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Dedications
 

This site is partly dedicated to my father, Ordnance Artificer George Smith (left, at Gibraltar in 1942, before Malta convoy Operation 'Pedestal'), lost in the sinking of HMS Charybdis off the Brittany coast on 23rd October 1943. Few men survived and just a handful of bodies were washed ashore on Guernsey. When they were buried by the German authorities, thousand's of Channel Islander's attended, and ever since, Guernsey has commemorated the cruiser's loss, usually with a Royal Navy guardship present - an unusual honour given the thousands of British warships and auxiliaries sunk in two World Wars alone.

 

In 2003, Guernsey Post issued this stamp (©Guernsey Post Limited 2003) bearing a painting of HMS Charybdis as well as Hunt-class escort destroyer HMS Limbourne, torpedoed at the same time (by T-type small destroyers, not E-boats as often described). I am grateful to Guernsey Post for permission to reproduce this rather beautiful stamp.

 

Naval-History.Net is also dedicated to my grandfather, Chief Yeoman of Signals George Smith DSM. He joined the Royal Navy in 1904, and was sunk twice in World War 1 - destroyer HMS Medusa and cruiser HMS Cassandra. Post-war, he served with the North Russian Expeditionary Force 1919, cruised the Baltic in 1921, served on HMS Curlew on the America & West Indies Station 1922-25 and HMS Durban on the China Station in 1926-28. He joined the Royal Naval Shore Signal Service in 1928 and served as a Chief Officer through World War 2 and on to 1948.

 

He was an early and avid photographer, and perhaps because of his experiences as a Signalman, a natural communicator. A lovely man, I am proud to make all his work available on the Internet. He would have appreciated and understood the value of the Web.


Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net, 1998

 

 

To the many families across the world, American, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and others, who shared their homes with the men and women of the Royal Navy throughout World War 2

 


When HMS Rodney was being refitted in Boston in mid-1941, members of the crew were entertained by local families. This includes Bill Patterson, Louie and Reggie Pope (all above) staying with the great grandmother of Deb Cruse - with thanks to Deb, 14 Feb 2012

 
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Naval-History.Net started in 1998 with books written by Gordon Smith:
 

'an invaluable reference book on the war at sea  .... as well as an informative guide to naval strategy', Lloyds List
see
Royal, Dominion & Allied Navies in World War 2, Month-by-Month across all Theatres


'contributed tremendously to my knowledge of the war', Francois Heisbourg, Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
see
Battle Atlas of the Falklands War 1982 by Land, Sea and Air

'excellent source for naval history of the First and Second World Wars, campaign summaries and more.' - Imperial War Museum (London)

 

'arguable the best military history site currently online .....' - BBC family history magazine Who Do You Think You Are


'Having visited the site I am aware first hand of its quality, likewise Chris Page, Head of my Naval Historical Branch is hugely impressed ..... Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, then First Sea Lord



 

Since its early days, Naval-History.Net has been considerably enlarged and enriched by the researches of Don Kindell from the United States, the late Lt-Cdr Geoff Mason RN, and other contributors whose names will be found on the pages they helped make available. Over the 30 or more years, Don and Geoff produced an estimated total of 15,000 pages of work, most of which is now online. You can find out more in:

 

Naval History and the Internet - the Story on One Site

 

Note on Naval-History.Net sources

the late Lt-Cdr Geoff Mason RN and researcher Don Kindell

 
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Naval-History.Net-related Books
 

Based on British and Other Navies Day-by-Day 1939-1942, Ship Movements, Actions and Losses

by Don Kindell


The multi-volume WORLD WAR II SEA WAR by Don Bertke, Don Kindell, Gordon Smith. Starting with the already voluminous researches of Don Kindell, Don Bertke has compiled and further enlarged the work to present a highly detailed account of the War at Sea, Day-by-Day across all theatres. Click images for enlargements.
     

