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War at Sea

The Royal Navy's strategy in the Second World War, just as it had been in the Great War, was to protect the British Isles from attack, to keep the islands vital sea supply lanes open and to maintain communication with the far-flung British Empire and Allied forces fighting in distant theatres. From the early sinking of the pocket battleship Graf Spee in December 1939, through the Norway campaign, the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, and the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941, the senior service more than played its part. It was aided by technological development such as the development of radar and Asdic, the echo sounding device for detecting submarines. Indeed, its greatest challenge lay under the waves, in countering and finally defeating the U-boat threat to our crucial food imports in the Battle of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, the loss of the Prince of Wales and Repulse to Japanese bombers, and the Battle of Midway in which Japan lost three Aircraft Carriers to the US, sounded the death knell for a century and a half of Britain's maritime supremacy. Even so, she ended the war still possessing by far the world's largest fleet.

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DONITZ AND THE WOLF PACKS

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DONITZ AND THE WOLF PACKS
Product Code: 25789

This was a battle without quarter. A battle the U-boats would have won had it not been for the grit and determination of the convoy escorts and the unflagging resilience of the men who manned the vulnerable merchant ships. This book faithfully records the progress of the Battle of the Atlantic, w...
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CONVOY WILL SCATTER
The Full Story of Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84

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CONVOY WILL SCATTER The Full Story of Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84
Product Code: 24236

An investigation and dramatic description of the tragic fate of Convoy HX84, attacked in mid-Atlantic by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer. Thanks to the self-sacrifice of the merchant Cruiser Jervis Bay and the liner Beaverford, only four merchantmen were lost. The unequal duel between...
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XD OPERATIONS
Secret British Missions Denying Oil to the Nazis

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XD OPERATIONS Secret British Missions Denying Oil to the Nazis
Product Code: 10854

First full revelation of a vital secret demolition operation to burn vast oil reserves along the coasts of Norway, Holland, Belgium and France and deny them to the invading Germans. A long-overdue tribute to the men who carried out a difficult and dangerous task on Churchill's personal orders.
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CONWAY’S CHURCHILL AND SEA POWER

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CONWAY’S CHURCHILL AND SEA POWER
Product Code: 23889

This is an excellent book, well researched, balanced and well written.Churchill and Seapower is the first major study of Winston Churchill's record as a naval strategist and his impact as the most prominent guardian of Britain's sea power in the modern era. Based on extensive archival research, t...
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CHURCHILL’S ANCHOR 
The Biography of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound OM, GCB, GCVO

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CHURCHILL’S ANCHOR The Biography of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound OM, GCB, GCVO
Product Code: 25375

Dudley Pound was the main British player in naval warfare in the Second World War. As the head of the Navy, Pound had to cope with Hitler by day and Churchill by night. The architect of most of the major naval operations - good and bad - from the Norway campaign to the clearing of the Mediterrane...
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E-BOAT THREAT

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E-BOAT THREAT
Product Code: 25401

Motor torpedo boats - E-boats to the Germans and PT boats to the Americans - came into their own in the Second World War when their small size and fast speed were used to attack and defend coastal waters. This book recounts the menace E-boats posed to the vital convoys keeping Britain alive, an...
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FROM THE DARDANELLES TO ORAN 
Studies of the Royal Navy in War and Peace 1915-1940

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FROM THE DARDANELLES TO ORAN Studies of the Royal Navy in War and Peace 1915-1940
Product Code: 25335

Author Arthur J. Marder was arguably the greatest naval historian of the 20th century. In this classic collection of essays he examines episodes of British Royal Navy involvement in operations ranging from the disastrous attempt to force the Dardanelles straits in 1915, to the controversial attac...
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GERMAN U-BOAT LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II
Details of Destruction

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GERMAN U-BOAT LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II Details of Destruction
Product Code: 25511

No other publication on the U-boats in the Second World War offers the wealth of detail contained in this book. The book lists by hull number each U-boat's date of commissioning, its commander, and the date and port of departure of its last patrol. Also listed are the date, position and cause of ...
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IMAGES OF WAR: BATTLESHIPS 
WWII Evolution of the Big Guns

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IMAGES OF WAR: BATTLESHIPS WWII Evolution of the Big Guns
Product Code: 25333

The Second World War was the final hour of the big battleships - the leviathans which had dominated Naval warfare in the early 20th century. This fine pictorial volume features many of the war's most iconic ships, including the Tirpitz, Warspite, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Yamoto, and New Jersey.
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IMAGES OF WAR: MERCHANT SAILORS AT WAR 1943-1945
Beating the U-Boat

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IMAGES OF WAR: MERCHANT SAILORS AT WAR 1943-1945 Beating the U-Boat
Product Code: 25334

A pictorial history of the important merchant ships of the Second World War - the vital vessels which kept the lifelines to Britain open during the savage struggle against U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic.
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