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Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat - W. Hughes

Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat

By: W. Hughes

Hardcover Published: 21st December 1999
ISBN: 9781557503923
Number Of Pages: 384

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This major revision updates Wayne Hughes's 1986 landmark study that is credited with providing decision makers a sound foundation for battle planning and tactical thinking. The book integrates the historical evolution of tactics, analysis, and fleet operations, and today it can serve as a primer for anyone who wants to learn how navies fight and win. This second edition includes much new material on combat in the missile age and reflects the reconfiguration of many tactics for littoral operations after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Hughes recreates famous battles to show how tactics have changed through the ages and the ways in which they have remained unchanged. He covers tactical interaction between land and sea, the sensory revolution of WWII, secret weapons and maritime surprise, the role in battle of leadership and morale, and the importance of surface warships in today's U.S. fleet. He suggests that naval tactics, unlike ground combat, are dominated by the offense and concludes that the great tactical maxim must be attack effectively first.

A new chapter traces the evolution of missile tactics at sea and includes details of attacks on ships. Many changes emphasize joint operations and coastal combat. The already extensive appraisal of command and control and information warfare is further expanded to cover modern naval operations and the character of modern salvo warfare. In the tradition of Mahan and Clauswitz, this classic text incorporates literature, politics, and a knowledge of human nature. Indispensable reading for all those interested in naval tactics, it is also a valuable reference for wargamers.

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Introductionp. 1
Six Cornerstonesp. 17
Tactical Development in Action: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1650-1815p. 45
Tactical Development in Peacetime, 1865-1914p. 60
World War II: A Weaponry Revolutionp. 90
World War II: The Sensory Revolutionp. 117
Evolution of Tactics in the Age of Missile Warfarep. 145
The Great Trendsp. 169
The Great Constantsp. 203
The Trends and Constants of Technologyp. 228
The Great Variablesp. 244
Modern Tactics and Operationsp. 266
Anchoragep. 310
App. A: Terminologyp. 349
Principles of Warp. 354
Bibliographyp. 362
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9781557503923
ISBN-10: 1557503923
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 21st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 2