New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944. First Edition. 12" x 9.25", 376, profusely illus. with black and white photographs, index, small tears inside front hinge, sunning to spine & parts of both bds. Boards somewhat scuffed and scratched. Topics covered include naval chronology of World War II, Battle of the Atlantic, U.S. Navy to World War II, U.S. Naval construction, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Naval Aviation. There also is a large section on the ships and the naval history of other countries, including Great Britain, U.S.S.R., France, Italy, Germany, and Japan, as well as a data section (pages 193-346) with what limited information was then available on armor and armament for the ships of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, other British ships, U.S.S.R., France, Italy, Germany, Japan, smaller Allied navies, smaller Axis navies, pro-Allied non-belligerents, and other countries. Unlike the Jane's annuals, this U.S. origin work attempted to place the technical information on individual warship types and the navies of the belligerent and other powers in the context of the global conflict. Of particular note in this work is the early analysis of the Battle of the Atlantic and the contemporary discussion of wartime naval construction. The section on war losses (pp. 347-363) was an important tool for naval planners and naval analysts in assessing the remaining capabilities of the Allied and Axis naval forces. Condition: fair to good.
Keywords: WWII, Naval, U.S. Navy, Battle of Atlantic, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Naval Aviation, Submarines, Battleships, Destroye