Archive Results For: WW2

Book Review:- ‘Mao’s Army Goes to Sea: The island campaigns and the founding of China’s navy ‘by T. Yoshihara

By Jordan Chapman

The naval element of the Chinese Civil War (1927–49) has been lacking in focused study, with more interest being shown in more contemporary Chinese maritime exploits. Toshi Yoshihara has seen fit to fill this gap by demonstrating how the People’s Republic of China went from having no navy to speak of, to forming an organized […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review:- ‘The U-Boat War: A global history, 1939–45’ by L. Paterson

By Eric C Rust

Over the past quarter century, Lawrence Paterson has been writing U-boat books for a broader market, plus works on prominent or notorious Wehrmacht units. He is not an academically trained historian, nor does he pretend to be one. He prefers a style of immediate, vivid reporting reminiscent of Kriegsmarine war correspondents before 1945 and of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines | Weapons

Review: ‘To the Java Sea: Selections from the diary, reports, and letters of Henry E. Eccles, 1940–1942’ by J. B. Hattendorf and P. Boyer (eds)

By Professor Evan Mawdsley

.. When Commander Henry E. Eccles finally reached the safety of Melbourne in March 1942 he wrote to his wife, My head is so stuffed with experiences and stories that I haven’t tried to write them down. It may be that I shall have the chance to put them into orderly form; if I do, […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Weapons

Book Review: ‘Victory at Sea: Naval power and the transformation of the global order in World War II’ by P. Kennedy

By Matthew S. Seligmann

Paul Kennedy’s books are always worth reading and this volume is no exception. It offers both a compelling narrative of the Second World War at sea and a thought-provoking interpretation. It is also richly illustrated with maps, charts and beautiful nautical paintings by the late Ian Marshall… Read More

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

Book Review: ‘Running the Gauntlet: Cargo liners under fire 1939–1945’ by B. Edwards

By Derek G. Law

Now in his mid-90s, Bernard Edwards is a prolific author with over 30 titles to his name, mainly focused on the experience of the Merchant Navy in the Second World War. Born in Newport in Wales in 1926 he went to sea as a merchant navy cadet in 1944 and spent some 37 years at […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Book Review: ‘The Ocean Class of the Second World War’ by M. Cooper

By Michael Leek

Much has been written about the more well-known Liberty class of Second World War mass-produced merchant ships, built in the United States under the then United States Government’s Emergency Shipbuilding Program. Effectively the design predecessor to the Liberties, the 60-ship Ocean class, built between October 1941 and November 1942 has received less attention, except possibly […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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

By Evan Mawdsley

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 […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review: ‘Knight of the North Atlantic: Baron Siegfried von Forstner and the War Patrols of ‘U-402’, 1941–1943’ by A. S. Hamilton

By Derek G. Law

At first sight this is the biography of yet another little-known but very successful U-boat commander which sets out his life and naval career and describes the eight patrols he conducted before U-402 was sunk with all hands in 1943. As dozens of books about the Second World War continue to be churned out each […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Submarines

Book Review-‘Hitler’s Attack U-boats: The Kriegsmarine’s WWII Submarine Strike Force’ by J. P. Mallmann Showell,

By Duncan Connors

In 1986 economic historian Corelli Barnet promoted a hypothesis that the German economy was far stronger during the Second World War than appearances may suggest. While evidence does not back this up, German submarine production was, due in no small part to the organizational skills of Albert Speer and to the system of distributed manufacturing […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘Total Undersea War: The evolutionary role of the snorkel in Dönitz’s U-boat fleet 1944–1945’ by A. S. Hamilton

By Derek G. Law

This is a well-produced and hefty – in all senses – book which gives a detailed technical account of the development of the snorkel and argues persuasively that it was a revolutionary technology whose impact in the closing period of the Second World War has been denied or overlooked by historians. Hamilton is a previously […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

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