Book Review: ‘The United States Navy in World War II: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa’ by M. E. Stille,

By Evan Mawdsley, published November 2022


This is a valuable book, providing expert descriptions of major American combat ships. In addition, it outlines and evaluates the development of the warship fleet, and its major operations in the Second World War, both in the Pacific and the Atlantic.

The immediate outstanding feature are the colour profiles of the major combat ships, many showing modification of an individual vessel over time. Captions explain details, however given the excellent profiles it is a pity more is not said about USN camouflage systems, Most of these colour profiles were published in earlier Osprey publications, but it is certainly useful to have them together in one book, alongside well-informed analysis of warship types and specific classes. Also included is an excellent selection of well-captioned warship photographs, some of them in colour…

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Subjects include: Navies

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