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Royal Navy strategy in the Far East, 1919-1939 : preparing for war against Japan

Author: Andrew Field
Publisher: London ; Portland, OR : Frank Cass, 2004.
Series: Cass series--naval policy and history, 22.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between the ending of the Great War and the start of the Second World War in 1939, the Royal Navy remained the largest naval force in the world. But with the League of Nations seeming to offer a solution to all future conflicts, a country weary of war and without an obvious enemy, there seemed no need for a large battlefleet. The strategic focus then shifted eastwards, towards Japan, with its growing battlefleet,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Field
ISBN: 0714653217 9780714653211
OCLC Number: 52688002
Description: xiv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. influence of a Far Eastern strategy on British naval policy. p. 19. 2. Far Eastern strategy : War Memorandum (Eastern). p. 48. 3. Admiral Richmond and War Memorandum (Eastern). p. 74. 4. Developing the Far Eastern strategy : War Memorandum (Eastern) and changing circumstances, 1931-41. p. 97. 5. Battle fleet tactics and a war in the Far East. p. 123. 6. Royal Navy's strategic and tactical exercises. p. 158. 7. Japanese naval strategy and tactics in the Far East. p. 183. 8. Main fleet to Singapore : the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse and the end of War Memorandum (Eastern). p. 213. Conclusion : War Memorandum (Eastern) and the Royal Navy's strategic, operational and tactical development. p. 230.
Series Title: Cass series--naval policy and history, 22.
Responsibility: Andrew Field.

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Through planning for a war against Japan the Royal Navy was able to test its readiness for a future war and many lessons learnt during this period were ultimately put to good use against a different  Read more...

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