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A series of paperback books, The Sunday Times Diary of the War, consisting of  daily entries outlining the course of the Second World War six monthly sections. While not wholly naval in content they usefully provide a time line of the course of the war in general. Click this icon to go to page with more details.
A series of paperback books, The Sunday Times Diary of the War, consisting of  daily entries outlining the course of the Second World War six monthly sections. While not wholly naval in content they usefully provide a time line of the course of the war in general. Click this icon to go to page with more details.
A series of paperback books, The Sunday Times Diary of the War, consisting of  daily entries outlining the course of the Second World War six monthly sections. While not wholly naval in content they usefully provide a time line of the course of the war in general. Click this icon to go to page with more details.
War with the Sea Wolves by Harold F. P. Wheeler – Covers the begining of the Second World War at Sea and ends immediately after Dunkirk. Good upbeat approach at time when Britain faced Nazi Germany more or less on our own.
Sydney Greenwood joined the Navy and served as a stoker in coal and oil burning ships in the Hungry Thirties through first the pre-war years and then World war II and into the fifties. Amongst his ships were HMS Hero, Fiji, L'Incomprise, Ilex, and the Sheffield. A very entertaining and interesting Royal Navy lower deck biography.
The British Navies in the Second World War by Admiral Sir W. M. James provides a very good general account of the major operations and actions by the British, Commonwealth and Allied navies during the Second World War. The usefulness of this work is greatly enhanced by twenty two plans, many folding out, adding greatly to the book's usefulness.
 
 
The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II - After years of interwar neglect, the Fleet Air Arm entered the war with meagre and obsolete equipment and just four aircraft carriers. Under continual operational pressure, the service was steadily rebuilt, winning significant mid-war victories, and ended the war with 59 carriers.
The War at Sea by B. Webster Smith: The middle book of a trilogy by this author which covers the period 1941 - 1943 of the Second World War including the Fall of Singapore, events in the Crete and the Mediterranean and Battle of the Atlantic, etc.
THE NAVAL WAR 1943-1945 by B. Webster Smith: The last book of a trilogy by this author which covers the period from 19431 to the end of the Second World War including the Italian campaigns, the X-craft and the destruction of Germany's capital ships, Russian convoys, the turn of the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic, and finally the British Fleet in the Pacific. OUT SWEEPS by Paul Lund and Harry Ludlam is the story of the forgotten Royal Navy ships of World War 2 – the Naval minesweepers. The drama and humour of the minesweepers is told by the officers and men who sailed them from home waters to the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, and on to the Far East.
The Merchant Service by Lt. Cdr. L. M. Bates, R.N.V.R.Lt. Cdr. L. M. Bates, R.N.V.R. a Royal Navy appreciation of the Merchant Navy's role in the Second World War"
The scourge of Allied shipping during World War II, the U-Boot Waffe was one of the most feared components of Hitler’s war machine, yet the Kriegsmarine was the least political branch of the Third Reich.  Illustrated with many previously unpublished images, this book offers a fresh insight into the experiences of the men in Dönitz’s legendary ‘wolf packs’.
 
 
Osprey New Vanguard 75 covers the German Pocket Battleships – the Deutschland, Admiral Graf Spee and  Admiral Scheer. Circumventing Treaty limitations using modern production methods, armaments and powerful new engine technology in 1939 they posed a potent threat. 
Operation Cornwall 1940 - 1944 by Viv Acton and Derek Carter; published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of D-Day, this fully illustrated book reveals the strategic importance – often overlooked in other studies – of this part of Cornwall. In BARRACUDA PILOT Dunstan Hadley describes how the Royal Navy managed to train enough young sailors as pilots and navigators to man the Fleet’s Air Arm. He writes about his experiences as a trainee pilot, an operational pilot, as a flight deck officer and in action against the Japanese in Sumatra and the raid on Sigli. Ronald Walsh served throughout WW2 and beyond. This very informative and interesting personal and well observed account of a senior rate’s experience of the Royal Navy in war and peace. With psychological insight Christopher McKee, in SOBER MEN AND TRUE, describes the human qualities of the lower deck, who, through their professionalism, courage, commitment and loyalty made the Royal Navy such a potent naval force in the first half of the 20th century.
           
OCEAN POWER WINS by BRIAN TUNSTALL contrasts the aim and work of the British and German submarine services, sheds new light on the anti-U-boat war, showing that, as far as Germany is concerned, Is is entirely defensive. The book also contains a new and penetrating study of the role of aircraft at sea, and the growth of the Fleet Air Arm, and ends with an account of the naval aspects of the invasion of Europe and the dramatic growth of our invasion navy. SWORDFISH SPECIAL by W. A. Harrison published by Ian Allan - book for sale. Copiously illustrated and informative study of the development of a torpedo bomber which served with such distinction until more suitable aircraft became available. Robert Clarkson entertainingly charts his progress during his Royal Navy service in WW2. He served in HMS Vindictive, HMS Revenge, HMS Emerald, HMS Carlisle and, in the Far East, HMLC(T) 3028. Richard Garrett tells the exciting story of the ww2 German battlecruisers SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU from their triumphant beginnings to their tragic ends tragic end - A tale of action at sea – of courage, success, failure, and, sometimes, blunder. MOVING BASES: ROYAL NAVY MAINTENANCE CARRIERS & MONABS: In this ground-breaking book Commander David Hobbs, a former Royal Navy pilot, describes the logistic support that enabled British aircraft carriers to carry out extended operations across the globe during World War 2 and the Korean Conflict. Ready for Anything by Geoff Puddefoot: Formally established in August 1905, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – unofficial motto: Ready for Anything – was originally a logistic support organisation, Admiralty – owned but run on civilian lines, and comprising a miscellaneous an very unglamorous collection of colliers, store ships and harbour craft.
 
