Examining how naval warfare has developed and unfolded during the past century, this collection of essays blends the importance of individual acts of maritime valor and ingenuity with concise explanations of pivotal naval battles to arrive at a vivid picture of how naval war has taken its current shape. Emphasizing the multidimensional nature of modern nautical combat, this book investigates the ways in which technological advances have changed the wartime experience of sailors as well as the shape that navies will likely take in the 21st century. The experiences of sailors in a number of important 20th-century conflicts are taken into consideration, with special attention given to individual accounts of fighting in World War II, the Korean War, and the Gulf War.
Pt. 1. Setting the scene. Introduction: an anatomy of the face of naval battle / John Reeve -- Operational command at sea / Andrew Gordon -- pt. 2. Aspects of the face of naval battle. Western advisors and Chinese sailors in the 1894-95 Sin-Japanese War / Bruce Elleman -- The commander in crisis: Graf Spee and the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron in 1914 / Peter Overlack -- Sailors and seaborne soldiers in the defense of Australia, 1914-2001 / Russell Parkin -- The treatment of casualties from the Sydney-Emden action / Michael Dowsett -- The aircraft carrier: the experience of its conception, procurement and operation / David Hobbs -- The Second World War, Korea and Vietnam: a personal perspective on naval warfare / Guy Griffiths -- Aboard HMAS Hobart in the Java Sea area in 1942 / Gordon Johnson -- 'The gunner': J.E. Macdonnell and the face of naval battle / Peter Stanley -- US submarines at war: the recollection of motor machinist's mate Thomas R. Parks, USN / David Jones -- The strain of the bridge: the Second World War diaries of Commander A.F.C. Layard, DSO, DSC, RN / Michael Whitby -- The pursuit of realism: British anti-submarine tactics and training to counter the fast submarine, 1944-52 / Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones -- Command at sea in war and peace: an Australian experience during the Gulf War and after / Lee Cordner -- pt. 3. The warrior and his foe. The faceless foe: perceptions of the enemy in modern naval battle / David Stevens -- Stress in war: the warrior's confrontation with the spectre of death / Colin Wastell -- The face of the future naval battle / Peter Jones.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 21st December 2012
Edition Number: 1