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by Richard Hough

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Author: Richard Hough
ISBN: 158567379X
ISBN13: 978-1585673797
Language: English
Publisher: The Overlook Press (May 2003)
Pages: 288
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Naval Battles of the 20th Century. Hough was the official historian of the Mountbatten family and a longtime student of Churchill

Naval Battles of the 20th Century. 1585670405 (ISBN13: 9781585670406). This book charts their rise and fall, looking at well-known engagements like Jutland, Midway and the hunt for the Bismarck as well as some lesser known ones. Hough was the official historian of the Mountbatten family and a longtime student of Churchill. Winston Churchill figures prominently in nine of his books, including Former Naval Person: Churchill and the Wars at Sea. He won the Daily Express Best Book of the Sea Award in 1972. Books by Richard Hough

Hough, Richard, 1922-1999.

Hough, Richard, 1922-1999. Naval art and science - History - 20th century, Naval battles - History - 20th century, Naval history, Modern - 20th century, Naval art and science, Naval battles, Naval history, Modern. Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press. Originally published: London : Constable, 1999. Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-287) and index.

Richard Hough Naval Battles of the 20th Century. ISBN 13: 9781585670406. Naval Battles of the 20th Century. In 1905, when this book begins, the first major engagement between ironclad fleets - the Battle of Tsu-Shima - took place in the Far East and decided the outcome of the Russo-Japanese war in Japan's favor. What follows are the mighty sea battles of our century, graphically reconstructed for the reader.

20th Century History: C 1900 To C 2000. In 1905, when this book begins, the first major engagement between ironclad fleets - the Battle of Tsu-Shima - took place in the Far East and decided the outcome of the Russo-Japanese war in Japan's favor

20th Century History: C 1900 To C 2000. Naval Forces & Warfare. Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century. Victories, defeats, and mutinies at sea, from the battle with the Bismarck to the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal, are all recorded in sometimes horrific detail.

Bibliography of 18th–19th century Royal Naval history. This Bibliography covers sources for Royal Navy history through the 18th and 19th centuries. Some sources may be duplicated in sections when appropriate.

Man Knowledge: Early 20th Century Battles Every Man Should Know. With the springing of the trap, a fierce naval battle ensued. The larger Japanese force, including four of the six carriers which had months earlier bombarded Pearl Harbor, were caught off guard and was soundly beaten. It’s probably happened to you before. In the midst of an in depth conversation on a manly topic (such as the great outdoors, history, literature, etc), someone looks to you for information that for whatever reason they assume you have. All four Japanese carriers were sunk, in contrast to the loss of only one carrier by the American forces.

Author: Richard Hough. And it witnessed the greatest naval battle of all time

The Great War at Sea: 1914-1918. Author: Richard Hough. Publisher: Endeavour Press Lt. 2013. And it witnessed the greatest naval battle of all time. In ‘The Great War At Sea: 1914-1918’, the historian Richard Hough tells the story of those naval battles and how they shaped the eventual outcome of the war. It is a history as much of men as of ships; men like Sir John Jellicoe, ‘Jacky’ Fisher, and Winston Churchill, who together succeeded in jolting the Royal Navy out of its nineteenth-century complacency.

Still, Richard Hough, as we would expect, has done a great job of. .

In battle, Dreadnought had only one confirmed kill when it rammed and sank the SM U-29. Richard Hough's "Dreadnought" is a definitive history of the dreadnought battleship from the design & construction of HMS DREADNOUGHT through to the battleships constructed and designed at the end of WWII. The book is a great read and details the impact of the namesake ship on the navies of the world and the arms race it initiated; culminating in WWI.

This list of naval battles is a chronological list delineating important naval fleet battles. If a battle's name isn't known it's just referred to as "Action of (date)". 456 – Romans under Flavius Ricimer defeat Vandals near Corsica. 461 Cartagena – Vandals destroy a newly built West Roman fleet. 468 Cape Bon – Vandals defeat East and West Romans under Basiliscus. 551 Sena Gallica – The Byzantines defeat the Ostrogoths.

