Providing a unique assessment of naval strategy and historic outcomes across centuries of warfare, Understanding Victory: Naval Operations from Trafalgar to the Falklands presents four case studies that examine each ship-based battle narrative to expose and analyze the factors that contributed to each side’s success or defeat. The work opens with an overview of the general causes of success and failure in naval operations. Each case study starts with a detailed narrative of the battle and then reviews the conflict from the key perspectives identified in the introduction. These classic examples of naval warfare underscore how the outcome of naval operations is often predetermined by the clarity and quality of the mission aim, and point out striking constants in naval warfare despite the obvious differences in military technologies over a long span of time.
- Focuses on four ship-centered battle narratives: the battle of Trafalgar, the battle of Jutland, the sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, and the Falklands War
- Identifies 11 perspectives that explain victory and defeat in naval operations
- Provides a history-based survey of successful naval operations while highlighting the nature of naval operations in the 21st century
- Presents information written in a clear, reader-friendly style without compromising on its scholarly standards of content and accuracy
- Offers fascinating reading for naval college students, general audiences who enjoy naval history, and naval historians alike