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by Type of Warfare, Major Navies and Theatres

by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

Links to main World War 2 pages:
- Guide to Royal Navy Organisation
- Casualties
- killed, died, missing
- Escort Movements, 1,000+ Warships
- Battles, Major Warship Losses
- British Navies Daily
, 1939-42
- Admiralty War Diaries

Battleship HMS King George V photographed from USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) on 16 August 1945 off Japan. Beyond KGV is USS Missouri (BB-63) with an Essex-class carrier in the distance (US, click to enlarge) return to World War 2, 1939-1945

Based on the "The War at Sea" by Gordon Smith, published by Ian Allan 1989

"an invaluable reference book on the war at sea .... as well as an informative guide to naval strategy", Lloyds List

"enormously helpful and a great time-saver" .... "I only wish it had come out about four years ago" - John Terraine, Sunday Telegraph

"... a remarkable book. ... For the researcher or professional reader, "The War at Sea" will be invaluable. The general reader .... will benefit from having the whole picture explained .... and .... from the simplicity and conciseness of the information and its presentation" - Ships Monthly


Photographs are mainly courtesy of Steve Johnson of Cyberheritage (CH), Maurice & Paul Whiteing, HMS Indomitable images (M/PW), Michael Pocock of Maritime Quest (MQ), David Page of  NavyPhotos (NP), Peter Swarbrick of Ships Pictures (SP), plus Franklin D Roosevelt Library (FDR), US Naval Historical Centre (US), US Library of Congress (LC) and their contributors. (Each image is acknowledged by the abbreviation for the main source and name of the individual contributor if appropriate). My thanks to all of them.
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Types of Warfare/and Navies
Aircraft Carrier Warfare
Amphibious Operations
Actions involving Coastal, Inshore and Special Naval Warfare
Actions involving Mine Warfare and Mine Vessels
British Navy at Beginning and End of World War 2
Royal Navy Battle Honours - linked to campaign summaries
British Submarines at War
United States Navy prepares for War, 1939-1941
German Surface Navy at War
German U-boats at War
Italian Navy at War

Atlantic & Arctic
Atlantic & Europe at the Start
Battle of the Atlantic - Battles & Warship Losses
Battle of the Atlantic - Development
Russian Convoys

Western & Eastern Europe
Western Europe 1939-June 1944
Norway, including the Norwegian Campaign 1940
Battles of Britain
Eastern Europe & Russian Front
Normandy Landings, June 1944
Western Europe, June 1944-1945, incl. South of France Landings
Mediterranean area
Mediterranean, East Africa & Near East at the Start
Balkans, Greece & Crete, incl. 1943 British Aegean Campaign
East Africa, Red Sea, Near East
North African Campaigns, incl. French North African Landings
British Navy in the Mediterranean, incl. Malta Convoys
Italian Campaign, incl. Sicily, Salerno & Anzio Landings
South of France, and Landings, August 1944
Indian & Pacific Oceans
Indian & Pacific Oceans at the Start
Japanese Conquests
Indian Ocean & SE Asia, incl Burma
Pacific Ocean Campaigns
Australian, British & New Zealand Navies in the Pacific
Each Summary is complete in its own right. The same information may therefore be found in a number of related summaries e.g. "U-boats at War" in "Battle of the Atlantic"; "British Submarines" in "Royal Navy in the Mediterranean" etc.


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revised 13/12/10