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  1. Skua

    Skua New Member

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    Please post any recommendations you have concerning books dealing with the warships and / or the great sea battles of WWII.
     
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    I highly recommend "Miracle At Midway", by Gordon W. Prange. Also the works of Antony Preston for individuals ship types.
     
  3. Gerry Chester

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    The following, from the list of books in my library, are all worth reading:

    Section 3-2, The War at Sea

    The Naval War Against Hitler
    Author: Donald Macintyre
    Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
    Copyright: 1971, 478 pp.

    Titans of the Seas. The Development and Operation of Japanese and American Carrier Task Forces during World War II
    Authors: James H.Belote & William M.Belote
    Publisher: Harper & Row, New York
    Copyright: 1975, 406 pp.

    Blue Skies and Blood. The Battle of the Coral Sea
    Author: Edwin P.Hoyt
    Publisher: Paul S. Erikson, Inc., New York
    Copyright: 1975, 206 pp.

    Pursuit. The Chase and Sinking of the Battleship Bismarck
    Author: Ludovic Kennedy
    Publisher: The Viking Press, New York
    Copyright: 1974, 252 pp.

    Sea Raider Atlantis
    Authors: Ulrich Mohr & A.V.Sellwood
    Publisher: Pinnacle Books, Los Angeles
    Copyright: 1955, 281 pp.

    Fiasco. The Break-out of the German Battleships
    Author: John Deane Potter
    Publisher: Stein & day, New York
    Copyright: 1970, 235 pp.
     
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    Wow !

    Excellent, thanks. :)
     
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    me262 phpbb3 New Member

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    here are some of my own collection:

    Battleship Musashi
    Akira Yoshimure
    Kodansh America
    1999

    Jutland: an analyisis of the fighting
    John Campbell
    The Lyon Press
    1998

    Shinano! The sinking of Japan's secret supereship
    Cap. Joseph F. Enright
    St. Martin's Press
    1987

    Pursuit: The chase and sinking of battleship Bismarck
    Ludovic Kennedy
    The Viking Press
    1974

    Fiasco: The break-out of the germa battleships
    John Deane Potter
    Stein and Press
    1970

    Destroyers of WW II
    M.J. Whitley
    Naval Institute Press
    2002

    Battleshipe Bismarck: a survivor story ( my favorite :smok: )
    BaronBurkard Von Mullenheim-Rechberg
    Naval Institute Press
    1980

    The Battleship Bismarck
    Ulrich Elfrath and Bodo Herzog
    Schifeer Military History
    1989

    The German Navy at war vol 1: the battleships
    Siegfried Breyer and Gerhard Koop
    Schifeer Military History
    1989

    The German Navy at war vol 2: the U-boat
    same
    same
    same

    Batleships of WW II
    M.J. Whitley
    Naval Institute Press
    1998

    The German navy's story 1935-1945
    vice Ad. Friedrich Ruge
    U.S Naval Institute
    1957

    Great naval disasters: U.S. naval accidents in the 20 th century
    Kit Bonner & Carolyn Bonner
    MBI Publishing Company
    1998

    The discovery of the Bismarck
    Robert Ballard
    Warner Books
    1990

    The deep-sea doscovery of an epic battle: Hood and Bismarck
    David Mearns and Rob White
    Channel 4 books
    2001

    The German navy in WW II
    Robert Jackson
    Brown Books
    1999

    The death of the Tirpitz
    Ludovic Kennedy
    Little Brown Company
    1979

    Battleship Tirpitz
    Gerhard Koop & Klaus-Peter Schmolke
    Conway Maritime Press
    1998

    Battleship Scharhorst
    same
    same
    same

    The Destruction of the Bismarck
    David J. Bercuson and Holger H. Herwing
    The Overlook Press
    2001

    The Imperial Japanese Navy
    Paul S. Dull
    Naval Institure Press
    1978

    Death of the Scharnhorst
    John Winton
    Cassell Military paperbacks
    1983
     
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    Thank you me262. :)

    I know Ospreys New Vanguard series include a few titles on WWII Warships. Have anyone read any of these ?

    I found an old journal btw. It´s called "Warship", and dates from 1981 ( Vol 19 ), published by Conway Marirtime Press Ltd. It is quite good and includes articles which spans from the 1880s to the 1960s, the majority on WWII though. Does anyone know if this journal is still available, and if, where to get it ?
     
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    It's a bit dated now, but "Two Ocean War" by Samuel Elliot Morrison is still a great work (from an American's perspective, though). The slimmed down, one volume version is excellent and the full multi-volume version is awesome.
     
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    I´ve just bought "Battleships of World War Two" and "Cruisers of World War Two", both by M.J. Whitley. "Destroyers of World War Two" by the same author and "Aircraft Carriers of the World" by R. Chesneau has been ordered.

    Does anybody know of similar books on submarines and escort vessels ?
     
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    Nice posts. Don't stop.
     
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    You might want to ask Tiornu - unles you already have.
     
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    "Action in the Pacific," by Larry Sowinski (Naval Institute Press, 1981; 208 pp; large format; ISBN 0-87021-800-X). All-photo coverage of USN vs IJN, some color photos. This is an excellent photo record, with descriptive and detailed captioning. The large majority of photos are rarely (if ever) seen, and provide a very good view of warships at rest, in combat, and after the battle.

    "The U-Boat," by Eberhard Rossler (Naval Institute Press, 1989; 384 pp; ISBN 0-87021-966-9). Translated from a German work, this is a technical history of the development and evolution of German submarines through two World Wars, with tables, charts, photos, and plans. I think this is now available in a revised edition.
     

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