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In THE PRICE OF ADMIRALTY, Keegan illuminates naval operations from Nelson's day to our own. He does this by dissecting four benchmark sea battles: Trafalgar, wooden ships of the line; Jutland, ironclads; Midway, aircraft carriers; and the Battle of the Atlantic, which saw the perfection of submarines. Keegan believes that "by looking at its ...
In THE PRICE OF ADMIRALTY, Keegan illuminates naval operations from Nelson's day to our own. He does this by dissecting four benchmark sea battles: Trafalgar, wooden ships of the line; Jutland, ironclads; Midway, aircraft carriers; and the Battle of the Atlantic, which saw the perfection of submarines. Keegan believes that "by looking at its past we may know the future of naval warfare."
"Keegan is a splendid historian, and his vision of the future of war at sea is grimly persuasive." (The Atlantic Monthly)
Keegan analyzes four landmark sea battles--Trafalgar, Jutland, MIdway and the Battle of the Atlantic--illuminating the history of naval conflict.
Introduction: Battle at Sea
The Wooden World
The Strategic Background
Nelson versus Napoleon
Nelson versus Villeneuve
Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail
Battle off Cape Trafalgar
What Had Happened?
The Fall of the Wooden Walls
High Seas Fleet versus Royal Navy
The War at Sea before Jutland
The Ironclad World
The Battle of Jutland
The Experience of Action: Battlecruisers versus battlecruisers; battleships versus battleships; the smaller ships
The Coming of the Aircraft Carrier
The Two Navies
The Pacific War before Midway
The Midway Campaign
The Battle of Midway: The battle over Midway island; the great carrier battle; the retreat from Midway
Counting the Cost
4. The Battle of the Atlantic: Convoys SC122 and HX229
The Emergence of the Submarine
Dönitz and the U-boat Service
The Battle of the Atlantic
The Underwater War: Convoy; U-boats; escorts; anti-submarine weapons; aircraft; radio intelligence; decryption
The Battle for Convoys HX229 and SC122: HX229 and SC122; the wolf-packs; the encounter; the massacre of HX229; the ordeal of SC122; the coming of the aircraft
The Balance of the Battle
Conclusion: An Empty Ocean
Posted October 21, 2001
Keegan's book ¿Price of Admiralty¿ is a vain attempt to transcend from the land into the ocean. He has chosen four pinnacles of naval warfare to showcase how technology has advanced, thus changing the nature of naval warfare. What he has not done is find new ways to interpret the information, nor did he seek to affix a thesis to unify the work. The conclusion is nothing more than an ill-fated warning of the 'supreme' submarine. Over all it is popular history at its best, a good study for someone who wishes an introduction, but one of little use to the scholar.
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