In the vast literature of the Second World War there has never been a naval atlas showing graphically the complexities of the war at sea, a war which spread across every ocean. This new book will fill the gap.
With more than 200 beautifully-designed maps and charts, the atlas sets out to visualise the great campaigns and major battles as well as the smaller operations, amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes and sinkings. While whole sections are given over to the Pacific war, the battle of the Atlantic and the campaigns in the Mediterranean, smaller but crucial events such as the landings at Dieppe receive in-depth treatment. The maps depict the dynamics of campaigns and battles but also include extensive information on the opposing forces, their ships and equipment and the strategic significance of events. General thematic maps, for instance, on ship losses, aerial strengths or convoy routes, give the reader an understanding of the many contributing factors that shaped the tactics and strategies of the Allied and Axis forces.
No other work has attempted such an ambitious coverage of the war at sea in this period and it is destined to become a definitive reference work for naval enthusiasts and historians as well as general readers fascinated by the naval war that extended from the coldest arctic seas to the tropical islands of the Pacific.
Naval operations in World War Two began on the first day of the conflict and continued until the September 3, 1945, surrender ceremony on the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63). These operations were a complex... [read full review]Warships International
This unique and outstanding naval atlas of the Second World War is a magnificent book providing excellent coverage of the war at sea over that period. If a picture is worth a thousand words then... [read full review]Scuttlebutt - Autumn Edition
Henceforth, no-one contemplating writing about a naval action in the 20th Century's second global conflagration should do so without referring to this atlas. Each full-colour map is accompanied by short, insightful text and an overview... [read full review]Navy News
A mammoth undertaking. Within its 275 pages author Marcus Faulkner covers most of the naval engagements of the Second World War, as well as amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes and sinking’s with detailed color maps... [read full review]Dr. Yockelson, a professor at the United States Naval Academy
Altogether this makes for fascinating reading. Not all at once—that’s not the purpose. But as a reference book, to be opened and looked at, event by event, or as a reference tool—for those text volumes... [read full review]Starshell - Naval Association of Canada
After I opened the packaging in which my review copy arrived, it only took me a few minutes to realise that this is an important book. The Publisher's letter which accompanied it described it as... [read full review]Journal of the Australian Naval Institute
'War at Sea: A Naval Atlas 1939-1945' is sure to become a classic. Created by Marcus Faulkner, with an introduction by Andrew Lambert, we discover that a picture (or rather a battle map) is... [read full review]Warships International Fleet Review - Nov 2012
By the very nature of naval actions, spread over extended geographical areas as they often were, it is sometimes difficult to gain a full understanding of events without referring to a map. This is where... [read full review]Britain at War Magazine
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