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on 21 September 2013
Roskill's four-volume account of the naval war between 1939 and 1945 is somewhat old, but it still contains some very valuable material. Similar in layout to Marder's masterpiece on the First World War [From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow] it covers in some detail the main events of the war at sea . Roskill did not have at his disposal confidential documents of the period, but his extensive knowledge of the period makes up for this. If you want a detailed study of the naval war at a very attractive price, then the four volumes can be had on your Kindle. Well worth it if you are a student of naval history or even as a general reader.
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on 22 February 2014
Captain Roskill was commissioned to be the Official Historian of the Second World War. He was a retired Naval Officer and an already established naval historian. To that extent he was a safe pair of hands to which to commit the account of naval events, and, as with all historians forced to comply with the frustrating 30 year rule, was not allowed to disclose privileged information (Bletchley Park; Ultra etc.) that would have made sense to some decisions and actions that were otherwise inexplicable. As a result, this history is incomplete as later classified information throws a completely different light on several campaigns. As the straightforward official history of the time as it was then known, this is a 5 star book, and Roskill was a very good and organised historian and writes the tale well. It is not, though, the full story. So many things and so much information has emerged in the last decade that this account is now a definitive account only of what what was possible to say, admit, describe, and excuse in the period following the war. For all that, it is still an indispensible source for anyone accessing the subject.
David Gregory
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on 18 February 2015
An excellent book, very pleased it is now in digital format.
I first read the three volumes many years ago and enjoyed reading them, and the same is true now although the enjoyment is marred by the many printing mistakes in the transfer to digital format.
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on 12 February 2014
makes you wonder how we ever lasted in ww2 till us entered only earlier investment in our navy saved us,once again penny pinching by politicians who cut cut cut investment everywhere whilst keep there own noses in the trough scum.worse than any benefit cheat
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on 24 January 2014
A good book for filling in detail skipped in most histories but the lack of maps makes some interpretation difficult but considering the price of £1.24 I can't reall.y complain
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on 28 June 2015
A detailed account written just after the war when memories were fresh but there are so many grammatical errors it spoiled the read. I would still recommend it though.
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on 2 July 2014
An excellent book recording in detail the history of the war at sea......great pity it includes a large number of typos.....
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on 8 October 2014
Not quite as gripping as some other historians. But still worth a read
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