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The US Navy and the War in Europe (Hardback)

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By Robert C Stern
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781848320826
Published: 3rd April 2012



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Although the defeat of Japan was the US Navy's greatest contribution to the Second World War, it also played a significant role in the battle against Hitler. Even before Germany declared war in 1941, US naval vessels were actively engaged in Atlantic convoy battles, and suffered their first casualties long before the Pearl Harbor attack formally pitched America into the conflict. Thereafter the US Navy immediately sent reinforcements to the over-stretched Royal Navy, taking part in attacks on German-occupied Norway, flying aircraft to Malta and Egypt from its carriers and adding protection to the convoys to Russia. Its involvement in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic was also substantial, and the invasions of North Africa and Europe from 1942 onwards would have been unthinkable without the massive US forces. As late as 1945 the crossing of the Rhine by the Allied armies was heavily dependent on US Navy assets and expertise.

It is not surprising that the Pacific campaign should have received so much attention from naval historians, but as a result the European effort has been undervalued and largely side-lined. This book is intended to redress the balance – not just to chronicle the many little-known US operations in the Atlantic, Arctic and Mediterranean, but to reach a more rounded judgment of the US Navy's contribution to victory in Europe.

A text of great interest to all readers interested in the naval events of the Second World War.

STORIA militare, May 2018

Stern has provided a quality resource for a general understanding of the United States Navy and its involvement during World War Two.
A very well researched and resourced historical piece that should appeal to general readers interested in the naval war in Europe.

Nautical Research Journal

The book is well-produced on high-quality paper. There are two useful appendices, on the ‘Reverse Lend-Lease’ ships and the various types of landing ships/craft employed respectively.

Warships 2013

The book is well researched, clearly written and beautifully produced with new pictures that really do enhance the text. I have seen few better in this regard. I doubt if any reader, British or American, will not gain a great deal from reading it.

It is highly recommended.

Navy News

Robert C. Stern shows how the US Navy, was slowly but surely drawn into WW2 in the Atlantic theatre of operations. Stern provides full accounts of the allied landings in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, southern France and Normandy. 

The US Navy and the War in Europe is well researched and well illustrated - with many photographs and plans.  It is also very readable.  

Warships Magazine
 Robert C Stern

About Robert C Stern

Robert C. Stern has been writing naval history for more than thirty years, during which time he has published four major works and numerous monographs for the history buff and modeler.

His major works include Type VII U-boats and The Lexington Class Carriers, both of which were technical analyses of important warship types, and Battle Beneath the Waves: The U-boat War, which was a collection of stories of of U-boat warfare from the two World Wars.

His most recent work is Destroyer Battles - Epics of Naval Close Combat accounts dramatic engagements in the history of destroyer warfare.

His other main interest is photography, which can be seen at www.stern-photography.com. He lives in Cupertino, CA, with his wife Beth and two uninterested cats.

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