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Churchill's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1939-1945 Hardcover – October 25, 2006
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About the Author
Brian Lavery is the guest curator of the exhibition Victory 250 at Chatham Historic Dockyard. He has written more than thirty books on maritime history including the highly successful Nelson's Navy and Empire of the Seas.
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The table of contents gives an idea of the scope of the work: The Royal Navy in Peace and War; The Structure of Naval Power; Enemies and Allies; The Ships; Naval Society and Culture; Officers and Ratings; The Battle Fleet; Naval Aviation; The Submarine Service; Escorts; The Coastal Navies; Amphibious Warfare; Conclusion. All is followed by appendices, abbreviations, notes, bibligraphy, picture credits and an index crammed into 287 pages. It is lavishly illustrated with mostly fresh photographs.
Th Royal Navy is lovingly presented with no apologies about deficiencies and no chauvinism! The Conclusion which says in part, "Without the Second World War, the Royal Navy would seem very different from a historian's perspective, looking back to the faraway days of Nelson for its last great triumphs. . . But in its conduct in the Second World Warallows it to be remember as one of the decisive forces of the twentieth centur, which prevented the invasion of Britain in 1940, struggled for control of the Mediterranean, fought the longest campaign of all in the Battle of the Atlantic, and put much of the Allied armies ashore in Normandy in 1944." puts Mr. Lavery's effort near the top for such books and cries for similar treatment of the other great navies of the war!
Well Said and Well Done!
Easy to read, it goes to great detail regarding the performance of this "Premier Service" not only during the World War years but also during the crucial pre-war days.
It will be a nice addition to the collection of anyone interested in naval affairs.