World War II at Sea [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia

World War II at Sea [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia

by Spencer C. Tucker
     
 

The war at sea was a key aspect of World War II, one that is too-often under-studied. This comprehensive encyclopedia shares current understandings of the struggle to control the seas during that conflict—and it opens our eyes to the reasons sea power continues to be of critical importance today.

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The war at sea was a key aspect of World War II, one that is too-often under-studied. This comprehensive encyclopedia shares current understandings of the struggle to control the seas during that conflict—and it opens our eyes to the reasons sea power continues to be of critical importance today.

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"This excellent starting point for research projects on naval operations during World War II will be a solid addition to public and academic libraries." - Library Journal

"As he has done in other military-history reference works, editor Tucker has assembled knowledgeable contributors who have carried out a consistent editorial approach to produce an informative, well constructed resource on a significant aspect of a major historical era." - Booklist

"This work can serve as a quick reference for battles and individuals. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

Library Journal
A senior fellow of military history at ABC-CLIO and the author or editor of 40 books and encyclopedias, Tucker now offers a detailed history of World War II naval battles, explaining the importance of navies and their strategies. Entries on ships, commanders, battles, and naval technology mainly focus on the involvement of the Allied and Axis navy or military leader in a specific battle or deployment of a weapons system. An example is the entry on radar that chronicles how Britain, Japan, Italy, and the United States developed and adopted radar systems for use by their forces. Another example is the entry about submarines that lists how those same countries plus France, the Soviet Union, and Germany developed their vessels and includes specific information on their speed and weaponry. Each entry includes a list of references. The set features numerous photographs, a chronology of principal events at sea during the war, an extensive bibliography, a glossary of World War II naval terms, and categorical and general indexes. VERDICT This excellent starting point for research projects on naval operations during World War II will be a solid addition to public and academic libraries.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida-Polytechnic, Lakeland
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—This specialized work has a broad international scope, covering the forces of countries from Australia to Yugoslavia. Signed, informative pieces describe ships by class; discuss specific distinguished battleships, carriers, submarines and other craft; highlight technical innovations from aircraft carriers to radar; and offer information on principle players, weaponry, and battles. The thorough set even outlines never-executed plans such as Operation Downfall (the invasion of Japan). Black-and-white period photos are included with some articles. In certain entries, such as "Evacuation of Dunkirk," a map may have been more useful than a photo for those less acquainted with the event. A chronology, a glossary of naval terms, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index enhance the usefulness of this set. Still, the material is best suited to those with a knowledge of, and keen interest in, World War II naval history.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598844573
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Pages:
925
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 2.70(d)

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