Author(s): Jeremy Harwood
Compelling naval history of World War Two, from submarine warfare in the Atlantic to major operations in the Pacific. As soon as war broke out in September 1939, the conflict at sea began. It raged without respite until the unconditional surrender of Germany and Japan just under six years later. World War Two at Sea retells the naval history of the war, covering everything from submarine warfare in the Atlantic to major operations in the Pacific during the Second World War. The coverage is arranged chronologically, starting with the sinking of the British passenger liner Athenia by a German U-boat just hours after war was declared and concluding with Operation Ten-Go, the last desperate attempt by the Japanese to defend Okinawa and the sinking of the Yamamoto, the world's last and biggest super-battleship. Throughout, decisive battles and engagements are fully covered. Along the way, there is overage of some of the lesser-known aspects of the conflict. When it comes to unusual and secret weapons, you'll find out about maiale, X-craft, kaiten, probe the mysteries of asdic, sonar and radar, and discover much, much more. Fully illustrated throughout with a fascinating mixture of historic photographs, maps, charts and specially-devised diagrams, World War Two at Sea is compelling reading and essential reference. Above all, it demonstrates how vital it was for the war at sea to be won as an essential preliminary to the land and air campaigns that brought about final victory.
Jeremy Harwood studied history at Christ Church, Oxford, where he won an Open Exhibition and, in his final year, was awarded the Sir Keith Feiling Memorial Prize as the top history undergraduate of his year. After graduation, he worked in publishing for many years before becoming a full-time author. Recent books include five volumes in the Looking Back at Britain history series, Atlas of History's Greatest Military Victories and World War Two from Above (Exisle).