrumser-21

Red Storm Rising - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0006173624/?tag=armrumser-21
 
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Try reading the first post. Serious part of site, strongly moderated.
 
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