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Admiral Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy during the 20th century.

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Admiral Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy during the 20th century.

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Bravo Admiral Lord West

By KevinICdesigner - Apr 10 2016
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Enjoyed the 20th century. PLEASE do the naval 19th century. And the 18th century!

Engaging and entertaining

By TWL586 - Dec 14 2014
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Listening is a pleasure and a journey. Great podcast!

iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
3
0
0
0

Bravo Admiral Lord West

By KevinICdesigner - Apr 10 2016
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Enjoyed the 20th century. PLEASE do the naval 19th century. And the 18th century!

Engaging and entertaining

By TWL586 - Dec 14 2014
Read more
Listening is a pleasure and a journey. Great podcast!
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Britain at Sea

Latest release on Jun 20, 2014

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Navy Wins

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Lord West looks at how the Royal Navy won the First World War.

The Royal Navy's role in winning the conflict has often been overlooked - drowned out by the new and savage reality of industrial warfare on the western front, and the tragic romance of the imagery and war poetry which surrounded it.

Yet the Navy's role should not be underestimated, and in this programme Lord West looks at the greatest naval battle of the war - Jutland - and its dramatic impact on the war.

Jutland was a great strategic victory for the Royal Navy, but largely because of truly terrible PR afterwards, many to this day regard it as a defeat. It was part of the reason for the growing disconnect between the nation and its navy.

Yet the outcome of Jutland influenced more than just public sentiment. It forced the German military to confront the reality of their situation: that the Royal Navy's blockade could not be broken by their own fleet, and would in time strangle Germany into submission.

The result was unrestricted submarine warfare: Germany's only chance of victory, but itself carrying the risk of bringing the United States of America into the war on the Allied side.

When the United States did join the war, troops poured into Europe, but the most significant impact was on that three year old blockade, tightening it to a point that strangled Germany and won the war for the Allies.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Jun 05 2014

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Rank #2: Early Cold War

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Lord West describes how the Royal Navy fought a series of conflicts in East Asia during the early Cold War.

From the Amethyst Incident in China in 1949 to the confrontation with Indonesia in the mid-1960s, East Asia was a key focus during the early Cold War. And the Royal Navy was at the heart of the action.

In this episode Lord West speaks to veterans of the Amethyst Incident and the Korean War, and hears how in this period the Royal Marines embraced their commando role and fought successfully in Korea, Malaya and against Indonesia.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Jun 13 2014

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Rank #3: Whitehall Warriors

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Lord West explains how Britain, and the Royal Navy, adjusted to dramatically straitened circumstances after the Second World War.

He describes the dramatic social changes that began after 1945, including big pay rises, improved food and conditions of service - and even the beginning of the end for hammocks.

He explores the Royal Navy's crucial role in the development of nuclear weapons, and the impact they had on defence thinking and the future of conventional forces. And he speaks to Laura Sandys MP, the daughter of former Defence Secretary Duncan Sandys, about his seminal 1957 Defence White Paper, which shaped British defence thinking for a generation.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Jun 12 2014

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Rank #4: Pacific Horrors

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Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Initially beaten, the Royal Navy fought back, and by the end of the war had deployed the most powerful battlefleet in its history. But by then the tide had turned in military power and international politics, and this was the theatre in which it became clear that the United States would soon replace the United Kingdom as global naval superpower. The lessons learned in the Pacific ensured the bonds between the two navies, and the two nations, would remain strong through the challenges which followed.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Jun 11 2014

14mins

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Rank #5: Battles for Britain

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Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy during the Second World War, from early fights in Norway to the Battle of the Atlantic. And he shows how the Royal Navy saved Britain from invasion during the Second World War.

In a chilly fjord in northern Norway he explains how a battle in April 1940 helped saved Britain from invasion later that summer, while in northern France he looks out from the top of a Nazi-era submarine pen and imagines how the prospects envisaged by the German U-boat aces must have changed during the course of the war.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Jun 09 2014

14mins

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