Volume 1: The Nazis Strike First,  August 1939 to March 1940
 
Volume 2: France Falls, Britain Stands Alone, April to September 1940
     

Volume 3: The Royal Navy is Bloodied in the Mediterranean, October 1940 to May 1941
 
Volume 4: Germany Sends Russia to the Allies, June to November 1941
 

from Royal & Dominion Navy Casualties 1914-2008 by Name and Date/Ship, compiled using Admiralty Death Ledgers, Admiralty Communiqués, and other Official sources, by Don Kindell

Foreword by Capt Christopher Page RN Rtd, ex-Head, Naval Historical Branch, MOD

   
 

ROYAL NAVY ROLL of HONOUR, WORLD WAR 1, Part 1 - by Name by Don Kindell. Includes Dominion Navies, Royal Navy Division, Royal Marines

     
 

ROYAL NAVY ROLL of HONOUR, WORLD WAR 1, Part 2 - by Date and Ship/Unit by Don Kindell. Part 1 is in effect the index to this Part 2, which identifies ships sunk and damaged, land battles, how killed or died etc

     
 

Joint runner-up in the

2010 Mountbatten Award of the Maritime Foundation

ROYAL NAVY ROLL of HONOUR, BETWEEN THE WARS 1918-1939 - by Name, by Date/Ship by Don Kindell.

     
 
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NAVAL and MILITARY CAMPAIGN SUMMARIES of WORLD WAR 2
by Type of Warfare, Navies, Theatres


  Background
  Naval & Military Technology
  Atom Bombs, Codes, Conferences, Politics, Rockets, War Crimes
   
  Types of Warfare
  Aircraft Carrier Warfare
  Amphibious Operations
  Actions involving Coastal, Inshore and Special Naval Warfare
  Actions involving Mine Warfare and Mine Vessels
  British Navy at Beginning and End of World War 2
  Royal Navy Battle Honours - linked to campaign summaries
  British Submarines at War
  United States Navy prepares for War, 1939-1941
  German Surface Navy at War
  German U-boats at War
  Italian Navy at War
   
  THEATRES


  Atlantic & Arctic
  Atlantic & Europe at the Start
  Battle of the Atlantic - Battles & Warship Losses
  Battle of the Atlantic - Development
  Russian Convoys
   
  Western & Eastern Europe
  Western Europe 1939-June 1944
  Norway, including the Norwegian Campaign 1940
  Battles of Britain
  Eastern Europe & Russian Front
  Normandy Landings, June 1944
  Western Europe, June 1944-1945, incl. South of France Landings
   
  Mediterranean area
  Mediterranean, East Africa & Near East at the Start
  Balkans, Greece & Crete, incl. 1943 British Aegean Campaign
  East Africa, Red Sea, Near East
  North African Campaigns, incl. French North African Landings
  British Navy in the Mediterranean, incl. Malta Convoys
  Italian Campaign, incl. Sicily, Salerno & Anzio Landings
  South of France, and Landings, August 1944
   
  Indian & Pacific Oceans
  Indian & Pacific Oceans at the Start
  Japanese Conquests
  Indian Ocean & SE Asia, incl Burma
  Pacific Ocean Campaigns

Australian, British & New Zealand Navies in the Pacific
 





HOME FLEET, Commander-in-Chief

 

  April-December 1942
January-December 1943
January-December 1944
January-July 1945
     
Home Fleet, BATTLECRUISER SQUADRON
  March-December 1940 (including HMS Renown's engagement with German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, 9 April 1940)
     
Home Fleet, CRUISER SQUADRONS (CS)   CS1 - March-August 1940
CS2 - March-December 1940
CS10 - September-December 1940
CS15 - July-December 1940
CS18 - March-December 1940
CS20 (or AA Ships) - May-June 1940
     
Home Fleet, DESTROYER COMMAND   March-September 1940
April-December 1942
January-December 1943
January-December 1944 
   
Home Fleet, SUBMARINES
March-September 1940
(including Norwegian Campaign)



Home Fleet, ROSYTH COMMAND

November 1939



NORTH ATLANTIC COMMAND, GIBRALTAR   April-December 1942
     
WEST AFRICA COMMAND, FREETOWN   April-December 1942
January-April 1943
     
SOUTH AFRICA and SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND, CAPETOWN   January-December 1941
January-February 1942
     
MEDITERRANEAN FLEET   April-December 1942
     
MALTA COMMAND   January-December 1941
April-December 1942
     
LEVANT COMMAND
  September-November 1943
     
EAST INDIES FLEET
  c April 1940 to c May 1941
December 1941-March 1942 (Admiral Layton diaries) January-March 1942
     
EASTERN FLEET
  Report of Proceedings 1942 (covers missing months of 1942)
April-June, December (only) 1942
January-December 1943
January to April 1944 (May to November 1944 not available), December 1944
January to October 1945
     
BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET   February-July 1945 (excluding Operation Iceberg - but see HMS King George V's story - British Pacific Fleet operations off Okinawa in Operation Iceberg)
August-October 1945 (Occupation of China coast)
December 1945-June 1946
     
REPORTS
 
 

Norwegian Campaign - Allied Landing Plans, Operation R.4, April 1940


Bombing attack on HMS Glasgow, 9 April 1940


Bombing attack on HMS Gurkha and sinking, 9 April 1940


Stavanger Bombardment (Operation Duck) and near loss of HMS Suffolk 17 April 1940

 

Operation Aerial, June 1940


 HMS Khartoum - Loss due to defective air vessel, 23rd June 1940

     

     


ROYAL NAVY LOG BOOKS OF THE WORLD-WAR 1 ERA

350,000 pages transcribed, all 318 ships now online, including Battle of the Falklands, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, East Africa, China Station.

Click here for brief details of all 318 ships

 


UNITED STATES LOG BOOKS OF THE 19th & 20th CENTURIES

ships of the United States Navy, US Revenue/Coast Guard Service and US Coast & Geodetic Survey, many in the Arctic and Pacific.

Go to OldWeather.org to help with transcribing.

 

An "Old Weather" Citizen Science Project involving thousands of people working together on the internet to transcribe weather and naval data. A collaboration that includes Zooniverse, University of Oxford, British Meteorological Office, US National Archives, US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and Naval-History.Net

as reported in "Scientific American"

The project, led by Dr Philip Brohan of the Met Office was awarded "The 2012 IBM Award for Meteorological Innovation that Matters" by the Royal Meteorological Society

 



HMS Swiftsure, battleship (Photo Ships)


USC&GSS Explorer (NOAA)








Pre-WORLD WAR 1






BACKGROUND


Road to War, Franco-Prussian War to Sarajevo, 1871-1914
Navy Records Society and The Naval Review - includes archives relating to pre-World War 1






THOSE WHO SERVED


Royal Navy Casualties, Submarines and Submarine Depot Ships, 1902-1914 by Don Kindell





SHIPS and NAVIES


Royal Navy Ship Deployments 1897, Year of the Diamond Jubilee Review
Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments, 1900-1914, both by Dr Graham Watson
Log Books of Selected Ships, 1913-1914

Rise of the Dreadnought Battleship, 1906 to 1914

Expansion and Organisation of the Imperial German Navy 1897-1918 - A Note






WORLD WAR 1, 1914-1918


Official Histories, Royal Navy Despatches and Medals, Royal Navy and US Navy Casualties, Ships and Navies






BACKGROUND, MAINLY FROM CONTEMPORARY SOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Victoria Cross fishing
smack HMS Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

CHRONOLOGY: POLITICAL and MILITARY BACKGROUND to the WAR AT SEA.

Rearranged from HMSO "Principal Events, 1914-1918", with plans, images and links to despatches

Part 1, August 1914-December 1915

Part 2, January-December 1916

Part 3, January-December 1917

Part 4, January-December 1918

 

The Official British Histories

 

 

HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR - NAVAL OPERATIONS

by Sir Julian S Corbett and Henry Newbolt, including plans within volume

Volume 1, August to December 1914 (Heligoland, Coronel, Falklands)

Volume 2, December 1914 to Spring 1915 (Dogger Bank, Suez Attack, Dardanelles and Gallipoli)

- with maps from front and rear pockets

Volume 3, Spring 1915 to June 1916 (Gallipoli evacuation, Jutland)

 - includes maps and diagrams from separate case

Volume 4, June 1916 to April 1917 (after Jutland, overseas campaigns, Mediterranean, German raiders, build-up to unrestricted U-boat warfare)

Volume 5, April 1917 to November 1918 (unrestricted U-boat campaign, Zeebrugge and Ostend, North Russia, armistice )

Volume 5, Appendices (U-boat campaign summaries, Royal Navy strength, ships losses and casualties)

 



..... and in support


NAVAL CAMPAIGN and BATTLE MAPS of WORLD WAR 1

from mainly contemporary sources, including "Naval Operations" with all Jutland charts - an ongoing project

 

Royal Navy Battle Honours and Single-Ship Actions, 1914-1918

with the ships - by name, type and honour


Grand Fleet, 1914-1916 - It's Creation, Development & Work by Admiral Viscount Jellicoe

Navy Records Society and The Naval Review - archives relating to World War 1
 

 

HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR - THE MERCHANT NAVY

 by Sir Archibald Hurd

Volume 1, 1914 to Spring 1915 (German surface raiders, first appearance of U-boats, sinking of "Lusitania")

Volume 2, Summer 1915 to early 1917 (early submarine campaigns, Auxiliary Patrol etc)

Volume 3, Spring 1917 to November 1918 (unrestricted U-boat warfare, Merchant Navy equipped to fight back etc)

 

from the London Gazette - August 1914 to December 1920

 

 

ROYAL NAVY DESPATCHES

London Gazette editions

  28861-29654 (August 1914-July 1916) - 29680-31063 (July 1916-December 1918) - 31189-31970 (January 1919-December 1920)



ARMY DESPATCHES
with accounts of Naval operations and roles


28861-29604 (August 1914-May 1916) - 29623-30447 (June 1916-December 1917) - 30462-32156 (January 1918-December 1920)

 

 

 

ROYAL NAVY MEDALS - HONOURS and GALLANTRY AWARDS

1. Medal Index by Name, Award, London Gazette edition - Abbas to Hyslop - Ibbotson to Rymer - Sabin to Zanelli

 

2. by Award - AM, BEM, CB, CBE, CGM, CIE, CSI, CVO, DCM, DFC, DFM, DSC, DSM, DSO, EM, GBE, GCB, GCIE, GCMG, GCSI, GCVO, ISM, ISO, IDSM, KBE, KCB, KCIE, KCSI, KCMG, KCVO, LVO, MBE, MID, MC, MM, MSM, MVO, OBE, OM, RD, RRC, VC, VD

 

3. Awards by London Gazette editions

 

4. Foreign Medals and Decorations Awarded to Royal Navy

 

 

Royal Navy Ships Receiving Naval Salvage and Prize Bounty Money

 

World War 1 - A Maritime War

World War 1 - Documentaries & Films, 1914 to 2008

 

Statistical Tables Relating to the War (included in the Royal Navy Estimates 1919-20)

CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTS


Grand Fleet, 1914-1916 - It's Creation, Development & Work by Admiral Viscount Jellicoe

Crisis of the Naval War (1917) by Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Jellicoe
Dover Patrol (1915-1917), Vol I (mainly Belgian coast) & II (Dover Straits) by Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon
Memories by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher

Navy Records Society and The Naval Review - archives relating to World War 1


Secret Boarding Party Papers - A Tribute to the Tenth Cruiser Squadron, Northern Patrol, 1914-1917

Navy Everywhere, by Conrad Gato - the RN in Africa, E. Europe, Middle East

Navy in Mesopotamia, also by Conrad Gato - fact and fiction, and amusing

 

Victory at Sea (U.S. Navy at war, 1917-18) by Rear-Admiral William Sims, U.S. Navy

On the Coast of France: United States Naval Forces in French Waters by Joseph Husband, Ensign, USNRF

The United States Marine Corps in the World War by Edwin N. McClellan, Major, U. S. Marines

Chronology of US Marine Corps in the World War, arranged by Gordon Smith


Germany's High Seas Fleet in the Great War by Admiral Reinhard Scheer
My Memoirs, Volume II by Grand Admiral von Tirpitz (with appendix on U-boat development) 

 

   
 

   

THOSE WHO SERVED































 

ROYAL & DOMINION NAVY CASUALTIES, 1914-1918
by Name and Date/Ship, including Royal Marines & RN Division


Addendum - selected ships, wounded and survivors, 1914-1918


by Don Kindell, US Researcher, compiled from Original Admiralty Documents

 

UNITED STATES NAVY, COAST GUARD & MARINE CORPS CASUALTIES
World War 1-era,
by Name, Date/Ship, Branches

 

from contemporary sources

French Navy - 25 Sailors commemorated in a New York Cemetery

_________

Royal Navy - Warships and Auxiliary Crew Numbers

Royal Navy - Badges of Rank for Officers, Men and Boys

United States Navy - Badges of Rank for Officers and Enlisted Men

 

Some of those who served:

Louis Bechennec, Fireman/Stoker, French Navy, including Serbian Evacuation

Thomas Crisp VC, DSC, Skipper RNR, HM Q-ship Nelson & the Hales Naval Family

Samuel R Hitchin, First Mate, SS Highland Brae, POW on German Kronprinz Wilhelm

John R Hunter, Lieutenant RNVR, Canadian Motor Launch skipper, photographic record

