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German Fleet at War, The: 1939-1945 - Vincent P. O'Hara

German Fleet at War, The: 1939-1945

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The realities of naval combat as well as the facts are presented in this authoritative study. Using both a tabular and narrative format, it tells the story of all sixty-nine surface naval actions fought by major warships of the German navy against major warships of the British, French, American, Polish, Soviet, Norwegian, and Greek navies. While focusing on the operational details of these actions, the author also paints a broad overview of the naval war to give each battle context. Vincent O?Hara is the first to provide so much information in a single volume. Most books emphasize the famous actions?like those involving Bismarck and Graf Spee?at the expense of lesser known engagements, and in doing so distort the historical record. This unusual mix of macro and micro reveals the big picture and helps illustrate how designs, doctrine, and leadership withstood the stress of combat. It also shows that the German navy?s war was far more that a U-boat war, that its surface fleet was much more than a few star-crossed battleships, and that the fleet was more successful in carrying out the tasks allocated to it than is generally acknowledged. Everyone interested in naval history and how ships and men withstand the ultimate test of battle will welcome this priceless resource that is free from the nationalistic bias that sometimes taints works like this. 368 pages. 23 photos. 9 line drawings. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Index. About the Author Vincent P. O?Hara is a business consultant and researcher living in San Diego, California. His work has appeared in Warship and World War II, among other magazines. 18 photos

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Opening Rounds, September 1939-January 1940p. 1
The Invasion of Norway, April-June 1940p. 15
The English Channel and the High Seas, 1940p. 60
The Bismarck Cycle of Battles, May 1941p. 75
Actions in Soviet Waters, 1941p. 96
The English Channel and the French Coast, 1942p. 112
Battles of the Polar Sea, 1942-1943p. 128
The Eastern Mediterranean, August 1943-May 1945p. 166
Actions in the English Channel and French Waters, 1943p. 182
Actions in the English Channel, January-June 1944p. 200
French Waters after D-Day, June-December 1944p. 220
The Western Mediterranean, September 1943-May 1945p. 233
Home Waters: Norway and the Baltic, 1944-1945p. 248
Conclusionp. 259
Equivalents, Abbreviations, and Definitions of Termsp. 263
Organization of the German Navyp. 269
Statistical Analysisp. 271
Notesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9781591146513
ISBN-10: 1591146518
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57