Book ID: CBB001421490

War at Sea: A Naval Atlas, 1939--1945 (2012)


Faulkner, Marcus (Author)
Wilkinson, Peter (Author)

Naval Instute Press
Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: xii + 275 pp.; ill.; maps; bibl.; index
Language: English

Never before in the vast literature of World War II has there been a naval atlas such as this to show graphically the complexities of the war at sea that spread across every ocean during that global conflict. This beautifully produced book by the British naval historian, Marcus Faulkner, provides a unique cartographic presentation of the sea war. It offers more than 150 full-color maps and charts to help readers visualize exactly what happened over the course of the war. All of the great campaigns and major battles are included, but so too, are the smaller operations, amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes, and sinkings. No other work has attempted such an ambitious view of the war at sea. Certain to become a definitive reference work of World War II, the book is suitable not only for historians and serious naval enthusiasts, but also for general readers seeking a sweeping visual explanation of what happened in a naval war that extended from the coldest arctic seas to the tropical beaches of the Pacific. Entire sections of the book are devoted to the Pacific war, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the campaigns in the Mediterranean, and in-depth coverage is also given to smaller, crucial events, such as the Dieppe landings. Maps depict battle dynamics and provide extensive information on the opposing forces, their ships and equipment, and the strategic significance of events. General thematic maps on such topics as ship losses, aerial strengths, and convoy routes, give readers a full understanding of the many contributing factors that shaped the tactics and strategies of the Allied and Axis forces. The well-known naval authority and author Andrew Lambert offers an informative introduction that sets the stage for the breathtaking illustrations that follow.

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Authors & Contributors
Nicolai, Roel
Cloud, John
King, Robert J.
Hill, David
Junqueira, Mary Anne
Stern, Robert Cecil
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Der Globusfreund: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Globen- und Instrumentenkunde
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of Historical Geography
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Geographia antiqua
Random House
Naval Institute Press
V&R Unipress
Cartographica Helvetica
Thames & Hudson
Maps; atlases
World War II
Science and war; science and the military
Sea travel
Travel; exploration
Ptolemy, Claudius
More, Thomas
Polo, Marco
Baudin, Nicolas
Flinders, Matthew
Bass, George
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Mediterranean region
United States
Great Britain
Arctic regions
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
United States Navy

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