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The Face of Naval Battle : The human experience of modern war at sea - John Reeve

The Face of Naval Battle

The human experience of modern war at sea

Paperback Published: 1st June 2003
ISBN: 9781865086675
Number Of Pages: 384

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Naval history is sometimes criticised for concentrating on the technical side of operations at the expense of the human. The Face of Naval Battle breaks new ground in that for the first time the authors closely examine the individual and group experience of maritime warfare in the twentieth century. What is it that makes naval battle different from combat in the air or on the ground? What is the future of maritime warfare?

Ranging from lively accounts of individual acts of heroism through to critical studies of the problems of command at sea, The Face of Naval Battle highlights the multi-dimensional nature of maritime warfare. Drawing on the latest research from around the world, many hitherto ignored aspects of war at sea are brought to light and placed in the context of the broader human experience of conflict.

Illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of naval, military and strategic affairs, as well as to the general reader.


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1 Introduction: an anatomy of the face of naval battle John Reeve

2 Operational command at sea Andrew Gordon


3 Western advisors and Chinese sailors in the 1894-95 Sino-Japanese War Bruce Elleman

4 The commander in crisis: Graf Spee and the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron in 1914 Peter Overlack

5 Sailors and seaborne soldiers in the defence of Australia, 1914-2001 Russell Parkin

6 The treatment of casualties from the Sydney-Emden action Michael Dowsett

7 The aircraft carrier: the experience of its conception, procurement and operation David Hobbs

8 The Second World War, Korea and Vietnam: a personal perspective on naval warfare Guy Griffiths

9 Aboard HMAS Hobart in the Java Sea area in 1942 Gordon Johnson

10 'The Gunner': J.E. Macdonn

ISBN: 9781865086675
ISBN-10: 1865086673
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 2003
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1