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How to Lose a War at Sea : Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders - Bill Fawcett

How to Lose a War at Sea

Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders

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A follow up to HOW TO LOSE A BATTLE and HOW TO LOSE A WAR, this engrossing and fact-filled compendium offers even more great military disasters and ill-advised battle plans, this time on the high seas. From the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, history is littered with horribly bad military ideas on the open seas. Whether a result of lack of planning, miscalculations, a leader's ego, spy infiltration, or just a really stupid idea in the first place, each military defeat is fascinating to dissect. Among the catastrophic missteps:

  • The ANZAC disaster at Gallipoli
  • Germany's failed WWII campaign in the North Atlantic
  • Kennedy's quarantine of Cuba
  • The French defeat of the British at the Battle of the Chesapeake
  • The rise of the American Navy during the Barbary Wars
  • The short life and death of Imperial Japan's Navy
  • The sinking of the Bismarck, Nazi megaship
  • Admiral Nelson's greatest hits: The Nile and Trafalgar With over 35 chapters of incredible military disasters, both famous (infamous) and obscure, HOW TO LOSE A WAR AT SEA is full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the world's greatest seafaring military defeats.

    An engrossing compendium of high-seas military disasters

    From the days of the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, battles have been bungled just as badly on water as they have been on land. Some blunders were the result of insufficient planning, overinflated egos, espionage, or miscalculations; others were caused by ideas that didn't hold water in the first place. In glorious detail, here are thirty-three of history's worst maritime mishaps, including:

    • The British Royal Navy's misguided attempts to play it safe during the American Revolution
    • The short life and death of the Imperial Japanese Navy
    • The scuttling of the Graf Spee by a far inferior force
    • The sinking of the Nazi megaship Bismarck
    • "Remember the Maine!"-the lies that started the Spanish-American War
    • Admiral Nelson losing track of Napoleon but redeeming himself at the Nile
    • The ANZAC disaster at Gallipoli
    • Germany's failed WWII campaign in the North Atlantic
    • Kennedy's quarantine of Cuba

    Chock-full of amazing facts and hilarious trivia, How to Lose a War at Sea is the most complete volume of nautical failures ever assembled.

  • ISBN: 9780062069092
    ISBN-10: 0062069098
    Series: How to Lose Series
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 1st October 2013
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.9  x 2.1
    Weight (kg): 0.27