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World War II at sea : a global history
Summary:
"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 KidÕo 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 DÞonitz, FranƯcois 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.
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In container (17 cm.).
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Description:
21 audio discs (26 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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HighBridge Audio,
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Publication Date:
2018
ISBN:
9781684415441
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : HighBridge Audio, [2018]

℗2018
Call Number:
CDB 940.54 SYMONDS
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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 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 D�nitz, Fran�ois 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 live were imperiled and lost during the greatest naval conflicts in history.


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Library Journal Review

Symonds (emeritus, history, U.S. Naval Academy; Operation Neptune), currently Distinguished Visiting Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, has not simply provided a narrative history of naval warfare during World War II but also meticulously analyzed its various aspects. Coverage is geographically broad and includes surface and submarine warfare and air operations as well as logistics and even cultural factors that impacted warfare practices. Analysis is objective overall, with criticism of both Axis and Allied operations. Controversial methods by both sides are mentioned, such as aircraft strafing lifeboats and submarine commanders' refusals to rescue survivors of their attacks. There is sufficient mention of land campaigns and diplomatic initiatives to keep readers informed of the war's progress without need of prior knowledge. An overarching theme is the U.S. ability to manufacture vessels faster than German and Japanese forces could sink them. VERDICT A scholarly yet extremely accessible work that will be of value to anyone interested in World War II; this will likely be a new standard on the topic.-Matthew Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Schuylkill Haven © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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