Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century

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The major naval powers-Britain, America, Russia, and Japan-have all played a part in the theater of war at sea over the last one hundred years. Naval fighting has always been a rapidly developing affair, and in no century have changes been so swift and fundamental. This book is a detailed account of the bloody and tragic battles that took place and of the shifting pattern in the status of the naval powers, sometimes masking its effect on our ...
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Overview

The major naval powers-Britain, America, Russia, and Japan-have all played a part in the theater of war at sea over the last one hundred years. Naval fighting has always been a rapidly developing affair, and in no century have changes been so swift and fundamental. This book is a detailed account of the bloody and tragic battles that took place and of the shifting pattern in the status of the naval powers, sometimes masking its effect on our history today.

In 1905, when this book begins, the first major engagement between ironclad fleets-the Battle of Tsu-Shima-took place in the Far East and decided the outcome of the Russo-Japanese war in Japan's favor. What follows are the mighty sea battles of our century, graphically reconstructed for the reader. Victories, defeats, and mutinies at sea, from the battle with the Bismarck to the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal, are all recorded in sometimes horrific detail. This is a moving testament to battles the likes of which changed the world.

Author Bio: Richard Hough, the distinguished naval historian, was the author of many acclaimed books in the field, including The Fleet That Had to Die, Admirals in Collision, The Great War at Sea: 1914-18, and The Longest Battle: The War at Sea 1939-45. He was the biographer of Mountbatten, and his last biography, Captain James Cook, became a world bestseller.

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Distinguished naval historian and biographer Hough has chosen 13 naval battles of the 20th century for analysis and discussion of their place in history. Beginning with Tsu-Shima, 1905, in which the Japanese decisively defeated the Russians, he proceeds to investigate 12 additional engagements, eight of which involve Britain and three the United States; one other is Russo-Japanese. Why the author considers Bogger Bands, River Plate, Bismarck Battle, and North Cape important is not apparent, as these battles had no real effect on the conduct of World Wars I and II. Hough, being English, has every right to emphasize the Royal Navy, but why not include the Coral Sea, Marianas, and Okinawa, all of which had great impact on the outcome of World War II? Clear and concise, this book is suitable for readers who have little or no background in 20th-century naval history but it is not much more. Recommended for libraries wanting a simplified account of recent naval battles. Stanley L. Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585673797
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,300,029
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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