How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders
William Morrow, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his collection of essays highlights the catastrophic missteps and blunders that enable a number of naval commanders to snatch defeat from what well might have been a smashing victory.
ver thirty short essays describe the circumstances, miscues and ultimate results of these naval encounters which span two centuries from the 1780s to the 1980s.
rom the shores of Tripoli and the Spanish American War to both World Wars and the Cold War, these naval campaigns illustrate how a combination of bad luck, misguided bravado, inadequate intelligence and staggering incompetence led to some embarrassing and conflict altering defeats.
ot only is this a very entertaining collection of essays but it also shows that as much can be learned from military disasters as from battlefield victories. You'll see that not everyone goes home a winner and some crushing defeats were not only definitely earned but also well deserved!
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