On the declaration of war in 1939 the British Admiralty signalled all warships and naval bases ‘Total Germany, Total Germany’. It was fortunate that of Germany’s three armed services, the Kriegsmarine under Grosseradmiral Erich Raeder was the least well prepared. True, Admiral Karl Donitz’s U-Boat force was to give the Allies many anxious times but Hitler was never comfortable or competent in his handling of naval surface forces. Total Germany is a concise yet comprehensive account of the Royal Navy’s part in the war at sea and the measures taken to ensure victory. The different approaches taken by the warring countries are expertly examined. The author reviews the differing strategies and tactics of the various theatres such as the Far East, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Arctic.
TOTAL GERMANY The Royal Navy’s War against the Axis Powers 1939-1945
The Royal Navy that went to war with the Axis in 1939 was a shrunken, Depression-era version of the fleet that had beaten the Kaiser twenty years earlier. David Wragg shows us how the British navy rebounded yet struggled to “rule the waves” against Germany, Italy and Japan.