Price of Admiralty : The Evolution of Naval Warfare

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  • Copyright: 1990-01-01
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Keegan illuminates the history of naval combat by expertly dissecting four landmark sea battles, each featuring a different type of warship: The Battle of Trafalgar, the Battle of Jutland in World War I, the Battle of Midway in World War II, and the long and arduous Battle of the Atlantic.

Author Biography

Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012), was one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians and was for many years the senior lecturer at Sandhurst (the British Royal Military Academy) and the defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London). Keegan was the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War, and was a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Battle at Seap. xv
The Wooden Worldp. 1
The Strategic Backgroundp. 4
Nelson versus Napoleonp. 15
Nelson versus Villeneuvep. 28
Naval Warfare in the Age of Sailp. 41
Battle off Cape Trafalgarp. 54
What Had Happened?p. 89
The Aftermathp. 100
The Fall of the Wooden Wallsp. 109
High Seas Fleet versus Royal Navyp. 120
The War at Sea before Jutlandp. 128
The Ironclad Worldp. 136
The Battle of Jutlandp. 140
The Experience of Actionp. 151
Battlecruisers versus battlecruisersp. 152
Battleships versus battleshipsp. 158
The smaller shipsp. 168
The Aftermathp. 176
The Coming of the Aircraft Carrierp. 183
The Two Naviesp. 190
The Pacific War before Midwayp. 205
The Midway Campaignp. 214
The Battle of Midwayp. 224
The battle over Midway islandp. 229
The great carrier battlep. 232
The retreat from Midwayp. 244
Counting the Costp. 247
The Battle of the Atlantic: Convoys SC122 and HX229
The Emergence of the Submarinep. 251
Donitz and the U-boat Servicep. 260
The Battle of the Atlanticp. 265
The Underwater Warp. 275
Convoyp. 275
U-boatsp. 277
Escortsp. 280
Anti-submarine weaponsp. 281
Aircraftp. 284
Radio intelligencep. 286
Decryptionp. 287
The Battle for Convoys HX229 and SC122p. 289
HX229 and SC122p. 289
The wolf-packsp. 290
The encounterp. 291
The massacre of HX229p. 295
The ordeal of SC122p. 303
The coming of the aircraftp. 307
The Balance of the Battlep. 310
Conclusion: An Empty Oceanp. 317
Glossaryp. 329
Select Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 343
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