Book Review-‘The War for the Seas: A maritime history of World War II’ by E. Mawdsley

By Derek Law, published October 2020

Abstract

Evan Mawdsley is a former professor of international history at the University of Glasgow. With a notable publication record on twentieth century Russian history and on the Second World War, he here turns his attention to the naval war. The result is a wide-ranging, comprehensive and lucidly written account of the war at sea, full of shrewd judgements, a wide perspective and strongly argued views. It is a masterly and authoritative work, which combines broad overviews with fascinating detail, such as the fact that perhaps the two greatest historians of the naval war, Stephen Roskill and Samuel Eliot Morison both took part in the battle of Kolombangara in 1943.

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Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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