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To Crown the Waves eschews typical stereotypes by examining each navys unique goals and circumstances and shows how their individual characteristics had an impact on the way they fought. The book is unique in that it pools the expertise of specialists from six nations who are fluent in the language spoken in that navy. The authors deliver a side-by-side analysis of the conflicts fleets, with each chapter covering a single navy. Parallel chapter structures assure consistent coverage history, training, organization, doctrine, materiel, and operationsand allow readers to easily compare each fleet. The book clearly demonstrates how the Great Wars naval conflict was a collision of nineteenthcentury concepts with twentieth-century weapons that fostered unprecedented development within each navy and sparked the evolution of the submarine and aircraft carrier. The work is free from the national bias that infects so many other books on World War I navies. As they pioneer new ways of viewing the conflict, the authors provide insights and material that would otherwise require a massive library and mastery of multiple languages. Such a study has special relevance today as twentieth-century navies struggle to adapt to twenty-first-century technologies. VINCENT P. OHARA is the author of The German Fleet at War, The U.S. Navy Against the Axis, and Struggle for the Middle Sea, all published by Naval Institute Press. He lives in Chula Vista, CA. W. DAVID DICKSON is the author of The Battle of the Philippine Sea and lives in Hernando, MS. RICHARD WORTH is the author of Fleets of World War II, In the Shadow of the Battleship, and Raising the Red Banner. He lives in Bolivar, MO. All three writers also edited the Naval Institute Press On Seas Contested: The Great Navies of the Second World War.


he only comparative analysis available of the great navies of World War I, this work studies the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, the German Kaiserliche Marine, the United States Navy, the French Marine Nationale, the Italian Regia Marina, the Austro-Hungarian Kaiserliche und Knigliche Kriegsmarine, and the Imperial Russian Navy to demonstrate why the war was won not in the trenches, but upon the waves. It explains why these seven navies fought the way they did and why the war at sea did not develop as the admiralties and politicians of 1914 expected.


To grasp what happened at sea during World War I, you need to go beyond the battles and the ships to see how the various navies of World War I expected to fight (and how that differed from what they experienced) and how they were organized to do so. This book is a unique and vital contribution to our understanding of the war at sea in 1914 18. NORMAN FRIEDMAN, author of British Cruisers of the Victorian Era and Naval Weapons of World War One In To Crown the Waves, Vince OHara has led a team of experts in their particular fields in writing a uniform and comprehensive study of each of the major and minor navies of World War I. Each navy is described, from their history to their warships and their design; ports and resources that they had available; their training, strategic and tactical doctrine, and conduct of the war on, over, and under the waves, all supported with numerous tables. As such, this is an excellent introduction to the navies of all of the major and minor powers of World War I and will surprise the expert with nuggets of new information on the navies of this era. JACK GREENE, coauthor of Hitler Strikes North: The Nazi Invasion of Norway & Denmark, April 9, 1940 To Crown the Waves is a welcome addition to the naval literature of World War I. It provides a concise survey and evaluation of the major navies that goes well beyond mere lists of warships. The chapters are written by experts in their fields, and most readers are likely to learn much that they had not known before. PAUL G. HALPERN, Professor Emeritus, Florida State University and author of A Naval History of World War I

TO CROWN THE WAVES: The Great Navies of the First World War
Edited by Vincent P. OHara, W. David Dickson, and Richard Worth Publication date: 15 July 2013 360 pages, 28 illustrations, 7 maps, 42 tables, notes, select bibliography, index. Hardcover list price: $37.95 29.95 ISBN: 978-1-61251-082-8 eBook available at publication date. History WWI
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