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By Paul Kemp

An illustrated paintings overlaying the naval section of global conflict II. the topic is mentioned in keeping with form of motion, together with fleet activities, service conflict, submarine battle, coastal forces and certain forces. The publication additionally includes illustrations of lifestyles at sea and hand over ceremonies.

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The Commodores were a splendid body of men who endured the rtgours of life in the North Atlantic with an equanimity worthy of men half their age. Top: Officers on the bridge of an escort watch the merchant ships in their charge. Relations between the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy were not always smooth. The sturdy independence manifested by the Merchant Navy throughout the war in the face of operational command by the Royal Navy often brought the latter to despair. 62 Nevertheless, shared privations of the war at sea engendered a mutual respect.

CARRIER WAR 37 Left, top: The Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi. Like many of the carriers which made up the backbone of the inter-war fleets, Akagi and her sister ship Kaga were converted from the hulls of capital ships abandoned under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. Akagi was to be the flagship for the greatest surprise carrier strike in history - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Left, centre: 'Battleship Row' at Pearl Harbor in the early moments of the attack. By the summer of 1941 the Japanese felt that only military action would solve the various diplomatic and economic problems facing their country.

Above, centre: The USS Bunker Hill on fire on 11 May after being hit by two Kamikazes which penetrated the carrier's layered defences. Above, right: The British carrier task force at Ulithi in the Pacific in April 1945. From top to bottom: HMS Victorious, Illustrious, Unicorn, Indefatigable and Indomitable - the apotheosis of British naval aviation in the Second World War. 58 reached out and sank the Japanese behemoth Yamato. CARRIER WAR 55 ll belligerents depended, to a greater or lesser extent, upon the free movement of their merchant shipping either in direct support of military operations or for the import/export of raw materials essential to the war effort.

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