Book Review: The Sea and the Second World War: Maritime Aspects of a Global Conflict

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by Marcus Faulkner & Alesio Patalano. editors

Lexington: Andarta / University Press of Kentucky, 2019. Pp. vi, 320. Tables, notes, index. $50.00. ISBN: 1949668045

Some Overlooked Aspects of W. W. II at Sea

This volume comprises an introduction, plus essays by ten scholars from several countries on some aspects of the maritime side of W.W. II that have perhaps not been as well covered as others. The papers ranger from looks at prewar planning and strategy to technology to organization and operations.

All of the papers display careful research and offer new insights into the war. Topics covered are:

· British prewar plans to mass submarine forces in the Far East,

· Japanese, British, and American strategy in the Pacific in the event of war with Japan,

· Japanese technological innovation for the Pearl Harbor operation,

· The role of the Dominions in the naval war,

· German use of the Schnellboote in the defense of Festung Europe,

· Politics and personalities in the rise of Britain’s combined operations forces,

· Australia’s amphibious operations,

· The failure of naval gunfire support -- and aerial bombardment -- at Iwo Jima,

· Maritime power and Maoist military thought,

· Interservice squabbles among the U.S. Navy and Army/Air Force over control of land based anti-submarine operations and unification.

A volume in the UPK series “New Perspectives on the Second World War”, The Sea and the Second World War is an exceptionally good collection of essays on the naval side of the war for the serious student of naval operations.

 

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Note: The Sea and the Second World War is also available in several e-editions.

 
StrategyPage reviews are published in cooperation with The New York Military Affairs Symposium
Reviewer: A. A. Nofi, Review Editor   


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