Churchill's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization 1939-1945 - Brian LaveryLondon: Conway, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned and spotted on the verso with a nick to the top edge of the upper panel. Private book plate to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; List of abbreviations; Cutaways; 2-column text; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The British have always had a sense of pride in the Royal Navy and during the Second World War the service had no problems attracting men and women. The navy still had a great self-belief that dated from the time of Nelson and before, but the set-piece fleet battles on which it had built its reputation were in the past and it would have to adapt to meet the needs of a new type of warfare, in a war in which naval aircraft and submarines would play a major role.
In this remarkable book, Brian Lavery examines every aspect of the Royal Navy, both ashore and at sea, during the Second World War, and casts a lucid eye over the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation that was put under acute strain during the period, yet rose to the challenge with initiative and determination.
Divided into twelve sections, the book delves into the structure of naval power from the Board of Admiralty and shore commands to officers and crews, their recruitment and training, daily life and discipline. The roles of the Reserves, Merchant Navy, Royal Marines and Wrens within this structure are also explained. Developments in ship design and technology, as well as advances in intelligence, sensors and armament are all discussed and set in context. The different divisions are dealt with one by one, including the Submarine Service, Fleet Air Arm, Coastal Forces, and Combined Operations.
The author’s prose is complemented with over 300 colour and black-and-white images, and enhanced by the personal accounts of those who served, from fleet commanders and escort captains to such voices as the actor Alec Guinness and broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy. Their brilliant descriptions of life in an escort vessel in the unforgiving Atlantic, manning a landing craft, or entering one of the training bases, inject a vivid immediacy.
For anyone who has an interest in the Second World War, for scholars and historians, ex-servicemen and women, and people who had a relative in the Royal Navy and want to understand the reality of their life during those crucial years, this book presents a vast and fascinating subject in a highly readable and accessible form.”