William T G Jones, Seaman, lost with collier SS Mersario, 1 October 1917

Beresford Richards, Surgeon Sub-Lt, RNVR, HMS Zubian and Dover Patrol, 1918

Harry Russell, later OBE, Executive Chef of the Cunard Line and his service on HMS Caronia, 1914-16

George W Smith (upper left) DSM, Chief Yeoman of Signals, 1888-1977, his service record

 

MEDALS

Victoria Cross at Sea, including RN Division 1914-19
Albert Medal at Sea, including Merchant Navy 1915-19
Medal of Honor, US Navy and Marine Corps 1915-18

Pour le Merité, the "Blue Max", Imperial German Navy including naval aviation 1914-18

 

   
 

SHIPS and NAVIES























 

 

SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY, 1914-1919

with appreciation for the researches of F J Dittmar & J J Colledge and others

1. By NAME - Warships, Auxiliary Patrol vessels, Support vessels

 

2. By TYPE/CLASS

Warships - capital ships to submarines, Q-ships to motor launches


Auxiliary Patrol - hired yachts, Admiralty trawlers, hired trawlers, Fishery Reserve vessels, whalers, Admiralty drifters, hired steam and motor drifters


Support and Harbour vessels - includes misc patrol vessels, tugs, salvage, boom defence & mooring vessels, blockships, fleet auxiliaries, hospital ships, RIM transports

 

3. By NUMBER - all by Number and by Vessel Name

Pendant Numbers

Admiralty Numbers

Motor Boat Numbers

Fishing Port Registration Numbers




  LOCATION/ACTION DATA


SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY - LOCATION/ACTION DATA 1914-1918

1 - Log Books


2 - Official Admiralty "Pink Lists" of Warship Positions:

1914 18 July 1914 5 August 1914 1 November 1914
1915 -
30 June 1915 -
1916 1 January 1916 -
1 October 1916
1917 1 January 1917 30 June 1917 -
1918 2 January 1918 30 June 1918 11 November 1918
1919 -
-
    November 1919
 

 

British Vessels Lost at Sea including Naval, Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels, from the original "British Vessels Lost at Sea, 1914-18", HMSO


an enlarged and corrected version of the original is in preparation

 

BRITISH VESSELS LOST and DAMAGED AT SEA in WORLD WAR 1 - in date order


British Warships Lost and Damaged - in name order


by Gordon Smith

 

 

British Shipbuilding & Repair Industries, including Royal Naval Dockyards and Research Establishments

British Shipbreaking Industry

HMS Zubian, destroyer, in 1918

 

Austro-Hungarian Navy

French Navy

Royal Hellenic or Greek Navy

Imperial Japanese Navy

Turkish or Ottoman Navy

United States Navy

US Navy Fleets and Stations, early 1917

 

The Old Weather Forum - A Compendium of Maritime and Weather Information (collective efforts of thousands of Old Weather volunteers, 2010-12)




 
 

   


 

 

NAVAL CAMPAIGNS, BATTLES and ACTIONS

London Gazette Despatches, Casualties, Awards etc.


1914

HMS Carmania v SMS Cap Trafalgar Action, 14 September 1914

Coronel, Battle of, 1 November 1914

HMAS Sydney v SMS Emden Action, 9 November 1914

Falklands, Battle of the, 8 December 1914

British East Coast Raid & Minesweeping Operations, 16 December 1914

Cameroons Campaign, 1914

Belgian Coast Operations (excluding Zeebrugge & Ostend Raids), 1914-1918

Mesopotamian Campaign, 1914-1918


1915

Suez Canal, Defence of the, to 4 February 1915

Dogger Bank, Battle of, 24 January 1915

Dardanelles & Gallipoli Campaigns, 1915-1916 (in 5 Parts)

SMS Königsberg Action, July 1915


1916

Jutland, Battle of, 31 May/1 June 1916 (in 4 Parts)


1917

HMS Achilles & Dundee v SMS Leopard Action, 16 March 1917

Dover, 21 April 1917, German Destroyer Attack


1918

Zeebrugge & Ostend Raids, 22 April & 10 May 1918

 

 

also

North Sea in outline 1914-18
Eastern Front
and
Baltic Sea 1914-18
Mediterranean, including Turkish Waters & Black Sea, 1914-18

 

 


INTER-WAR, 1918-39


 

THOSE WHO SERVED

 

ROYAL & DOMINION NAVY CASUALTIES 1918-1939
by Name and Date/Ship, including Royal Marines

