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Naval History - World War Ii
The U-Boat Hunters: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Offensive Against Germany's Submarines
The U-Boat Hunters
The Royal Canadian Navy and the Offensive Against Germany's Submarines
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557508542

Milner (history, U. of New Brunswick) extends his North Atlantic Run: the Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle for the Convoys (1985) to the final two years of World War II, when the Canadians got effective enough to go beyond protecting convoys and began hunting down and sinking German submarines, even the new high-speed models. Annotation copyright

The Lexington Goes Down: A Fighting Carrier's Last Hours in the Coral Sea
The Lexington Goes Down
A Fighting Carrier's Last Hours in the Coral Sea
Paperback      ISBN: 0811725502

Tells the story of the fated Lexington with moment-by-moment description of the ship's sinking and first-person accounts of survivors.

Blood on the Sea: American Destroyers Lost in World War II
Blood on the Sea
American Destroyers Lost in World War II
Hardcover      ISBN: 1885119178

This book describes the brief history and then the heroic final death of all 71 U.S. destroyers that were lost in the war against Germany and Japan.

Chronology of the War at Sea 1939 -1945: The Naval History of World War Two
Chronology of the War at Sea 1939 -1945
The Naval History of World War Two
Hardcover      ISBN: 155750105x

This complete, indispensable, single-volume reference covers all theaters of the war, the course of events in each, climactic battles, and all the less-well-known actions and skirmishes.

The Pirate of Tobruk: A Sailor's Life on the Seven Seas, 1916-1948
The Pirate of Tobruk
A Sailor's Life on the Seven Seas, 1916-1948
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557506671

A swashbuckling memoir of the author's maritime adventures that span the ages of sail and steam and include both world wars.

Narvik: Battles in the Fjords
Narvik
Battles in the Fjords
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557507449

The electrifying account of two strategically significant surface engagements in Norway's fjords in 1940.

Black May
Black May
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060178191

In May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sinking forty-one German U-boats and damaging thirty-seven others. It was the forty-fifth month of World War II, and by the end of May the Germans were forced to acknowledge defeat and recall almost all of their remaining U-boats from the major traffic lanes of the North Atlantic. At U-Boat Headquarters in Berlin, despondent naval officers spoke of "Black May." It was a defeat from which the German U-boat fleet never recovered.

Black May is a triumph of scholarship and narrative, an important work of history, and a great sea story. Acclaimed historian Michael Gannon, author of Operation Drumbeat, has done enormous research and produced the most thoroughly documented study ever done of these battles. In his compelling historical saga, the people are as significant as the technical information.

Given the strategic importance of the events of May 1943, it is natural to ask, How did Black May happen and why? Who or what was responsible? Were new Allied tactics adopted or new weapons employed?

This book answers those questions and many others. Drawing on original documents in German, British, U.S., and Canadian archives, as well as interviews with surviving participants, Gannon describes the exciting sea and air battles, frequently taking the reader inside the U-boats themselves, aboard British warships, onto the decks of torpedoed merchant ships, and into the cockpits of British and U.S. aircraft.

Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied perspectives, often using the actual words of captains and crews. Finally, he allows the reader to "listen in" on secretly recorded conversations of captured U-boat men in POW quarters during that same incredible month, giving intimate and moving access to the thoughts and emotions of seamen that is unparalleled in naval literature. Rarely, if ever, has the U-boat war been presented so accurately, so graphically, and so personally as in Black May.

The Last Year of the Kriegsmarine: May 1944 - May 1945
The Last Year of the Kriegsmarine
May 1944 - May 1945
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557505101

Relive the decline and destruction of the few remaining capital ships, from the battleship Tirpitz in Norway through to the last surviving light cruiser, Leipzig. Fully detailed accounts of the U-boat service and the desperate struggle to get the new high-speed submarine designs into service will set your heart racing. 288 pages, 59 b/w illus., 6 1/4 x 9 1/4.

The Naval War in the Mediterranean 1940-1943
The Naval War in the Mediterranean 1940-1943
Hardcover      ISBN: 1885119615
Operation Drumbeat: The Dramatic True Story of Germany's First U-Boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II
Operation Drumbeat
The Dramatic True Story of Germany's First U-Boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060161558

An account of Germany's little known U-boat campaign against merchant shipping along the North American Atlantic coast during the first six months of 1942. It also documents the failure of the US Navy to meet the German attack.