An international team of naval historians and scholars has pooled their expertise for this definitive reference on how the great navies of World War II were organised and how they trained, operated, and fought. They provide a point-by-point evaluation on the inner workings of the navies of the United States, the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, and the Soviet Union. Each navy has its own chapter, which covers such key features as weaponry, training, logistics, and doctrine. In bringing together data buried in specialised works in various languages, the authors deliver a fresh, multinational view of the naval war.
Vincent P. O'Hara is a naval historian and author of works including Struggle for the Middle Sea: Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean 1940-45 (Naval Institute Press: 2009) and In Passage Perilous: Malta and the Convoy Battles of June 1942 (Indiana University Press: 2012). W. David Dickson is an authority on naval doctrine, communications, and tactics and author of The Battle of the Philippine Sea (Ian Allen: 1975). Richard Worth is a warship design expert and author of Fleets of World War II (Nimble: 2013), In the Shadow of the Battleship (Nimble: 2008), and Raising the Red Banner (Spellmount: 2008).