'The first satisfactory survey of the naval side of the war' was how the eminent historian Professor Arthur Marder described Geoffrey Bennett's Naval Battles of the First World War. This book, as the Foreword by Admiral Arleigh Burke makes plain, is in the same tradition and of the same high quality. Captain Bennett discusses the traumatic effects of the Washington and London Naval Treaties on the fleets of the principal powers between the wars, and their astonishing growth and technical progress between 1939 and 1945. He then deals with the war in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The Battle of the River Plate, the struggle for Narvik, the hunt for the Bismarck, the convoys' battles with the U-boat, the destruction of the Italian Fleet at Taranto and Matapan, the sinking of the Scharnhorst are all vividly described and authoritatively analysed. In the latter part of the book Captain Bennett tells how the powerful Japanese Imperial Navy was defeated by an American Navy forged by defeat into a superb force. The desperate battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf are all covered in depth.
Geoffrey Bennett served in the Royal Navy from 1923 until 1958. He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and author of many naval histories, including Naval Battles of the First World War, Nelson the Commander and The Battle of the River Plate.