Churchill's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organisation, 1939-1945

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Conway Maritime, 2006 - History - 287 pages
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When Churchill took office again as First Lord of the Admiralty on the first day of the Second World War a famous signal went out to the fleet: 'Winston is back'. And as prime minister his interest and involvement in the navy continued. In this timely follow-up to his bestselling Nelson's Navy, author Brian Lavery has turned his attention to the Royal Navy of the Second World War. Typically, other books on the subject have tended to concentrate on the naval campaigns and encounters that characteristed the period, from the scuttling of the Graf Spee to the winning of the Battle of the Atlantic and the dramatic landings on the Normandy beaches. Brian Lavery, however, goes beyond the drama and heroism to reveal the organisation and administration ashore and at sea that ensured those successes. Delving into all areas of the Royal Navy, from the ships and crews of the battle fleet to the Fleet Air Arm and Submarine Service, Coastal Forces and Combined Operations, and covering all aspects of personnel from the Admiralty to the Able Seaman, he casts a lucid eye over the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation that was put under acute strain during the war period, yet rose to the challenge with initiative and determination. The merits of technological advances in ship design, armament and sensors as well as the endurance of naval customs and tradition are all discussed and set in context.

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

This book was not quite what I was expecting. Where Lavery really shines is in talking about personnel issues, and the character of the various "private" navies within the Royal Navy. What there wasn ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Brian Lavery is one of the UK's leading maritime historians and the author of such bestselling works as "Nelson's Navy". He was for many years curator at the National Maritime Museum and while there co-authored the authoritative work on the NMM's models, "Ship Models: Their Purpose & Development from 1650 to the Present.

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