 

by Don Kindell, US Researcher, compiled from Original Admiralty Documents

Lt Charles F Paul RN and loss of HM Tug St Genny, 1930

Capt Albert Williamson OBE, DSC, MN, HMS Kia Wo and the Wanhsien Incident, 1926

 

Post-World War 1 service of George W Smith DSM:

North Russian Expeditionary Force 1919

HMS Vanquisher, Baltic Sea Cruise 1921

HMS Curlew, America & West Indies Station 1922-25

HMS Durban, China Station 1926-28

Royal Naval Shore Signal Service 1929-48

     

SHIPS

 

Royal Navy Warship Service Summaries by Lt Cdr G Mason

Royal Navy Estimates 1919-20 and Summary of Naval Activities since the Armistice

Cox's Navy, Salvaging the German High Seas Fleet by Tony Booth

Loss of HM Tug St Genny, January 1930

     

EVENTS

 

Russian Civil War 1919
Point Honda Disaster of the US Navy 1923

Wanhsien Incident, China 1926

Versailles Treaty to Polish Blitzkrieg 1919-39

   
     


WORLD WAR 2, 1939-45


 

THOSE WHO SERVED

 

 

ROYAL NAVY & DOMINION CASUALTIES 1939-45
by Name and Date/Ship, including Royal Marines

by Don Kindell, US Researcher, compiled from Original Admiralty Documents

 

also Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Indian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, South African Naval Force, Royal Norwegian Navy

 

Royal Navy Casualties - Monthly and Yearly Totals

 

Some of those who served:
Horace Carswell DSM, MM, BEM, Chief Steward
, and Russian Convoy PQ.17

Sidney Kerslake RNR, Leading Seaman, 1920-99, Norway and Russian Convoys
Edward Palmer BEM, Coxswain, attack on HMS Foyle Bank July 1940
Harold Siddall, Stoker, 1916-97, from Scapa Flow to Crete, and on to a German Stalag
George Smith (left), Ordnance Artificer, 1916-43, HMS Charybdis

Henry Sutton, Petty Officer, HMS Blackpool, and his Letter from Normandy, June 1944
Frank Taylor, Able Seaman
, HMS Scarab, Mediterranean service 1943-44 (external site)
Roderick Timms, Lt Cdr, RD*, RNR and Coastal Forces, 1941-45 (external site)

Maurice Whiteing, Leading Air Mechanic, HMS Indomitable, Far East, 1944-1945

Basil Woolf, MID, Petty Officer, the Battle for Walcheren, 1st November 1944

 

MEDALS

Victoria Cross at Sea, 1940-45

George Cross & Albert Medal at Sea, 1939-45

Medal of Honor at Sea, 1941-45

Imperial Japanese Navy and Order of the Golden Kite - A Note

     

SHIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE HISTORIES of 1,000 ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

including Class Information
by Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Mason, RN (Rtd)


Note: only a limited number of escorts are included in the above Service Histories; much of their careers, including those of Dominion and Allied Navies operating with the Royal Navy, can be found in Convoy Escort Movement following:



CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of ROYAL and DOMINION NAVY VESSELS
including Allied Naval Vessels under RN Command
 
by Don Kindell

 

Major BRITISH WARSHIP LOSSES with commanding officers, loss locations and casualties - Capital ships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers & escort destroyers, submarines, including X-craft

British Naval Losses by Name, Date, Theatre, Type of ship, from "British Vessels Lost at Sea, 1939-45", HMSO

 

HMS Indomitable in the Far East 1944-45, a photographic record

 

HMS Charybdis:

 All in a Day's Work - Her Career by 'Rocky' Royle

 Her Loss and Commemoration, by the Charybdis Association

 Account of Her Loss from Captured German Archives

 

Capture of British Yard Minesweeper BYMS-72, 1943 Aegean Campaign, by Cdr Bruhn USN

HM Harbour Defence Motor Launch No.1001, RN and later career

Thames Lighters at War, off the British & US Normandy beaches

     
ROYAL NAVY

 

Royal Navy at Beginning and End of World War 2

Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Single-Ship Battle Honours 1939-45, with links to Campaigns

 

Naval Life and Customs by Lt-Cdr John Irving RN, a gem of a book
Ranks, Trades, Pay & Allowances, Badges of Rank 1942

 

Naval-related Code Names - Alphabetically - Chronologically

Royal Navy Minelaying Operations

Warrant Officers in the Royal Navy - a history
Officer/Rating Relationships in the Royal Navy 1941-1972

