War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II

Oxford University Press, 1996 - 592 Seiten
History records few more gripping dramas than the naval history of World War II. It was the last great sea war, but in the half century since the final battles of that struggle, the conflict has receded into the past. Narvik, the Battle of the Atlantic, Midway, and the Philippine Sea are to
the current generation as remote as Waterloo and Gettysburg. In War at Sea, Nathan Miller brings the story of these monumental events--and the achievements, suffering, and heroism of those who served at sea during World War II--to the attention of readers who have only a nodding acquaintance with
it. In doing so, he illuminates in dramatic fashion the costly mistakes and the blunders, the great skill and courage of the Allied commanders, tactical leaders, and enlisted men that denied the Axis powers victory.
From the sinking of the British passenger liner Athenia on September 3, 1939, by a German U-boat (against orders), to the Japanese surrender on board the Missouri, on September 2, 1945, War at Sea covers every major naval battle of World War II in one fascinating volume. In gripping detail,
Miller recounts the major operations of the British, German, American, Japanese, Italian, Canadian, and Russian navies. Based on recently released Ultra intelligence information the Allies procured from their deciphering of coded messages passed by their enemies, ship logs, official reports,
interviews with surviving servicemen, and personal accounts and anecdotes from the men who manned the ships and the aircraft, Miller gives a human face to the daily routine of life at sea--from being torpedoed to living in the confines of a submarine for weeks at a time. Miller also details the
political and historical backgrounds of each navy and analyzes the strategies of the combatants. He goes on to show how new technology, such as aircraft carriers and submarines, pushed aside the battleship and changed the course of the war and modern warfare.
Too often today, war is viewed as a bloodless computer game complete with smart bombs, guided missiles, and surgical strikes. In reality, war is about death. It is a mixture of boredom, exhaustion, and sudden and terrifying moments of horror. This is particularly true of war at sea. One
minute a ship can be steaming peacefully on a calm ocean; in the next it can be ripped apart by torpedoes with its crew fighting for their lives in a cauldron of flaming oil or scalding steam. War at Sea tells the true story of naval warfare during World War II, capturing the drama, suspense, and
narrow triumph of the Allied forces in the great battle to secure the seas.

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Nutzerbericht  - Jared_Runck - LibraryThing

This book is a well-paced and easy-to-follow narrative of the major naval battles and operations of World War II. Miller does a great job of showing the ubiquity of naval support in many of the most ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Richard7920 - LibraryThing

An entertaining and brief survey of the war at sea in World War Two that is a well-written rehash of a well-known story. A complete absence of maps prevent a higher rating of this book. Vollständige Rezension lesen


The Eerie and Sinister Sea
The Navys Here
Sailing Against England
A Caged Tiger
A Triple SiegHeil to Our Bismarckl
I Shall Run Wild
We Are Fighting Back
We Had Lost the Battle of the Atlantic
A Most GodAlmighty Bang
Keep Pushing the Japs Around
Something Quite New in Naval Warfare
The Far Shore
Get the Carriers
Well Stand by You

Air Raid This Is No Drill
Scratch One FlatTop
Warning Strange Ships Entering Harbor
Off Hatteras the Tankers Sink
Execute Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
Have Rolled Two Sevens
Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue

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Über den Autor (1996)

Nathan Miller, a journalist, historian, and naval scholar, is the author of twelve books of history and biography, including The U.S. Navy: A History, which is used as a textbook at the U.S. Naval Academy, and the widely acclaimed Theodore Roosevelt: A Life. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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