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How to lose a war at sea : foolish plans and great naval blunders

Author: Bill Fawcett
Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, history is littered with horribly bad military ideas on the open seas. Whether a result of lack of planning, miscalculations, a leader's ego, spy infiltration, or just a really stupid idea in the first place, each military defeat is fascinating to dissect.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Fawcett
ISBN: 9780062069092 0062069098
OCLC Number: 813929288
Description: 349 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: America's greatest naval victory? Battle of the Chesapeake, September 1781 / William Terdoslavich --
The shoals of Tripoli: The Philadelphia and the First Barbary War, 1803 / Paul A. Thomsen --
Nelson's masterpieces: The Nile and Trafalgar, 1798 and 1805 / Roland J. Green --
Remember the Maine! Naval Battle of Santiago, July 3, 1898 / William Terdoslavich --
Tsushima: Japan vs. Russia, 1905 / Dennis Showalter --
Catch me if you can: flight of the Goeben, July-August 1914 / William Terdoslavich --
A beach too far: Gallipoli, October 1914 --
January 1916 / --
Decision by indecision: the Battle of Jutland, 1916 / Roland J. Green --
The oddly anachronistic voyage of Admiral Graf Spee, November 1939 / Douglas Niles --
This is no drill! Air raid Taranto, November 11, 1940 / William Terdoslavich --
British drama, Italian comedy: Battle of Cape Matapan, March 1941 / William Terdoslavich --
When a short war turns long: the life and death of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Air Service, 1941-1945 / Roland J. Green. Sink the Bismarck!, North Atlantic, March 1941 / Douglas Niles --
The valiant and violent story of the ABDA fleet / Pacific, February 1942 / Douglas Niles --
"Scratch one flattop": Coral Sea Pacific, May 1942 / Douglas Niles --
Massacre under the midnight sun: the tragedy of Convoy PQ17, July 1942 / Douglas Niles --
Disaster in the dark: the Battle of Savo Island, August 1942 / Douglas Niles --
The guns of November: battleships duel off Guadalcanal, November 1942 / Douglas Niles --
The enigma that wasn't: the battle of the Atlantic, 1943 / Paul A. Thomsen --
Their own worst enemy: the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, March 26, 1943 / Paul A. Thomsen --
"You sank my battleship!": Battle of North Cape, Devember 26, 1943 / William Terdoslavich --
Drawing a line in the ocean: Marshall Islands, January 1944 / William Terdoslavich --
Overlord at sea: Operation Neptune, June 1944 / Douglas Niles --
Hellcats over the Philippine sea: the Marianas turkey shoot, June 1944 / Douglas Niles --
After the turkey shoot: invasion of the Marianas, June-August 1944 / William Terdoslavich --
Halsey leaves the back door open: the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944 / Douglas Niles --
The forgotten battle: Peleliu, September-November 1944 / William Terdoslavich --
Sink the Tirpitz! Norway, 1942-1944 / William Terdoslavich --
Irresistible force, immovable obstacle: Iwo Jima, February 1945 / Roland J. Green --
Divine and deadly wind: kamikazes at Okinawa, April 1945 / Douglas Niles --
The worst place to land: Inchon, September 15, 1950 / William Terdoslavich --
Cold War burning: Kennedy quarantines Cuba, October 1962 / Douglas Niles --
When bad guy fights bad guy: Operation Morvarid, November 29, 1980 / William Terdoslavich.
Responsibility: edited by Bill Fawcett.

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With more than 35 chapters of military disasters, both famous (infamous) and obscure, this title is chock of trivia, history, and looks at the world's greatest seafaring military defeats.  Read more...

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