A moving testament to naval battles that changed the world.

The major naval powers―Britain, America, Russia, and Japan―have all played a part in the theater of war at sea over the last one hundred years. Naval fighting has always been a rapidly developing affair, and in no century have changes been so swift and fundamental. In 1905, when this book begins, the first major engagement between ironclad fleets―the Battle of Tsu-Shima―took place in the Far East and decided the outcome of the Russo-Japanese war in Japan’s favor. What follows are the mighty sea battles of our century, graphically reconstructed for the reader. Victories, defeats, and mutinies at sea, from the battle with the Bismarck to the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal.
Comments to eBook Naval Battles of the 20th Century
Paster
Good overviews of the battles which could lead to a more in-depth selection of them individually. If one didn't know about the naval conflicts before hand, this would be a good book to start with
Olma
I've read the preceding reviews on amazon.com of this book, and they give it a bum rap, but I think they miss the point. You don't criticize an apple for failing to be an orange. This book is not, and does not pretend to be, a heavyweight, exhaustive, scholarly treatment for naval professionals and buffs. You won't find a Samuel Eliot Morison level of thoroughness, detail, analysis, and documentation here. Instead it is a readable, well-written, informed, brief account of major twentieth-century naval battles, as selected and described by a British naval historian, intended for the lay reader. When such major battles as Jutland (38 pages), Midway (15 pages), and Leyte Gulf (20 pages), each of which has been the subject of full-scale books in its own right, are treated at such summary length here, it is obvious that this book is an exercise in synthesis, not analysis. It is a popular book, in the good sense of that term. If that's not what you want, look elsewhere. The book was a selection of the Military Book Club.

My edition has a blurb from ex-Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, writing in The Wall Street Journal: Hough is a good storyteller with a refreshing, breezy style. That's an apt and fair summary: the emphasis is on good storytelling. The author has chosen 13 naval battles, each receiving a chapter, starting with the battle of Tsu-Shima (Russo-Japanese war) of 1905 and concluding with the battle for the Philippines of 1944, and has told their stories succinctly (chapters range from 10 to 38 pages; the text of the book is only 282 pages). Some maps are provided, where the author judged the complexity of the battle warrants, and there is a select, chapter-by-chapter bibliography.

My complaints are that more maps might well have been provided (e.g., no map for the battle of Midway), that the selection of illustrations is meager and inadequate, and that various errors bespeak careless preparation. Particularly in the last quarter of the book there are some silly and typographical errors that indicate a serious failure to proofread; a few of them are glaring, even egregious, but obvious (e.g., 7 May on p. 223 should read 7 June; From their base at Rabaul, the United States reinforced. . . . on p. 227 should read Japan instead of US; Admiral Halsey on p. 243 should read Admiral Nimitz; Admiral Clifton Spruance on p. 267 should read Raymond Spruance).

Strengths are that Hough was a good choice to write a book of this type: the writing is polished, spare, and lean; Hough is adept at painting a vivid picture with a few deft, broad strokes, at conveying much in little space. The narration of the battles unfolding is convincing yet economical, the writing colorful and incisive, with an eye for the telling detail, whether of personal character or physical description. Hough is even-handed and balanced, free from British bias or chauvinism. In several instances the author, a distinguished British naval historian with a number of books in the field to his credit, has personally interviewed survivors of these battles.