Pennant Numbers - with Addendum on the Pacific 1944-45, all by Lt Cdr G Mason

Naval Parties of the Royal Navy, World War 2 by Lt Cdr Ben Warlow

     
DOMINION and ALLLIED NAVIES
under Royal Navy control
 

Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Indian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, South African Naval Force - ship histories, convoy movements, casualties 1939-47 plus links

South African Naval Nomenclature for Navy & Ships by Vice Adm Alan Grose RN (Rtd)

Royal Norwegian Navy - ship histories, convoy movements, casualties 1940-45 plus links

     

EVENTS


 


ROYAL, DOMINION & ALLIED NAVIES in WORLD WAR 2
 Month-by-Month across all Theatres

originally published by Ian Allan, 1989

 

NAVAL and MILITARY CAMPAIGN SUMMARIES
by Type of Warfare, Navies, Theatres

Full contents list in left column


by Gordon Smith

 

 

 

BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY 1939-42
Ship Movements, Actions, Losses

by Don Kindell

 

ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES and REPORTS

Transcribed by Don Kindell
Full contents list in left column


     
     

CONVOYS

 

Convoy Escort Movements of Royal & Dominion Navy Vessels  by Don Kindell

 

The Supply of Malta 1940-1942, including the Malta Convoys

Route to the East - the WS (Winston’s Special) Convoys, both by the late Arnold Hague

 

Russian Convoys including Russian Front Summary Maps

 

Allied Convoy Codes, courtesy HyperWar Foundation

ConvoyWeb - convoy lists and more (external site)

     
TECHNICAL
 

Allied Anti-Submarine Weapons - A Note

High Frequency Radio Direction Finding - HF/DF or Huff Duff

New Zealand's Contribution to Radar Development

Hydrographic Survey Work in the RN up to the 1980's, all by Lt Cdr G Mason

 

The Early Days of Wireless at Sea by Louis C. Kleber

     

MAPS, etc

 

Campaign and Battle Maps, World War 2

Posters of the Royal Navy in World War 2

Service Magazines of the World's Forces

Victory Celebrations in London, June 1946

 

   


POST-WAR, 1945-present


 

THOSE WHO SERVED

 

ROYAL & DOMINION NAVY CASUALTIES 1945-2008
by Name and Date/Ship, including Royal Marines

 

by Don Kindell, US Researcher, mainly compiled from Original Admiralty Documents

David Hamilton, Commander [F], RN, his seagoing and flying career, 1939-1968

James Summerlee, Lieutenant Commander, MID, RN (Rtd), Fleet Air Arm, Korea and Suez Sea & Air Rescue

     

SHIPS & ESTABLISHMENTS

 

Royal Navy Warship Service Summaries

 

Loch-class Frigates in the Dutch East Indies 1945-1946

Salvage Operations by RN Frigates 1950-1964

Modernisation of Town and Colony-class Light Cruisers, all by Lt Cdr G Mason

Naval Parties of the Royal Navy, Postwar by Lt Cdr Ben Warlow

Navy-Mad in the Nineteen Fifties by Gordon Smith

     

EVENTS

 

ROYAL NAVY ORGANISATION AND SHIP DEPLOYMENTS 1947-2013 by Dr Graham Watson


Royal Navy Chronology - 1946-1950 - 1951-1960 - 1961-1970 by Lt Cdr G Mason

BATTLE ATLAS of the FALKLANDS WAR 1982
by Land, Sea and Air

by Gordon Smith, originally published by Ian Allan, 1989


Review - International Journal of Naval History

Passing Through Ascension - Photographic record of Ascension Island during the War

Campaign and Battle Maps, Falklands War

Missiles in the Malouines/Falklands - the Art of Daniel Bechennec

     
   
Excellent coverage of Post-War period (external site)
     

SHIPS and SEAS

 
 

 

 

Torpedo Craft Through the Art of Joe Hinds, including the amazing planned German Type 5B

 

Ship and Naval Base Crests, from "Empire to Commonwealth" by Father Anthony Hathaway-Taylor, also RN and RCN Badges by Ed Buscall (external sites)

 

Sailing in the Bristol Channel by Gordon Smith


Penarth Dock, South Wales by David Carder (external site)

 

British Pathé Newsreel Archives 1897-1970 - Naval history footage (external site)

     

revised 16/8//2015