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Fleets of World War II
Worth, Richard.
Personal Author:
First Da Capo Press edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 375 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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D770 .W67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
D770 .W67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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For decades, the legions of World War II buffs interested in Allied and Axis naval history were limited to expensive, multi-volume works written for specialists. No longer will this be the case. Fleets of World War II, packed with data and illustrated throughout, is not a simple list of ships but a fascinating and often pungent appraisal of those ships and the fleets they served. Japan built the world's largest battleships with guns bigger than anything in the Allied arsenal-but was biggerin fact better? The British engaged in a wartime flurry of ship production-but did they build the ships they needed for victory? Fleets of World War II dispels the clutter, providing a straightforward appraisal that is nothing short of revelatory.A complete resource, the book includes every nation that took part in the war, along with the key neutrals. Each fleet is surveyed in totality, from the mighty battleships to the humble motor launches. The systematic, plain-English presentation makes for easy reference: nation by nation, ship by ship, with a multitude of details on design, strategy, and combat available nowhere else.

Author Notes

Richard Worth, a freelance writer and contributor to the Naval Gazette, has won the Award for Excellence in Military History from the Association of the United States Army. He lives in Florida

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Worth "catalogues all the major combat vessels" of the era, but goes beyond a mere listing of ships. Entries, arranged alphabetically by country, critique the ships and the navies they served, including not only the Allied and Axis powers, but neutral countries as well. Each entry includes a brief narrative history of the country's naval prowess and shipbuilding program, then lists ships by class, further subdivided into major categories where applicable (e.g., aircraft carriers, cruisers, gunboats, submarines). Certain types of vessels, such as landing and other support craft, were excluded since their role was not primarily naval combat. Entries for the major powers include tables of ordnance. In addition to statistical information for combat vessels, Worth also provides critical analyses, since "numbers alone can't adequately describe a ship." His aim is to provide "a survey of practical combat potential" for these vessels. There are numerous illustrations of representative ships. Although the work includes a select bibliography and an index of ships, it lacks a general index and a table of contents. Worth's book will not replace standard works like Jane's Fighting Ships, but his narratives and critiques complement the wealth of statistical information available elsewhere. Recommended for all collections, particularly those supporting naval and maritime history. D. M. Stokes University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Explanatory Notesp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
The World Not Yet At Warp. ix
Albaniap. 1
Argentinap. 1
Austriap. 3
Belgiump. 3
Boliviap. 3
Brazilp. 3
Bulgariap. 6
Chilep. 6
Chinap. 8
Colombiap. 11
Costa Ricap. 12
Cubap. 12
Czechoslovakiap. 12
Denmarkp. 13
Dominican Republicp. 15
Ecuadorp. 15
Egyptp. 15
El Salvadorp. 16
Estoniap. 16
Ethiopiap. 16
Finlandp. 16
Francep. 20
Germanyp. 40
Great Britainp. 75
Greecep. 134
Guatemalap. 137
Haitip. 137
Hondurasp. 137
Hungaryp. 137
Icelandp. 137
Iranp. 137
Iraqp. 138
Italyp. 139
Japanp. 164
Latviap. 215
Lebanonp. 215
Liberiap. 215
Lithuaniap. 215
Luxembourgp. 215
Mexicop. 215
Monacop. 216
Mongoliap. 216
The Netherlandsp. 216
Nicaraguap. 226
Norwayp. 226
Panamap. 229
Paraguayp. 229
Perup. 229
Polandp. 230
Portugalp. 232
Romaniap. 234
San Marinop. 236
Saudi Arabiap. 236
Soviet Unionp. 236
Spainp. 260
Swedenp. 264
Syriap. 269
Thailandp. 269
Turkeyp. 271
United Statesp. 273
Uruguayp. 333
Venezuelap. 333
Yugoslaviap. 333
Select Bibliographyp. 337