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HURD, Archibald, Sir. Britannia has Wings! : The Fleet in Action- On, Over, and Under the Sea. With 41 Illustrations. London : National Book Association / Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., . Pp 112 + b&w photo frontispiece + 40 pages of b&w photos, &c. With some tables in the text. Small 8vo (129 x 188 mm), blue cloth, with black lettering to spine.
Sir Archibald Hurd (b. August 13, 1869 - d. June 20, 1959).
A patriotic review of Royal Navy history, followed by an account of RN successes in World War Two to the date of publication.
"It explains why the officers and men of the British Fleet have had to keep watch and ward, in fair weather and foul, for the past two and a half years with little respite, and to run such unprecedented risks from enemy action on, over and under the sea - guns, torpedoes, mines and bombs
It is the tale of too few British men-of-war and too few officers and men - an informed commentary on the twenty years of pre-war naval economy, which has proved so costly in human life and ships - naval and mercantile. The Royal Navy has, in fact, had a job to do which would have been beyond its capacity if the officers and men had been less skilled, less courageous, and less indifferent to the hazards of war against heavy odds - in fact, had it no so gloriously maintained 'the Nelson tradition'."
1. The Royal Navy's Lonely Ordeal - The Nightmare of Victorian Statesmen - The Spectre of Naval isolation - The Situation in the Last War - The Germans Outmanoeuvred - Six Fleets against One - The Enemy's Miscalculation.
2. Nelson's Legacy - British Naval Policy and the Rise of Industrialism - Old Age at the Helm - Opposition to Steam and Steel - The Domination of Militarism - Raleigh's Doctrine of Defence - The Naval Revival - The Rebuilding of the Fleet.
3. The Gathering of the Clouds - The Price of Naval Economy - Old Ships and High Casualties - The Experience of the War of 1914-18 - The Admiralty's Race against Time - The Post-war Scrapping Policy - Reductions of the Building Programmes and the Consequences.
4. The Breaking of the Storm - The Supremacy of the Battleship - Lord Fisher's Prescience - Hasty Opinions Disproved - The Dreadnought Design Universal - Complemenatry Units of the Fleet.
5. The Fleet Air Arm - The Admiralty's Fight for Unity of Command - _ The Appearance of the Aircraft Carrier - Description of the Ark Royal - Aircraft in Battleships and Cruisers - The Torpedo-Carrying Aeroplane.
6. The Fleet in Action - The Rounding-up of the 'Pocket Battleship' Graf Spee - Out-manoeuvred off the River Plate - Scuttled by her Crew - The Fights off Narvik - The Battle of Matapan - The Work of the Aircraft - The Chase of the Battleship Bismarck - The Loss of the Battleship Hood.
7. The Defence of Merchant Shipping - The Organisation of the Convoy System - The Lessons of Experiences - Co-operation of Shipowners - Training of Merchant Officers and Men in their Duties - The Price of Economy - Importance of Aircraft in Escort and Patrol - The Failure of the Blitzkrieg in March - April, 1941 - The Aid of the United States.
8. The Menace of Sea and Air - Disappointed Hopes - The Holy Alliance - The Doom of the League of Nations - The Washington Naval Treaty - Restriction of Naval Power and Development of Military and Air Forces - The Future Defence of World Peace - The Burden of Armaments - The task of the English-speaking Peoples.
Slightly rubbed, else very good in torn, price-clipped dustjacket. Title page is a cancel leaf. 40.00
Title: Britannia has Wings! : The Fleet in Action- On, Over, and Under the Sea. in dustjacket .
Publisher: National Book Association, 1941,: 1941
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