The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters

Linchpin of Victory 1935-1942
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Binding:Hardback
Published:April 15, 2017
By Andrew Boyd (Author)

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The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters tells the compelling story of how the Royal Navy secured the strategic space from Egypt in the west to Australasia in the East through the first half of World War II. It explains why this contribution, made while the Soviet Union’s fate remained in the balance and before American economic power took effect, was so critical. Without it the war would certainly have lasted longer and decisive victory might have proved impossible. After the protection of the Atlantic lifeline, this was surely the Royal Navy’s finest achievement.

The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters tells the compelling story of how the Royal Navy secured the strategic space from Egypt in the west to Australasia in the East through the first half of World War II. It explains why this contribution, made while the Soviet Union’s fate remained in the balance and before American economic power took effect, was so critical. Without it the war would certainly have lasted longer and decisive victory might have proved impossible. After the protection of the Atlantic lifeline, this was surely the Royal Navy’s finest achievement.

The book covers grand strategy, intelligence, accounts of specific operations, and technical assessment of ships and weapons. It challenges established perceptions of Royal Navy capability and will change the way we think about Britain’s role and contribution in the first half of the war. The Royal Navy of 1939 was stronger than is usually suggested and British intelligence did not fail against Japan. Nor was the Royal Navy outmatched by Japan, coming very close to a British ‘Midway’ off Ceylon in 1942. And it was the Admiralty, demonstrating a reckless disregard for risks that caused the loss of Force Z in 1941. The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters also emphasizes the key role the American relationship played in Britain’s Eastern naval strategy.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 496 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1473892481
  • ISBN-13: 9781473892484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 36.8 oz
Praise
  • ‘Naval Books of the Year’. “[F]rom the very first pages, [The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters] commands the reader’s attention…. This book is a history game-changer in putting the Indian Ocean at the centre of Britain’s war strategy as it evolved from 1939 to 1942. It is well-written and well researched: there are 85 pages of footnotes and the bibliography extends to 27 pages.” —Warship
  • “This book is recommended for specialist naval historians as well as general readers interested in the Second World War at sea.” – The Northern Mariner

Andrew Boyd, CMG, OBE, DPhil, was educated at Britannia Royal Naval College and St. John’s College, Oxford. He served as a submariner in the Royal Navy before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980. He has had a long-standing interest in twentieth century naval history and was awarded a research fellowship to undertake a DPhil.

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