U.S. Navy Against the Axis

Surface Combat, 1941-1945
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Binding:Hardback
Published:May 11, 2013
By Vincent O'Hara (Author)
Naval historian Vincent O'Hara recounts here the dramatic story of the U.S. Navy's surface fleet in World War II, especially its ship-to-ship combat. He suggests that the fleet's role in America's ultimate victory was far more crucial than commonly credited and holds many lessons for today's Navy and the nation as a whole. His work is the only single volume to treat every surface naval action involving major American warships, both famous and obscure. The U.S. Navy against the Axis tells the story of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet in World War II with an emphasis on ship-to-ship combat. The book refutes the widely-held notion that the attack on Pearl Harbor rendered battleships obsolete and that aviation and submarines dominated the Pacific War. It demonstrates how the surface fleet played a decisive role at critical junctures. It was crucial to America’s ultimate victory and its story holds many lessons for today’s Navy and the nation as a whole.

The U.S. Navy against the Axis describes how swift adaptability and intellectual honesty were fundamental to the Navy’s success against Japan. The underlying premise is that the nation cannot assume that in a conflict against conventional or asymmetric enemies, it holds title to the same virtues the Navy demonstrated three generations ago. Instead those lessons need to be constantly studied and affirmed in the face of postwar mythologies, lest they be forgotten.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 364 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 11, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 159114650X
  • ISBN-13: 9781591146506
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 23.2 oz
Praise
  • “The naval aspect of World War II is often seen as a carrier war, but there is more to the story. In this book, a prominent naval historian makes the case that battleships and other surface vessels played just as important a role in defeating the Axis powers.” – WWII History Magazine

Vincent P. O'Hara is an independent scholar and the author of nine works including five published by the Naval Institute Press, most recently To Crown the Waves. His articles have appeared in the Naval War College Review, Warship, MHQ, Storia Militare, and other periodicals and journals. O'Hara was named "Naval Institute Press Author of the Year for 2015." He holds a history degree from the University of California, Berkeley. ."

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