Book Review – ‘The US Navy and the War in Europe’ by Robert C. Stern
Robert Stern is a prolific author on various aspects of naval history, with specific emphasis on the war at sea during the Second World War. His latest work, The US Navy and the War in Europe, successfully counters the ‘persistent misconception’ that the US Navy’s greatest contribution to the Second World War was the defeat of Imperial Japan. The author not only successfully addresses the imbalance, but also brings into focus the fact that America was not at peace prior to Pearl Harbor. He demonstrates quite effectively that an undeclared war between the United States and Nazi Germany existed months before 7 December 1941, and the instrument used by the United States was its navy and coast guard….