Clear for Action by Foster Hailey & Milton Lancelot Naval Combat 1898-1964 HCove
Clear for Action by Foster Hailey & Milton Lancelot Naval Combat 1898-1964 HCove
Clear for Action by Foster Hailey & Milton Lancelot Naval Combat 1898-1964 HCove

Clear for Action by Foster Hailey & Milton Lancelot Naval Combat 1898-1964 HCove

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Clear for Action by Foster Hailey & Milton Lancelot Naval Combat 1898-1964 HCove
Clear for Action by Foster Hailey & Milton Lancelot
The photographic sstory of modern naval combat 1898-1964
Hard Cover
320 pages  Indexed
Copyright 1964
1/ An Era 1898-196413
2/ Contrast 1944 And 189829
3/ The Battle Of Santiago .189861
4/ The Russo-Japanese War - 190471
5/ Three New Naval Pdwers-190081
6/ Early Phases Of World War I87
7/ The Battle Of Jutland -191695
8/ War Undersea 1914 -1918 111
9/ United States In World War I 119
10/ Disarmament And Rebuilding 129
11/ Advent Of Air Power -1910 137
12/ England's Life Lines 1939. 1941147
13/ Norway And Dunkirk 157
14/ Action In The Mediterranean 167
15/ Pearl Harbor 177
16/ Early Raids In The Pacific185
17/ The Coral Sea And Midway 199
18/ Battle For A Foothold 1942-1943 209
19/ War In The Atlantic 1941 -1943 219
20/ North African Landings - 1943 229
21/ Normandy And Southern France 239
22/ Island Barriers Down 257
23/ To Tokyo Bay 269
24/ Tomorrow And Tomorrow 297
Index 307
Since man first discovered that wood would float and then learned how to make and handle sail so the winds would take him where he wanted to go, there have been battles at sea. Hundreds of years before the Christian era, Crete was the seat of a great sea power that ruled the Aegean, the Adriatic, and the Mediterranean. Then came the Phoenicians, the Persians, and the Greeks. Herodotus, the Greek historian, gave us the oldest written account of one of the first great naval battles when he described how Xerxes' attacking armada was defeated by the defending forces of the Greek states off Salamis in the Aegean in 480 B.C.
The pace of developments was slow for many centuries. Admiral Yi Sun-sin of Korea was the first sea lord to build armored vessels, the so-called "tortoise" ships, with which he defeated the invading Japanese fleet in 1592. From behind iron plates, the Korean sailors shot flaming arrows into the unprotected wooden ships of the Japanese. The explosive shell was not invented until 1819.
The coming of steam in the last century caused a revision of naval strategy. But the last six decades have brought the most revolutionary changes - perhaps they mark the passing of an era.
In two world wars the naval campaigns have become not only battles on the surface of the sea, but in the green depths below and the blue skies above. Now, with the advent of nuclear power, and of missiles capable of mass destruction that can be fired five thousand miles with a considerable degree of accuracy, old concepts of attack and defense must be radically revised. They are in that stage now.
This book is an attempt to tell, in word and photograph and map, the course and development of modern naval warfare through two-thirds of a century - from the Battle of Manila Bay to what probably was the last great surface action of sea warfare, the engagement between the Japanese and the United States fleets off the island of Leyte in the Philippines in October, 1944. And also to have a look at what lies ahead.
So far as the authors have been able to determine, this is the first time that photograph and text have been matched in this fashion to present a connected picture of the era of modern naval warfare. Some of the photographs, it is believed, have not been published in this country before.
The seas probably will remain one of the great avenues of communication despite the advances in aviation. But they no longer are the barrier between nations and continents that they once were, and their control no longer lies with the Admiralty that has the better battleships and captains. It is a great era that is passing. This book is an attempt to present the record of its great moments.
Foster Hailey       Milton Lancelot
New York, March 30, 1964

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