War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II

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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

Inhalt

Preface
9
Prologue
17
The Eerie and Sinister Sea
21
The Navys Here
51
Sailing Against England
79
A Caged Tiger
109
A Triple SiegHeil to Our Bismarckl
137
I Shall Run Wild
169
We Are Fighting Back
313
We Had Lost the Battle of the Atlantic
327
A Most GodAlmighty Bang
353
Keep Pushing the Japs Around
365
Something Quite New in Naval Warfare
391
The Far Shore
411
Get the Carriers
435
Well Stand by You
451

Air Raid This Is No Drill
201
Scratch One FlatTop
229
Warning Strange Ships Entering Harbor
259
Off Hatteras the Tankers Sink
291
Execute Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
477
Have Rolled Two Sevens
491
Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
507
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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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