Clash of Titans: World War II at Sea

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Clash of Titans covers every aspect of the sea war, including the contributions of the lesser naval powers, France, Italy and the Soviet Union, as Walter J. Boyne evaluates strategies, analyzes major battles and examines the leading personalities on both sides. Both Germany and Japan, says Boyne, had their best chances at victory early in the war: Germany's U-boat fleet, small in number at the beginning of the war, threatened to starve England of food and fuel. The Japanese navy, highly trained and with the best ...
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Clash of Titans covers every aspect of the sea war, including the contributions of the lesser naval powers, France, Italy and the Soviet Union, as Walter J. Boyne evaluates strategies, analyzes major battles and examines the leading personalities on both sides. Both Germany and Japan, says Boyne, had their best chances at victory early in the war: Germany's U-boat fleet, small in number at the beginning of the war, threatened to starve England of food and fuel. The Japanese navy, highly trained and with the best torpedoes, optical instruments and pyrotechnics in the world, humiliated the U.S. Navy in one defeat after another. Yet, as time passed, the two great democracies, Britain and the United States, resilient and possessed of the productive power to create huge, technologically advanced navies, prevailed. Clash of Titans recounts all of the famous sea battles of World War II, weaving them together into a narrative that illuminates the strengths and weaknesses of each navy. The German submarine force, despite hard living conditions and high casualty rates, fought well to the end. The Italian Navy, despite several defeats, remained a threat until the surrender and was chiefly responsible for sustaining Axis forces in North Africa. The Japanese navy, which excelled in night fighting, was distinguished by brilliant commanders. The British navy demonstrated its pluck in a dozen hard engagements, from its slashing attack on the Italian fleet at Cape Matapan to its defeat of the Bismark. But it was the American navy that made the most dramatic comeback, recoiling from the terrible defeat at Pearl Harbor to win a decisive victory at Midway only six months later.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boyne writes about naval surface warfare during WWII with fervid enthusiasm. The war at sea was undeniably the most far-reaching conflict ever, but Boyne insists it was also ``the most fascinating period in the history of naval warfare.'' His narrative supports the contention admirably as he conveys the full import of the campaigns at sea, showing how each was inextricably intertwined with land and air operations. He explains, for instance, how the U.S. Marines' campaign in the Solomons was part of a complex series of naval confrontations remembered as ``Guadalcanal,'' and how the big guns of the American fleet off the Italian coast decisively preserved the American beachhead at Anzio. Boyne elaborates on subjects usually ignored, such as the Allied and Axis mine-laying campaigns, which were phenomenally effective: naval mines sank more than 200 surface warships and thousands of merchant vessels between 1939 and 1945. He is refreshingly outspoken, referring to the ``savagely aggressive'' American counterattack in the Pacific and the ``utter blindness'' of Japanese strategic thinking. It is hard to imagine any account that could render more incisively the difference between the contending navies and the reasons for Allied domination in the end. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684839141
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/6/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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