On Seas Contested: The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War Hardcover – October 15, 2010
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About the Author
W. David Dickson, an expert on Japanese naval doctrine and carrier design, is an author who lives in Hernando, MS.
Richard Worth specializes in warship design. A resident of Bolivar, MO, he is the author of several books.
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1591146461
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591146469
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Naval Institute Press; 1st Edition (October 15, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is obviously different than his solo works. But this book is a great detailed overview of the major fleets during the war. This book is not meant to be a detailed look at any one navy and shouldn't be judged as such. It's worth is in giving the overview of the navies in a consistant way so you can easily attempt to compare the different navy's against each other. The write up of the Russian, Italian, and French navies alone are easily worth the price of the book. While you may not agree with everyone's different opinions, they will at least offer evidence to support their conclusions.
The RN might have been a bit slow on getting their strategy and tactics into gear at the war's outbreak; however after the Bismarck chase and sinking the RN seemed to wake up. Their efforts and eventual success in the Battle of the Atlantic were heroic, gutsy, dedicated and praiseworthy. All this despite years of pre-war neglect from totally narrow focused politicians; which the UK seemed to have a monopoly on .... like the Great Bungler Chamberlain. "Peace in our time" ... how did that turn out?
The book gives the German, French and Italian navies a fair crack at the limelight ... in an objective and detailed account. You will wonder what "real" effect the Italian Navy could have had if the Admirals had fought their oh so powerful and beautiful ships instead of ensuring that their paintwork was never scratched by those nasty little under-gunned RN warships. This book handles the situation with some amusement and empathy.
The award for bad strategies, bizarre political manipulations and self-serving Admirals caused the mighty French Navy to scuttle their ships in November 1942; yet Mr. O'Hara deals with it factually and almost kindly!
For the W W 2 history buff ... this is a must read!
I would call the book studiously descriptive only. From the other reviews here, I was hoping for some evaluation as to the effectiveness, usefulness, and results gained relative to design goals by different classes.