The Navy at War 1939-1945 - S. W. (Stephen Wentworth) RoskillLondon: Collins, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends and a dink to the join of the upper panel. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block and blanks.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Appendix;
From the cover: “Captain Roskill has long been recognised as the leading authority on this, the greatest of all maritime wars in which Britain has ever been engaged. His official volumes The War at Sea (H.M.S.O.) present a detailed history that is not likely to be superseded. In this book he sets out to give a broad outline of the policies, purposes, successes and failures of the British and Dominion Navies in this world-wide struggle and to suggest what lessons we may learn from a study of these events.
The author writes with the same simplicity and ease whether he is describing the movements of ships in a single action or the relation of a whole campaign to the strategy of total war. The narrative is thrilling; the analysis brilliantly clear. This is the more valuable as, apart from a few set pieces such as the Battle of the River Plate or the sinking of the Bismarck, the characteristic form of the last war at sea was a long series of convoy actions of which the Battle of the Atlantic was the longest and largest. This book tells how the convoys were fought through to Malta and Murmansk against unrelenting attack from aircraft and submarines. The contribution made by British technology in the shape of Asdic and Radar is fully recognised; but the story is, first and last, of the courage and skill of the officers and men who made victory possible.
Although the author has dispensed with the paraphernalia of scholarship, the work rests on a profound and critical study of all the relevant records, British and foreign. And most readers will agree that Captain Roskill has fulfilled his aim of writing with honesty towards our own mistakes and with fairness towards our late enemies.”