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Churchill's highly acclaimed and eminently readable account of the War
the official US Naval Historian - his one-Volume Summary. Again, highly readable



In Memory of my father, Ordnance Artificer George Smith 1916-43



Campaigns, Battles, Warship Losses, Political and Military Background

by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

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Based on the "The War at Sea" by Gordon Smith, published by Ian Allan 1989
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"... a remarkable book. ... For the researcher or professional reader, "The War at Sea" will be invaluable. The general reader .... will benefit from having the whole picture explained .... and .... from the simplicity and conciseness of the information and its presentation" - Ships Monthly



Photographs are mainly courtesy of Steve Johnson of Cyberheritage (CH). My thanks to him

        Internet/E-Book and Original Introductions
    1   Beginning & End, Battle Honours, Victoria Cross at Sea, 1939-45
  1939 2   Atlantic & Europe at the Start, Main Role of Royal Navy
    3   Battle of Atlantic starts, 'Phoney War' on land, Battle of River Plate
  1940 4   Invasion of Norway, Battles of Narvik, Blitzkrieg on Western Europe, Dunkirk evacuation starts
    5   Evacuation of Dunkirk ends, Italy at war, Action at sea in the Mediterranean, France falls
    6   Mediterranean at the Start, including North Africa, East Africa, Near or Middle East
    7   Fall of France, Battle of Britain, War in Mediterranean
    8   U-boat packs in Atlantic, Blitz on Britain, Attack on Taranto, German raiders at sea
  1941 9   Battle of Cape Matapan, Battles for Greece & Crete, Capture of U.110, Enigma codes, Loss of 'Hood', sinking of 'Bismarck'
    10   Invasion of Russia, Malta Convoys, Japan prepares for war
    11   Indian & Pacific Oceans at the Start
    12   Pearl Harbor attacked, Loss of 'Repulse' & 'Prince of Wales', Singapore falls, 'Channel Dash' by German big ships, to February 1942
  1942 13   Russian convoys, Raid on St Nazaire, Battle of Sirte Gulf, SE Asia & SW Pacific occupied, British landings on Madagascar
    14   Malta, Atlantic & Russian convoy battles, Raid on Dieppe, Battles of Midway, Alamein, and for Guadalcanal
    15   Landings in French North Africa ('Torch'), Final battles for Guadalcanal & Stalingrad, 'Cockleshell heroes', Battle of Barents Sea, to January 1943
  1943 16   Battles for Tunis & North Africa, Battle of Atlantic peaks, U-boats withdraw, 'Dambusters' raid'
    17   Invasion of Sicily ('Husky'), Battle of Kursk, Italy surrenders, Salerno landings ('Avalanche'), U-boat packs return to Atlantic, X-craft attack 'Tirpitz'
    18   British Aegean campaign, Battle for Italy, Battles for New Guinea & Solomons, US landings on Tarawa, 'Scharnhorst' sunk in Battle of North Cape, Burma campaign
  1944 19   reviews Ultrarade Froce4Him Air war on Germany, Atlantic & Russian convoy battles, Anzio landings ('Shingle'), Indian Ocean operations, Battles of Cassino, Preparations for D-day
    20   Invasion of Normandy ('Overlord'),Capture of Rome,  V-1's on England, Saipan landings & Battle of Philippines Sea, Attacks on 'Tirpitz', S of France landings ('Dragoon')
    21   Western Allies cross into Germany, U-boat's British Inshore campaign, V.2's hit London, Russians reach Eastern Europe, Battles of Leyte Gulf
  1945 22   Russians reach Germany, Indian Ocean operations, British inshore & Russian convoy battles continue, US takes Iwo Jima, British Pacific Fleet in action, Okinawa invaded, Defeat of Germany
    23   Germany surrenders, Battle of Atlantic ends,  Italy taken, Burma & Okinawa conquered, A-Bombs tested & dropped, Defeat of Japan

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