This is the first scholarly account of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War. It concludes the late Arthur Marder's two-volume history of the Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy in the decisive years of 1936-1945. Volume II picks up the story at the nadir of the British naval fortunes, and follows the Royal Navy from its position in 1942 to its role in the Japanese surrender in August 1945. The book offers a critical assessment of Churchill's role in shaping the British war effort; the role of the HMS Exeter; the work of Sir James Somerville, who attempted to train his motley fleet of castoffs into an efficient force able to safeguard trade in the Indian Ocean against Axis raiders and submarines; and the events leading up to the Battle of the Java Sea. Meticulously researched and fully referenced, Old Friends, New Enemies draws on both British and Japanese sources, and offers a readable and comprehensive account of the two navies in the Second World War.
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'both grasp of detail and clarity of narrative are again features of this new book, in all its sections ... the three authors between them have provided a helpful survey of relevant developments in the Japanese camp' Times Literary Supplement `a splendidly even-handed account ... This book bears out Peter Kemp's accolade, introducing the previous volume: he called Marder "the supreme historian".' The Economist `... Mark Jacobsen and John Horsfield deserve to be congratulated on what they have accomplished.' Christopher Thorne, TLS 'bears all the marks of his very individual scholarship and style ... narrated Britain's imperial decline - with devotion and skill in combining research, narration, and analysis which have seen no contemporary rival' Anthony Verrier, Financial Times
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Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0198201508
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110198201508