Rumours abound that the Royal Navy is to gut its globally respected Operational Sea Training organisation in order to reallocate cash across defence. It is not simply the UK’s martial reputation that would be at stake; the evidence states that operational sea training is a crucial asset on which the Royal Navy should not skimp.
Following the election victory of Sebastian Kurz, some are wondering if the Austrian model could be copied across the border in Germany. Kurz’s admirers might want to consider the dangers involved following such a model.
Michael S Neiberg reviews Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World: From Troy to Courtrai, 1200 BC–1320 AD and Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World: 1588–1943, From the Armada to Stalingrad, edited by Beatrice G Heuser and Athena S Leoussi.
The 50th anniversary of the day that British troops first deployed to Northern Ireland offers an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Operation Banner, and whether the security forces contributed to the troubles or prevented them.