"No one knows more about the interwar navy than the Hones. Historians will welcome this authoritative analysis based on Thomas Hone's thirty years of meticulous research. And not just historians—all those interested in how military innovation and transformation actually works in the real world will want to read this book." —RONALD H. SPECTOR author of Eagle Against the Sunand At War At Sea
"What a book! Battle Line masterfully evokes the interwar Navy and explains how it carried the seeds of World War II victory—and, for that matter, the seeds of the current Navy, too. Tom and Trent Hone show how that Navy was designed to fight, and how and why its less visible aspects, such as its organization, supported that capability. No one else has provided so deep or so broad an account."—NORMAN FRIEDMAN author of The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
This heavily illustrated book examines the twenty-year period that saw the U.S. fleet shrink under the pressure of arms limitation treaties and government economy and then grow again to a world-class force. The authors trace the Navy's evolution from a fleet centered around slow battleships to one that deployed most of the warship types that proved so essential in World War II, including aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, battleships, and submarines. Both the older battleships and these newer ships are captured in stunning period photographs that have never before been published. An authoritative yet lively text explains how and why the newer ships and aircraft came to be.
Thomas Hone and Trent Hone describe how a Navy desperately short of funds and men nevertheless pioneered carrier aviation, shipboard electronics, code-breaking, and (with the Marines) amphibious warfare-elements that made America's later victory in the Pacific possible. Based on years of study of official Navy department records, their book presents a comprehensive view of the foundations of a navy that would become the world's largest and most formidable. At the same time, the heart of the book draws on memoirs, novels, and oral histories to reveal the work and the skills of sailors and officers that contributed to successes in World War II.
Thomas C. Hone, an executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, is an award-winning author of many papers and books on naval subjects, including American and British Aircraft Carrier Development, 191-1941. He has taught at the Naval War College and the National Defense University among other institutions. Trent Hone, a software engineer, has published several articles on the U.S. Navy's tactical development before World War II. Both father and son are residents of Arlington, Virginia.