In his acclaimed classics, the Face of Battle and
the Mask of Command, John Keegan explored in depth the individual's
experience of war. Now, he brings his remarkable powers of analysis
to the history of naval combat, illuminating four landmark sea battles:
The battle of Trafalagr, a classic conflict between wooden ships;
the battle of Jutland, fought by ironclad steamships; The battle
of Midway, where aircraft carriers proved to be key players; the
battle of the atlantic, when submarine warfare marked a major technological
transformation of naval operations.
With expert insight, keegan dissects each battle, discussin the
tactics and stategies necessary for offensive and defensive maneuvers,
the role of commanders, and the operational routines and reactions
of the average sailor. He offers, too, a sobering view of the awesome
powers of destruction of today's naval arsenals.