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War at Sea

The Royal Navy's strategy in the Second World War, just as it had been in the Great War, was to protect the British Isles from attack, to keep the islands vital sea supply lanes open and to maintain communication with the far-flung British Empire and Allied forces fighting in distant theatres. From the early sinking of the pocket battleship Graf Spee in December 1939, through the Norway campaign, the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, and the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941, the senior service more than played its part. It was aided by technological development such as the development of radar and Asdic, the echo sounding device for detecting submarines. Indeed, its greatest challenge lay under the waves, in countering and finally defeating the U-boat threat to our crucial food imports in the Battle of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, the loss of the Prince of Wales and Repulse to Japanese bombers, and the Battle of Midway in which Japan lost three Aircraft Carriers to the US, sounded the death knell for a century and a half of Britain's maritime supremacy. Even so, she ended the war still possessing by far the world's largest fleet.

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GERMAN U-BOAT LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II
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GERMAN U-BOAT LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II Details of Destruction
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No other publication on the U-boats in the Second World War offers the wealth of detail contained in this book. The book lists by hull number each U-boat's date of commissioning, its commander, and the date and port of departure of its last patrol. Also listed are the date, position and cause of ...

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DECIMA FLOTTIGLIA MAS
The Best Commandos of the Second World War
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DECIMA FLOTTIGLIA MAS The Best Commandos of the Second World War
Product Code: 25655

The story of the Italian frogmen is one of determination and bravery. Against overwhelming odds, they were able to inflict considerable damage on Allied shipping. Their tactics also aroused confusion and nervousness with the Allied commanders and their ship's crews. Italy's Decima Flottiglia MAS ...

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FIRING ON FORTRESS EUROPE: HMS BELFAST AT D-DAY
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FIRING ON FORTRESS EUROPE: HMS BELFAST AT D-DAY
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On 6 June 1944, HMS Belfast supported troops in action on the beaches of Normandy in the campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. This book recounts this extraordinary story, focusing on the dramatic events of 6 June but setting the context of the ship's history in the Arctic Convoy Service...

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BATTLESHIP HMS DUKE OF YORK
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BATTLESHIP HMS DUKE OF YORK Series :Top Drawings
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Published by “Kagero” this title is aimed squarely at military modellers and enthusiasts, highly illustrated with good detail, graphics and plans. About Top Drawings This series of highly illustrated books present detailed scale drawings of aircraft and vehicles, with supporting colour profile ar...

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BATTLESHIP USS ALABAMA 
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BATTLESHIP USS ALABAMA Series :Top Drawings
Product Code: 25615

Published by “Kagero” this title is aimed squarely at military modellers and enthusiasts, highly illustrated with good detail, graphics and plans. About Top Drawings This series of highly illustrated books present detailed scale drawings of aircraft and vehicles, with supporting colour profile ar...

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THE GERMAN POCKET BATTLESHIP ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE
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THE GERMAN POCKET BATTLESHIP ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE Series :Top Drawings
Product Code: 25612

Published by “Kagero” this title is aimed squarely at military modellers and enthusiasts, highly illustrated with good detail, graphics and plans. “ About Top Drawings This series of highly illustrated books present detailed scale drawings of aircraft and vehicles, with supporting colour profile ...

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WOLF PACK
The U-Boats at War
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WOLF PACK The U-Boats at War
Product Code: 25577

"Once you heard that pinging sound you knew they had got to you, then the depth charges came. Terrible, just terrible." Kurt Wehling, u-boat survivor The steel coffins was the name given to the U-boats of the Kriegsmarine by their own crews. Their fatalistic view of the war was certainly justifie...

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U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC VOLUME I: 1939-1941
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U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC VOLUME I: 1939-1941
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This is the fascinating account, as told from the German perspective, of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest-running, continuous military campaign in World War II, spanning from 1939 through to Germany's defeat in 1945. At its core was the Allied naval blockade of Germany, which was announced...

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U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC VOLUME II: 1942-1943
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U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC VOLUME II: 1942-1943
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This is the second of three volumes covering the U-boat campaign in the Atlantic during the Second World War. This is the fascinating account, as told from the German perspective, of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest-running, continuous military campaign in World War II, spanning from 1939 ...

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U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC VOLUME III: 1944-1945
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U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC VOLUME III: 1944-1945
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This is the third of three volumes describing U-boat operations in the Atlantic during the Second World War. This is the fascinating account, as told from the German perspective, of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest-running, continuous military campaign in World War II, spanning from 1939 t...

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