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Post by Andy H » 12 Jul 2015 22:47

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The Royal Navy and Soviet Seapower, 1930-1950:
Intelligence, Naval Cooperation and Antagonism

British estimates of Soviet seapower from 1930 to 1950 covered three main phases. These were primarily
characterised by pre-war suspicion of Communism and the Soviet Union, enforced wartime naval
cooperation from June 1941 until the end of the Second World War and, finally, a shift towards Cold War
antagonism.
It is argued that the Admiralty's Naval Intelligence Division was able to collect sufficient data to maintain
a credible intelligence picture of the Soviet Navy's order of battle and war-fighting capabilities, thereby
allowing informed decision-making in London. In general, the United Kingdom considered that the Red
Navy was poorly equipped and trained, and that it posed little threat to British interests. This was borne
out by the Soviet Union's poor employment of seapower during the war.
Knowledge of the Soviet Navy was always difficult to obtain. However, a major finding of this thesis is
that the wartime Anglo-Soviet alliance allowed British naval representatives in the USSR unprecedented
access to Russian warships, facilities and commanders. Though the basing of a naval mission in Russia
was principally intended to assist in the common fight against Nazi Germany and to promote liaison
between the Royal and Soviet Navies, especially with regard to the Arctic convoys, the British also took
the opportunity to examine the maritime forces of their long-standing Communist rival at close quarters.
It is contended, therefore, that improved intelligence on the Soviet Navy was made possible by wartime
naval collaboration. To examine this assertion, relevant naval aspects of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-
1945 are covered in detail in the thesis.
After 1945, the Red fleets required some time for consolidation before expansion was possible. The Soviet
Navy remained an intelligence target, but British wartime assessments largely held good to the end of the decade
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Post by Andy H » 12 Jul 2015 22:50

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Hope this is of some interest,
Britain's Secret Intelligence Service in Asia during the Second World War
by Richard J. Aldrich


http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/ ... as.sis.pdf

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Post by Andy H » 12 Jul 2015 23:11

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THE POLITICAL WARFARE EXECUTIVE" A re-evaluation
based upon the intelligence work of the German Section
by Pauline Elkes
http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/6022/1/300173.pdf

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Post by Eugen Pinak » 15 Jul 2015 11:00

Relations between the Army and the Royal Airforce 1918-1939 - http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin= ... hos.291189

The development of Britain's airborne forces during the Second World War - http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin= ... hos.514015


The Red Army and the Terror - http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin= ... hos.581603

Attrition : its theory and application in German strategy, 1880-1916 - http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin= ... hos.322708

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War Planning and Strategic Development in the Royal Navy, 1887-1918 by Shawn T Grimes
Abstract
This dissertation examines the Royal Navy's war planning and strategic
evolution from the late Victorian era into the First World War. It demonstrates that a
definitive planning trend existed throughout the period which was consistently
legitimised by several factors: the study of naval history. manoeuvres, European power
politics, procurement, and individual talent. The technological/strategic challenges
posed by a perceived Franco-Russian naval threat during the late nineteenth century led
to the evolution of a strategy entailing the observational blockade of an enemy's ports
and offensive operations between 1888-1905. Based in the Naval Intell igence
Department (NID), planning was influenced by the historical revitalisation of Britain's
naval past and its application to contemporary technical/strategic dilemmas. As de facto
planning staff until 1909, the NID modified this dual observational/offensive strategy
for war against Wilhelmine Germany. Under Admiral Sir John Fisher, planning aimed
at Germany's naval and commercial assets in the Baltic intensified and was utilised as
a deterrent to counter aggressive German foreign policy after 1904. Conversely, the
Scandinavian neutrality dilemma, 1905-1908, exerted a strong influence on the
Admiralty'S strategic policy. Responding to the potential closure of the Baltic entrances,
Fisher initiated the Admiralty's first "official" war plans in 1907-08. The primary
contingencies involved a distant/observational blockade or an offensive Baltic descent
which ensured the Navy could still pursue a direct campaign against Germany's
economic and naval assets. Despite internal dissension, external probes into Admiralty
policy, and increased centralisation in strategic matters after 1908. this dual strategy
remained in place into the First World War. During the war, operational realities
associated with the North Sea stalemate and German submarine depredations, ironically,
rejuvenated offensive designs from the 1904-1908 period alongside the stable economic
pressure exerted by the distant blockade until 1918.
https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/files/ ... 408275.pdf

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Post by Andy H » 22 Oct 2015 12:21

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Smart Mining without Smart Mines (Second World War British Operations in the Baltic) by WJR Gardner
Introduction
In the latter years of the Second World War the British secured a very considerable victory
over the last important German naval effort. This is hardly known about now in even quite
enlightened historical circles. The reasons for this can be speculated about later. What is
clear, however, is that the potential of an important series of technological breakthroughs by
the Germans in submarine warfare was not achieved and this was largely, if not entirely, as
the result of well informed and intelligent application of force to the problem. In particular
the defeat of a new and revolutionary type of submarine was achieved in large part not by
technological wizardry of the same order but by the humble and often overlooked mine.

