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Battleship Victory
Author: Robert Lundgren

ISBN: 9781608881659
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 7 December 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.1
Almost seventy-five years after the Japanese sank six US battleships at Pearl Harbor, Historian Robert Lundgren provides a startling reassessment of the role of battleships in World War II. Far from "being made obsolete in a single day," Lundgren upends the conventional wisdom by showing that the battle line was an essential tool for the exercise of seapower all the way to V-J Day. Indeed, he argues, the Japanese Navy's undue reliance on aircraft carriers alone was a key factor in its loss of command of the sea. From the introduction: "Human perception is human reality and I offer a different perspective on battleships by applying the principles of several naval and military thinkers, including Alfred Thayer Mahan and Julian Corbett that may change the perception that battleships became obsolete? By the end of the World War Two the aircraft carrier had replaced the battleship as the reigning queen of the seas. No new battleships designs were created leaving the last four Iowa class battleships to be the last of their kind to serve the United States. What role did battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, and submarines play in the United States victory and Japan's defeat during the Seco...

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