Perhaps because (unlike the other amazon.com reviewers) I wasn't expecting this book to be what it clearly is not, I found it highly readable and informative, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So take the negative reviews here with a grain of salt. And for anyone interested, there are full, dramatic, memorable accounts of the battles of Midway and Leyte Gulf in Herman Wouk's War and Remembrance.
Damand
I've read the preceding reviews here of this book, and they give this book a bum rap, but I think they miss the point. You don't criticize an apple for failing to be an orange. This book is not, and does not pretend to be, a heavyweight, exhaustive, scholarly treatment for naval professionals and buffs. You won't find a Samuel Eliot Morison level of thoroughness, detail, analysis, and documentation here. Instead it is a readable, well-written, informed, brief account of major twentieth-century naval battles, as selected and described by a British naval historian, intended for the lay reader. When such major battles as Jutland (38 pages), Midway (15 pages), and Leyte Gulf (20 pages), each of which has been the subject of full-scale books in its own right, are treated at such summary length here, it is obvious that this book is an exercise in synthesis, not analysis. It is a popular book, in the good sense of that term. If that's not what you want, look elsewhere. The book was a selection of the Military Book Club.

My edition has a blurb from ex-Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, writing in The Wall Street Journal: Hough is a good storyteller with a refreshing, breezy style. That's an apt and fair summary: the emphasis is on good storytelling. The author has chosen 13 naval battles, each receiving a chapter, starting with the battle of Tsu-Shima (Russo-Japanese war) of 1905 and concluding with the battle for the Philippines of 1944, and has told their stories succinctly (chapters range from 10 to 38 pages; the text of the book is only 282 pages). Some maps are provided, where the author judged the complexity of the battle warrants, and there is a select, chapter-by-chapter bibliography.

My complaints are that more maps might well have been provided (e.g., no map for the battle of Midway), that the selection of illustrations is meager and inadequate, and that various errors bespeak careless preparation. Particularly in the last quarter of the book there are some silly and typographical errors that indicate a serious failure to proofread; a few of them are glaring, even egregious, but obvious (e.g., 7 May on p. 223 should read 7 June; From their base at Rabaul, the United States reinforced. . . . on p. 227 should read Japan instead of US; Admiral Halsey on p. 243 should read Admiral Nimitz; Admiral Clifton Spruance on p. 267 should read Raymond Spruance).

Strengths are that Hough was a good choice to write a book of this type: the writing is polished, spare, and lean; Hough is adept at painting a vivid picture with a few deft, broad strokes, at conveying much in little space. The narration of the battles unfolding is convincing yet economical, the writing colorful and incisive, with an eye for the telling detail, whether of personal character or physical description. Hough is even-handed and balanced, free from British bias or chauvinism. In several instances the author, a distinguished British naval historian with a number of books in the field to his credit, has personally interviewed survivors of these battles.

Perhaps because (unlike the other reviewers) I wasn't expecting this book to be what it clearly is not, I found it highly readable and informative, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So take the negative reviews here with a grain of salt. And for anyone interested, there are full, dramatic, memorable accounts of the battles of Midway and Leyte Gulf in Herman Wouk's War and Remembrance.
Whitescar
For an author who lists 10 books to his credit and for a book that was originally published in 1999, this is the first American printing, I expected a lot more and was very disappointed. His accuracy leaves alot to be desired. Most of my detaled knowledge is in USN battles. Hough on p 213 claims Fletcher commanded TF 17 at Midway and both Enterprise and Hornet had combat inexperienced airgroups, while true for Hornet at this point Enterprise had raided the Marshells and Marcus. He blurs together the Battle of the Phillipine Sea and Leyte Gulf and his facts here to are incorrect. He implies Zuikaku was sunk at the Phillipine Sea not off Cape Engano. For a book written in the late 1990's his bibliography is extremely short on material written in the '80's and 90's that would include codebreaking material declassified during this period.
In all the book seems written, edited, and fact-checked way to quickly, Hough gets his facts wrong and failed to keep up with current research on his subjects particularly when the USN was involved. I do not have the detailed knowledge of Tsushima and the RN battles of WWI and WWII mentioned but here to his bibliography is heavily slanted to material from the 50's - 70's and in some cases, as the Bismark, this would hurt for a lack of released cryptography data.
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