A Debate
But this was not necessarily understood by all even then. Two important voices can be
brought to bear against the hypothesis in the opening paragraph: Grossadmiral Dönitz and
Frederick Barley. The first will be a familiar name but most will not recognise the second.
His worth lies in being one of the authors of the seminal Admiralty Naval Staff History on
the Battle of the Atlantic
. It would thus appear that these are both candidates to be listened
to: principal victim and most authoritative chronicler.
Full article here:- http://www.ijnhonline.org/wp-content/up ... _aug07.pdf

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Post by Andy H » 22 Nov 2015 20:24

The Air Intelligence Symposium No 7
http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/R ... igence.pdf

The Other Ultra: Signal Intelligence and the Battle to Supply Rommel’s Attack toward Suez by O'Hara & Cernuschi
https://www.usnwc.edu/getattachment/1f4 ... Battl.aspx

Re-discovering the Operational Level: Army Co- operation Command and Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-43 by Powell, Matthew
http://bjmh.org.uk/index.php/bjmh/article/view/84/67

Qualified, but unprepared: Training for War at the Staff College in the 1930s by Smalley, Edward
http://bjmh.org.uk/index.php/bjmh/article/view/70/53

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Post by Andy H » 22 Nov 2015 23:55

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British First World War Tank Doctrine
http://www.da.mod.uk/Research-Publicati ... k-Doctrine

British Cavalry on the Western Front 1916-1918 by Kenyon, David
https://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/bits ... rected.pdf

Early efforts at a strategic bombing campaign by units of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps led to the creation of the Independent Force, Royal Air Force on 6 June 1918. Made up of both day and night bombing squadrons, the Independent Force was based in the Metz-Nancy region, well to the south of the British sector of the Western Front.
http://www.da.mod.uk/Research-Publicati ... dent-Force

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Post by Attrition » 23 Nov 2015 13:15

Inceoglu C. Dunsterforce in Baku: A Case Study in British Imperial/Interventionist Foreign Policy with Respect to Transcaucasia 1917–1918 MA http://www.thesis.bilkent.edu.tr/0006044.pdf 2012 The Department of History İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University Ankara

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RV Jones and the Birth of Scientific Intelligence
https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/bit ... sequence=4

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Post by The Ibis » 01 Jan 2016 20:23

Here a few from Wilfrid Laurier University's website. Sorry if any repeat from earlier in the thread.

Commanding the Green Centre Line in Normandy: A Case Study of Division Command in the Second World War, Angelo N. Caravaggio: http://scholars.wlu.ca/cgi/viewcontent. ... ontext=etd

Operational research in RAF Bomber Command, 1941-1945 (Britain), Randall Thomas Wakelam: http://scholars.wlu.ca/cgi/viewcontent. ... ontext=etd

Golden Pheasants and Eastern Kings: The German District Administration in the Occupied Soviet Union, 1941–1944, Stephen A. Connor: http://scholars.wlu.ca/cgi/viewcontent. ... ontext=etd

More can be found here: http://scholars.wlu.ca/hist_etd/
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Post by Andy H » 02 Jan 2016 14:21

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U-Boats in the Bay of Biscay: an Essay in Operational Analysis by Brian McCue
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a229582.pdf

The whole book is available for free download (218pages)

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Post by Andy H » 02 Jan 2016 14:34

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Thank you to those that have added yet more links.
Index has been updated and were now at 116

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Post by Andy H » 02 Jan 2016 16:33

THE ITALIAN SUBMARINE FORCE IN THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: LEFT
IN THE DARK, by LCDR Kevin M. Moeller, 99 pages.
As we reflect on World War II, our minds are often drawn to the atrocities of genocide,
and graphic depictions of Nazi Concentration camps throughout Europe. Others reflect on
the near 30 million deaths, civilian and military, that occurred in the fierce, destructive
battles on the Eastern Front. Few reflect on the “largest, longest, and most complex Naval
battle in history,” the Battle of the Atlantic. This study analyzed the Battle of the Atlantic
from September of 1939 to May of 1945. While studies of the Battle of the Atlantic have
traditionally focused on the German submarine offensive, this thesis evaluated the
effectiveness of the Italian submarine force as a force multiplier to the German offensive
during both coordinated and independent submarine operations (in the Atlantic) from
October 1940 to July 1943. This study found that while the Italians provided capable
submarines to the German High Command for use in the Atlantic, they were largely
ineffective during coordinated operations from October 1940 to May 1941. The research
concluded that ineffective coordinated operations resulted from inadequate joint training
prior to the conduct of coordinated operations and a failure by the German High
Command to treat Italy as a capable ally. Although ineffective during coordinated
operations, the Italian submarine force did show improved performance during
independent operations from June 1941 to July 1943.
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a613508.pdf

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