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The ships, men and organisation 1939-1945. The history of the Royal Navy during World War II is an epic story of heroism and defiance. In this superbly comprehensive account, leading maritime historian Brian Lavery goes beyond the famous campaigns and encounters to reveal the organisation and administration behind these triumphs.
The author delves into every area of the Royal Navy, from the battle fleet's ships and crews to the Fleet Air Arm and Submarine Service, Coastal Forces and Combined Operations. Covering all aspects of personnel from the Admiralty to the Able Seaman, he lucidly considers the strengths and weaknesses of a service under acute strain, yet which rose to the challenge with initiative and determination. The merits of technological advances in ship design, armament and senors as well as the endurance of naval customs and tradition are all set in context.
Contemporary photographs, artworks and line drawings from naval manuals and Admiralty fleet orders further enhance this essential reference to those crucial wartime years.
  • AUTHOR: Lavery, B
  • FORMAT: 288pp 300 col/Bw 297x248 Hb
  • Code: 27643

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