A History of the Royal Navy World War II

A History of the Royal Navy  World War II
Author: Duncan Redford
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-03-27
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780857735058

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The Royal Navy's operations in World War II started on 3 September 1939 and continued until the surrender of Japan in August 1945 - there was no 'phoney war' at sea. The navy played a central role in the evacuation of the retreating British army at Dunkirk, and later orchestrated the sinking of Germany's mighty battleship and Hitler's pride, the Bismarck. Without the Royal Navy's attention to the defence of Britain's seaborne trade - especially in the struggle against German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic - there would not have been food for the country, fuel for the RAF's operations or supplies to keep the army fighting in Europe, North Africa and the Far East. Yet the outstanding naval contribution to Britain's survival and eventual victory came at a heavy cost in terms of ships and to the men who had to face not just the violence of the enemy, but also the violence of the sea. This book argues that World War II was, effectively, a maritime war; it was the Royal Navy's war.

A History of the Royal Navy

A History of the Royal Navy
Author: Martin Robson
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-03-27
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780857723444

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The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars were the first truly global conflicts. The Royal Navy was a key player in the wider wars and, for Britain, the key factor in her eventual emergence as the only naval power capable of sustained global hegemony. The most iconic battles of any era were fought at sea during these years - from the Battle of the Nile in 1798 to Nelson's momentous victory at Trafalgar in October 1805. In this period, the Navy had reached a peak of efficiency and was unrivalled in manpower and technological strength. The eradication of scurvy in the 1790s had a significant impact on the health of sailors and, along with regular supplies of food and water, gave the British an advantage over their rivals in battle. As well as naval battles, the Navy also undertook amphibious operations, capturing many of France's Caribbean colonies and Dutch colonies in the East Indies and Ceylon; this Imperial dimension was integral to British strength and counteracting French success on continental Europe. This book looks at the history of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815, from a broad perspective, examining the strategy, operations and tactics of British seapower. While it delves into the details of Royal Navy operations such as battle, blockade, commerce protection and exploration, it also covers a myriad of other aspects often overlooked in narrative histories such as the importance of naval logistics, transport, relations with the army and manning. An assessment of key naval figures and combined eyewitness accounts situate the reader firmly in Nelson's navy. Through an exploration of the relationship between the Navy, trade and empire, Martin Robson highlights the contribution Royal Navy made to Britain's rise to global hegemony through the nineteenth century Pax Britannica.

The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters

The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters
Author: Andrew Boyd
Publsiher: Casemate Publishers
Total Pages: 851
Release: 2017-03-30
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781473892507

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How British naval power in the Indian Ocean played a critical early role in WWII: “Commands the reader's attention. . . . a history game-changer.” —Warship, Naval Books of the Year This new work tells the compelling story of how the Royal Navy secured the strategic space from Egypt in the west to Australasia in the East through the first half of the Second World War—and explains why this contribution, made while Russia’s fate remained in the balance and before American economic power took effect, was so critical. Without it, the war would certainly have lasted longer and decisive victory might have proved impossible. After the protection of the Atlantic lifeline, this was surely the Royal Navy’s finest achievement, the linchpin of victory. The book moves authoritatively between grand strategy, intelligence, accounts of specific operations, and technical assessment of ships and weapons. It challenges established perceptions of Royal Navy capability and will change the way we think about Britain’s role and contribution in the first half of the war. The Navy of 1939 was stronger than usually suggested and British intelligence did not fail against Japan. Nor was the Royal Navy outmatched by Japan, coming very close to a British Midway off Ceylon in 1942. And it was the Admiralty, demonstrating a reckless disregard for risks, that caused the loss of Force Z in 1941. The book also lays stress on the key part played by the American relationship in Britain’s Eastern naval strategy. Superbly researched and elegantly written, it adds a hugely important dimension to our understanding of the war in the East.

The Royal Navy Seapower and Strategy between the Wars

The Royal Navy  Seapower and Strategy between the Wars
Author: C. Bell
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2000-08-02
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780230599239

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This revisionist study shows how the Royal Navy's ideas about the meaning and application of seapower shaped its policies during the years between the wars. It examines the navy's ongoing struggle with the Treasury for funds, the real meaning of the 'one power standard', naval strategies for war with the United States, Japan, Germany and Italy, the influence of Mahan, the role of the navy in peacetime, and the use of propaganda to influence the British public.

The British Navy Book

The British Navy Book
Author: Cyril Field
Publsiher: DigiCat
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2022-08-01
Genre: History
ISBN: EAN:8596547131304

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The British Navy Book" by Cyril Field. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy
Author: Julian Thompson
Publsiher: Treasures
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2017-11-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 0233004866

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Celebrate a century of Britain's Royal Navy with this fascinating history--complete with 15 items of removable facsimile memorabilia Without the Royal Navy, Britain might have lost two world wars, and even ceased to exist. This book salutes the service's incredible achievements over the last 100 years, and examines how it protected Britain's shores and wider interests. Here are a century of operations, from the First World War's northern patrol lifelines in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Mediterranean; to the increasingly sophisticated amphibious operations carried out in World War Two; to the Falklands War and the Royal Navy's role fighting piracy and handling humanitarian crises. This visually stunning volume is complemented by 15 loose facsimile documents from the prestigious National Museum of the Royal Navy, including letters, diary entries, war reports, and maps. Produced in association with The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

A History of the Royal Navy World War I

A History of the Royal Navy  World War I
Author: Mike Farquharson-Roberts
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-07-08
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 9780857726971

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World War I is one of the iconic conflicts of the modern era. For many years the war at sea has been largely overlooked; yet, at the outbreak of that war, the British Government had expected and intended its military contribution to be largely naval. This was a war of ideologies fought by and for empires. Britain was not defending simply an island; it was defending a far flung empire. Without the navy such an undertaking would have been impossible. In many respects the Royal Navy fought along the longest 'front' of any fighting force of the Great War, and it acted as the leader of a large alliance of navies. The Royal Navy fought in the North and South Atlantic, in the North and South Pacific, its ships traversed the globe from Australia to England, and its presence extended the war to every continent except Antarctica. Because of the Royal Navy, Britain could finance and resource not only its own war effort, but that of its allies. Following the naval arms race in the early 20th century, both Britain and Germany were equipped with the latest naval technology, including revolutionary new vessels such as dreadnoughts and diesel-powered submarines. Although the Royal Navy's operations in World War I were global, a significant proportion of the fleet's strength was concentrated in the Grand Fleet, which confronted the German High Seas Fleet across the North Sea. At the Battle of Jutland in 1916 the Royal Navy, under the command of Admiral Jellicoe, fought an iconic, if inconclusive battle for control of shipping routes. The navy might not have been able to win the war, but, as Winston Churchill put it, she 'could lose it in an afternoon'. The Royal Navy was British power and prestige. 43,244 British navy personnel would lose their lives fighting on the seas in World War I. This book tells their story and places the Royal Navy back at the heart of the British war effort, showing that without the naval dimension the First World War would not have been a truly global conflict.

Strategy and War Planning in the British Navy 1887 1918

Strategy and War Planning in the British Navy  1887 1918
Author: Shawn T. Grimes
Publsiher: Boydell Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2012
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781843836988

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Overturns existing thinking to show that the Royal Navy engaged professionally in war planning in the years before the First World War.