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Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992 Hardcover – January, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; First Edition edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557509344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557509345
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is an old saying that amateurs discuss strategy and professionals talk logistics. The formulation of strategy is often obvious and or the product of political considerations. So development of the strategy is outside the hands of the military professional. Example being when Grant took command of all Union armies in 1864 he wanted to come at Lee and Richmond from North Carolina so as to sever Lee’s lines of communications. Lincoln because of his experience with McClellan would not permit it. McClellan for what it is worth never was allowed to fully implement his plan and had he been permitted to do so the massive advantage in numbers would more than likely have permitted even tactically timid McClellan to force the abandonment of industrially and psychologically important Richmond. It would have had dire consequences for the Confederacy. That is another example where the military professional didn’t have complete control over the strategy.

The author begins with the problems of how a steam propelled US Navy provided tactical mobility lacking in sail powered warships but reduced strategic mobility because of the short steaming range of warships and their dependence on the bulky and hard to transfer coal. Navies were effectively tied to within a few hundred miles of their bases. A fleet could not have carried out an operation like the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor with a fleet of coal fueled warships. The author describes the initial efforts at underway refueling. There had been underway refueling experiments with coal powered ships but the bulkiness of the fuel meant that the process was very slow and hazardous which required very slow steaming speeds. More often than not a collier would meet a warship in a protected cove or harbor.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Firebus on August 13, 2014
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Arrived in great shape. Thanks!
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JOHN B. MORGEN on March 8, 2013
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No problems. I received it in very good condition, which it will be added to my collection of naval references.
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