Churchill's Navy : The Ships, Men and Organisation, 1939-1945, Hardback

Churchill's Navy : The Ships, Men and Organisation, 1939-1945 Hardback

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The history of the Royal Navy during the Second World War is an epic story of heroism and defiance, of stinging defeats but glorious triumphs.

Typically books tend to concentrate on the battle history of the navy, and of course this book also examines this topic from convoys to amphibious war, from submarine operations to the last gunnery battles in the Atlantic.

But it also looks at the ships themselves, recruitment, and the life and career paths of the officers that commanded and the men and women who served, the technical developments that influenced operations and tactics.

It details the composition of the surface and submarine navy from the smallest torpedo boat to the massive battleships and aircraft carriers.

This work will provide the most comprehensive assessment of all aspects of Churchill's Navy.




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This book was not quite what I was expecting. Where Lavery really shines is in talking about personnel issues, and the character of the various "private" navies within the Royal Navy. What there wasn't is a great deal of order of battle information; I had been hoping for more on squadron and flotilla dispositions and how they evolved over the course of the war. I also wasn't that impressed with the actual layout of the book, which reminded me of one of those budget over-sized books you find at the front of a Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. If an edition comes out in that format it's probably worth your money, otherwise it strikes me as being interlibrary loan fodder.