Naval War College Review


Angus Ross


Writing a definitive history of any major conflict from a single nation’s perspec- tive can be an exacting task—and, in the case of the First World War at sea, a thankless one too, when compared with the far better known and better reported situation on land. This notwithstanding, it is hard to imagine a more timely and well-balanced book. David Stevens, as the Royal Australian Navy’s historian, was perhaps in a perfect position to take on this project, but this should in no way diminish what he has achieved.