The Navy: 1939 to the Present Day

The Navy: 1939 to the Present Day

by Max Arthur (Author)


Following on from "The True Glory: The Royal Navy From 1914-1939", this book explores the history of the Royal Navy from the beginning of World War II, to the present day. It is based entirely on first-hand accounts, and all of the principle theatres of war are recalled. The first part of the book examines the battle of the River Plate and Dunkirk, to D-Day and the Pacific war, the U-boat threat in the Atlantic, the Bismark, the Mediterranean and the fall of Crete and the convoys to Malta and the North Sea and Arctic convoys. The memories of the men involved recreate the campaigns, including both surviving naval VC holders. The second section of the book focuses on the post 1945 years, looking at flashpoints all around the world, including Palestine, Korea, the "A" bomb trials, Suez and Borneo. Closer to the present are the accounts of the Falklands campaign and the Gulf War.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Published: 04 Dec 1997

ISBN 10: 0340684690
ISBN 13: 9780340684696

Author Bio
Max Arthur is a distinguished military historian, whose books include Men of the Red Beret (over 30,000 copies sold), and There Shall be Wings (40,000 sold), Max Arthur is acclaimed for his speciality in sourcing first-hand recollections of the twentieth century, particularly the First and Second World War. He is the author of many bestsellers including 'Forgotten Voices of the Great War' and 'Forgotten Voices of the Second World War' which were both written in association with the Imperial War Museum. He has presented two television documentaries based on his books: The Brits Who Fought For Spain for the History Channel and 'Dambusters'. Arthur was recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours with an OBE for his services to military history.