The U.S. Navy Against the Axis

Surface Combat, 1941-1945
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Binding:Paperback
Published:February 15, 2017
By Vincent P. O'Hara (Author)

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.

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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
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1682471853
  • ISBN-13: 9781682471852
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 18.59 oz
Praise
  • “This book…demonstrates how the surface fleet payed 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.” – SeaTechnology Magazine
  • The Journal of America’s Military Past reviewed this book. “If one is only interested in the story of the U.S. Navy’s ship-to-ship encounters during World War II, one will not find a finer book on the subject than this volume. The text is supported by a series of excellent maps, charts, tables, and photographs that clarify and illuminate the written story.” (Print review. Vol XLII, No. 23, Fall 2017)

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

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