Naval Warfare 1919–45: An Operational History of the Volatile War at Sea

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Routledge, Nov 4, 2008 - History - 18 pages
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Naval Warfare 1919–45 is a comprehensive history of the war at sea from the end of the Great War to the end of World War Two. Showing the bewildering nature and complexity of the war facing those charged with fighting it around the world, this book ranges far and wide: sweeping across all naval theatres and those powers performing major, as well as minor, roles within them.

Armed with the latest material from an extensive set of sources, Malcolm H. Murfett has written an absorbing as well as a comprehensive reference work. He demonstrates that superior equipment and the best intelligence, ominous power and systematic planning, vast finance and suitable training are often simply not enough in themselves to guarantee the successful outcome of a particular encounter at sea. Sometimes the narrow difference between victory and defeat hinges on those infinite variables: the individual’s performance under acute pressure and sheer luck.

Naval Warfare 1919–45 is an analytical and interpretive study which is an accessible and fascinating read both for students and for interested members of the general public.

 

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Contents

1 Neither one thing nor the other 191939
1
2 The opening gambit 1939
49
3 Much more than a phoney war 1940
66
4 Uncompromising hostilities JanuaryNovember 1941
100
5 From Pearl Harbor to Madagascar December 1941May 1942
135
6 Stalling the juggernaut in the early summer of 1942
176
7 From defence to attack in the autumn of 1942
223
8 A change in momentum JanuaryAugust 1943
257
11 Tightening the grip SeptemberDecember 1944
369
12 Stranglehold 1945
418
Rising to the challenge of fighting the war at sea
461
Maps
511
Allied convoy statistics
530
Appendix II
534
Glossary
535
Select Bibliography
548

9 Striking back SeptemberDecember 1943
291
10 Seizing the initiative JanuaryAugust 1944
324

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Malcolm Murfett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of a number of works onnaval themes, includingFool-proof Relations: The Search for Anglo-American Naval cooperation in the Chamberlain Years, 1937-40 (1985), Hostage on the Yangtze: Britain, China and the Amethyst Crisis of 1949 (1991), and the co-writtenBetween Two Oceans: A Military History of Singapore from First Settlement to Final British withdrawal . He is alsothe editor of The First Sea Lords (1999).

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