In the early months of WW2 Keyes was highly critical of the Norwegian Campaign and itched to contribute. Churchill appointed Keyes liaison officer to the King of the Belgian’s and after the surrender he became the first director of Combined Operation in 1940 until 1941. In 1944 he undertook a goodwill tour of Canada, Australia and New Zealand during which he became ill through enemy action and never fully recovered, dying at home in 1945. Admiral James Somerville (1882-1949) was one of the great influences on the 20th-century British navy, both as a commander of fleets and a pioneer of radio and radar and the loneliness of high command is clearly revealed in almost 500 personal documents. In particular they show his frequent disagreements with Churchill - a feature common to all senior British commanders during the war. The Cunningham Papers v1, 1939-1942 cover the period when Admiral Cunningham was CIC Mediterranean Fleet. Including; Calabria, Taranto, Matapan, Greece and Crete, maintaining supply lines from Gibraltar,  the Navy's support of Army operations in the Western Desert, and convoys to Malta, together with activities of the striking forces based there. The Cunningham Papers v2, 1942-1946 - Cunningham was the Allied Naval Commander of the Expeditionary Force for Operation Torch in November 1942 and in 1943, Cunningham was summoned to replace the dying Pound as First Sea Lord, a position he held until his retirement from active service in June, 1946. The Defeat of the Enemy Attack on Shipping 1939-1945 is the Naval Staff History written after the war by Commanders Waters and Barley. This authoritative study of the impact of the German campaign and its ultimate defeat by Britain and her allies has been edited and revised by Eric Grove in this new edition for the Navy Records Society. Edited by Ben Jones ‘The Fleet Air Arm in WW2' first volume of three, explains how the neglected Royal Navy’s Air Arm tried to recover from the impact of pre-war duel control and economic stringencies to play a significant part in the early years of the war at sea. Publication No. 159 of the Navy Records Society.
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Essentially pictorial book, SUBMARINES WITH WINGS: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF AIRCRAFT CARRYING SUBMARINES by TERRY C. TREADWELL, with all these pioneering efforts well documented, with many extremely rare photographs of the boats and their purpose-built aircraft. However, much of the story relates to the post-1945 period, when the USA carried out many fascinating but little known developments in submarine aviation, including plans for a submarine-launched jet fighter.
The Great Ships Pass; British Battleships at War 1939-45.Peter C. Smith in this comprehensive volume presents a fresh and often controversial re-appraisal of the sometimes underrated role played by the British battleship in the closing years of its long history. He covers all the actions in which they took part during this last phase, the hunting down of the Graf Spec, the dramas of the chase after the Bismarck and the sinking of the Scharnhorst; the drubbing administered to the Italian fleet at Spartivento and Matapan. He also describes the disasters.
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Dan van der Vat maintains in this book "The Atlantic Campaign" (1986) says "at this distance the 'Battle of the Atlantic' can more clearly be seen as a campaign of many battles spread over nearly six years of war." Churchill used the phrase 'Battle of the Atlantic' to describe the struggle over the Anglo-American lifeline in the Second World War. Click here for more details.
For four years, merchantmen and escorts fought a long and bitter duel in the Atlantic against the U-boats intent on cutting Britain's vital supplies of food and arms. In the Mediterranean, British maritime forces, sea and air, kept Malta alive, whence vital German supplies to Africa were harried and cut, so making possible the victory at El Alamein; the British and US Navies then carried the Allied armies to the great amphibious assaults in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. In the Arctic, the Royal Navy fought convoys through to Russia against impossible odds and the fury of the elements.
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THE PHONEY FLEET by Commander Justin Richardson, R.N.V.R.  was published just after the end of World War Two, many of these poems first appeared in PUNCH. They are entertaining ditties full of wartime naval lore illustrated with vignettes by Major J. S. Hicks, Royal Marines. These poems, although written in wartime superbly manage to convey a scathing yet affectionate tongue-in-cheek view of the Royal Navy's view of the war at sea. Click on this thumbnail to see larger images of book's front board, title page and spine. CITIZEN SAILORS: Drawing on hundreds of contemporary diaries and letters, along with memoirs, oral history and official documents, Glyn Prysor paints a vivid human panorama of the war at sea. This is an unprecedented personal history, seen through the eyes of sailors themselves.
VALIANT OCCASIONS – J. E. MacDonnell: Nine-tenths of a naval war is made up of the unlightened drudgery of patrol work and convoy¬ing, in the search for enemy craft which were not there— but which would be there if the patrols were not. The nerve-tingling shout, "Enemy in sight!", is the climax to a preface of weeks, probably months, of monotonous drill, drill and more drill.

A splendid but large and heavy book illustrated in full colour on art quality paper; a portrait of the Allied navies engaged in a global naval war against determined enemies painted and described by John Hamilton the renowned naval artist.

Correlli Barnett demonstrates that the British Empire, with its oceanic communications, was less a source of strength to Britain than of weakness. He shows that Britain's dependence on seaborne imports of food, raw materials and American technology was also a liability and how the brunt of this and of Britain's global predicament fell upon the Royal Navy — but a Navy far too small for its tasks owing to the disarmament of the 1920s and the belated rearmament of the 1930s.
BRITISH CARRIER AVIATION The Evolution of the Ships and their Aircraft: From the seaplane carriers of 1914 to the success of the Falklands Taskforce the record of the Royal Navy carriers and naval aircraft for innovation and operational achievement has been unequalled among world navies. It is a record which has been maintained against a background of often limited resources and a British role in the world which has changed dramatically since 1918.