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The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591146421
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
  • Era: World War II
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Subject: World War II
  • Date Available: February 2014
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An international team of naval historians and scholars has pooled their expertise for this definitive reference on how the great navies of World War II were organized and how they trained, operated, and fought. They provide a point-by-point evaluation on the inner workings of the navies of the United States, the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, and the Soviet Union. Each navy has its own chapter, which covers such key features as weaponry, training, logistics, and doctrine. In bringing together data buried in specialized works in various languages, the authors deliver a fresh, multinational view of the naval war.     

Vincent P. O’Hara is a naval historian and author of works including Struggle for the Middle Sea: Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean 1940-45 (Naval Institute Press: 2009) and In Passage Perilous: Malta and the Convoy Battles of June 1942 (Indiana University Press: 2012). W. David Dickson is an authority on naval doctrine, communications, and tactics and author of The Battle of the Philippine Sea (Ian Allen: 1975). Richard Worth is a warship design expert and author of Fleets of World War II (Nimble: 2013), In the Shadow of the Battleship (Nimble: 2008), and Raising the Red Banner (Spellmount: 2008).

~ Praise for On Seas Contested ~

“Numerous stimulating and provocative observations [are] in On Seas Contested, which will be a standard reference for years to come.”

The Journal of Military History

“…A book that breaks new ground; it is an absolute must for anyone with aspirations to be a naval historian, and a good read for those simply interested in the navies of the Second World War.”

Warship 2012

“Although On Seas Contested is basically a reference book, it is also a very good read. For anyone studying the conflict as a whole at say undergraduate level, or even A-level, or with an informed but non-specialist interest (i.e. many readers of Shipwright) it is absolutely ideal. At a sensible size and a reasonable price, this ‘one-stop’ basic reference on the major navies of the Second World War is, at least in the near future, unlikely to be bettered.” 

SHIPWRIGHT 2012: The International Annual of Maritime History & Ship Modelmaking

“This effective collection of essays provides much detailed information on the French, German, British, Italian, Japanese, American, and Soviet navies during World War II. The range of material covered is very impressive.”

Naval History

“Published by the prestigious Naval Institute Press, this book is the product of an unprecedented collaboration by an international team of naval historians….Excellent book…The book’s multinational orientation delivers a fresh view that will be of great value as a reference source. It should be on the shelves of specialists in naval and military history as well as those generally interested in the hows and whys of the major navies in the Second World War.”

The Northern Mariner

On Seas Contested fills a noticeable void in naval history….The reader will come away with a much better understanding of the inner workings of each of the Seven Great Navies.” 

Sea History

One Seas Contested is a fascinating, in depth comparison of the major naval powers of the Second World War. On Seas Contested is a well-balanced, extensive examination of the seven major navies of the Second World War. The integration of foreign language sources, detailed multinational accounts, and a complementary organizational structure make this a must have reference for scholars and armchair historians alike. The authors present the material in a concise, easy to read format accessible to a variety of readers. The wealth of images and figures complement the analyses, while the appendixes and glossary of terms allow even a lay reader to follow and understand the text.” 

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Vincent P. O'Hara is a naval historian and the author and editor of numerous books including To Crown the Waves and On Seas Contested. He holds a history degree from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Chula Vista, CA.

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