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Author Symonds, Craig L., author.

Title World War II at sea : a global history / Craig L. Symonds.

Publication Info. ©2018
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2018]

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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  940.545 Sy67w 2018    New Books Axe (2nd Fl)  Available
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Description xxii, 770 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-741) and index.
Summary "Craig L. Symonds' World War II at Sea offers a definitive naval history of the Second World War presenting the chronology of the naval war, from The London Conference of 1930 to the surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945, on a global scale for the first time."--Provided by publisher.
"Craig L. Symonds has established himself as one of the finest naval historians at work today. World War II at Sea represents his crowning achievement: a complete narrative of the naval war and all of its belligerents, on all of the world's oceans and seas, between 1939 and 1945. Opening with the 1930 London Conference, Symonds shows how any limitations on naval warfare would become irrelevant before the decade was up, as Europe erupted into conflict once more and its navies were brought to bear against each other. World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the "miracle" evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway's fjords; Mussolini's Regia Marina--at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world--and the dominance of the Kid Butai and Japanese naval power in the Pacific; Pearl Harbor then Midway; the struggles of the Russian Navy and the scuttling of the French Fleet in Toulon in 1942; the landings in North Africa and then Normandy. Here as well are the notable naval leaders--FDR and Churchill, both self-proclaimed "Navy men," Karl Dönitz, François Darlan, Ernest King, Isoroku Yamamoto, Erich Raeder, Inigo Campioni, Louis Mountbatten, William Halsey, as well as the hundreds of thousands of seamen and officers of all nationalities whose lives were imperiled and lost during the greatest naval conflicts in history, from small-scale assaults and amphibious operations to the largest armadas ever assembled. Many have argued that World War II was dominated by naval operations; few have shown how and why this was the case. Symonds combines precision with storytelling verve, expertly illuminating the mechanics of large-scale warfare on (and below) the sea and offering wisdom into the nature of war itself."--Jacket.
Opening with the 1930 London Conference, Symonds shows how any limitations on naval warfare would become irrelevant before the decade was up, as Europe erupted into conflict once more and its navies were brought to bear against each other. Offering a global perspective, the book focuses on the major engagements and personalities and reveals both their scale and their interconnections. Here as well are the notable naval leaders, as well as the hundreds of thousands of seamen and officers of all nationalities whose lives were imperiled and lost during the greatest naval conflicts in history, from small-scale assaults and amphibious operations to the largest armadas ever assembled. -- adapted from dust jacket.
Contents Prologue: London, 1930 -- Part I: The European war. Unterseebooten ; Panzerschiffen ; Norway ; France falls ; The Regia Marina ; The war on trade, I ; The Bismarck -- Part II: The war widens. The rising sun ; A two-ocean navy ; Operation AI: The attack on Pearl Harbor ; Rampage ; The war on trade, II -- Part III: Watershed. Stemming the tide ; Two beleaguered islands ; A two-ocean war ; The tipping point ; The war on trade, III -- Part IV: Allied counterattack. Airplanes and convoys ; Husky ; Twilight of two navies ; Breaking the shield ; Large slow target -- Part V: Reckoning. D-Day ; Seeking the decisive battle ; Leyte Gulf ; The noose tightens ; Denouement -- Epilogue: Tokyo Bay, 1945.
Subject World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations.
Military operations, Naval. (OCoLC)fst01710244
Chronological Term 1939-1945
ISBN 9780190243678 (hardback ; alk. paper)
0190243678 (hardback ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40028301812

 
    
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