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The Resource World War II at sea : a global history, Craig L. Symonds

World War II at sea : a global history, Craig L. Symonds

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World War II at sea : a global history
Title
World War II at sea
Title remainder
a global history
Statement of responsibility
Craig L. Symonds
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Craig L. Symonds' World War II at Sea offers a definitive naval history of the Second World War presenting the chronology of the naval war, from The London Conference of 1930 to the surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945, on a global scale for the first time."--Provided by publisher
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Review
  • /* Starred 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 (Reviewed 04/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 7, p80)
  • A veteran maritime historian delivers a satisfying one-volume history of "the impact of sea services from all nations on the overall trajectory and even the outcome" of World War II. The massive naval campaigns of 1939 to 1945 remain the largest in history and will probably never happen again. Though there have been hundreds of books about this subject, readers will welcome this fine account from a highly qualified guide. Symonds (Maritime History/U.S. Naval War Coll.; Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings, 2014, etc.) emphasizes that because no navy was fully prepared for war in 1939, everyone got it wrong. Neither Hitler nor his naval chief gave priority to submarines, so Germany began the war with too few and never caught up. Despite many horrendous sinkings, ably described by the author, 99 percent of Allied ships reached their destinations. Many historians now agree that U-boats never came close to cutting off supplies to Britain. The far more successful American submarine campaign wreaked havoc on Japan's merchant fleet, bringing the country close to starvation in 1945. It's a cliché but also true that most pre-WWII naval planners failed to realize that air power made their first love, battleships, obsolete. A minority of Japanese admirals understood, and the two-year delay before America's entry into the war allowed American officials to realize what they needed. Rocking no boats, Symonds agrees that the Allied victory resulted from British stubbornness at the beginning, followed by Russian blood and American industrial production. He adds that brains, luck, and enemy stupidity remained essential, enabling America to turn the tide against Japan in 1942 at Midway and Guadalcanal with inferior forces. No revisionist but a solid storyteller and naval scholar, Symonds mixes politics, strategy, sea battle fireworks, technical details, and personal anecdotes to deliver one of the better single-volume histories of the naval portion of WWII. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2018)
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PUL
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Symonds, Craig L
Dewey number
940.54/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D770
LC item number
.S87 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Military operations, Naval
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a global history
Label
World War II at sea : a global history, Craig L. Symonds
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-741) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The war widens.
  • The rising sun
  • A two-ocean navy
  • Operation AI: The attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Rampage
  • The war on trade, II
  • Watershed.
  • Stemming the tide
  • Two beleaguered islands
  • A two-ocean war
  • The European war.
  • The tipping point
  • The war on trade, III
  • Allied counterattack.
  • Airplanes and convoys
  • Husky
  • Twilight of two navies
  • Breaking the shield
  • Large slow target
  • Reckoning.
  • D-Day
  • Unterseebooten
  • Seeking the decisive battle
  • Leyte Gulf
  • The noose tightens
  • Denouement
  • Epilogue: Tokyo Bay, 1945
  • Panzerschiffen
  • Norway
  • France falls
  • The Regia Marina
  • The war on trade, I
  • The Bismarck
Control code
ocn993134490
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 770 pages
Isbn
9780190243678
Lccn
2017032532
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)993134490
Label
World War II at sea : a global history, Craig L. Symonds
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-741) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The war widens.
  • The rising sun
  • A two-ocean navy
  • Operation AI: The attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Rampage
  • The war on trade, II
  • Watershed.
  • Stemming the tide
  • Two beleaguered islands
  • A two-ocean war
  • The European war.
  • The tipping point
  • The war on trade, III
  • Allied counterattack.
  • Airplanes and convoys
  • Husky
  • Twilight of two navies
  • Breaking the shield
  • Large slow target
  • Reckoning.
  • D-Day
  • Unterseebooten
  • Seeking the decisive battle
  • Leyte Gulf
  • The noose tightens
  • Denouement
  • Epilogue: Tokyo Bay, 1945
  • Panzerschiffen
  • Norway
  • France falls
  • The Regia Marina
  • The war on trade, I
  • The Bismarck
Control code
ocn993134490
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 770 pages
Isbn
9780190243678
Lccn
2017032532
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)993134490

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