1st.ed., 2011. Xxi + 552 pp., 38 photo-plates & 9 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Heralded as the "first definitive account of the Royal Navy in the Second World War", the author draws on hundreds of contemporary diaries and letters, along with memoirs, oral history and official documents ' painting a human panorama of the war at sea. Seen through the eyes of the sailors themselves, the book describes how the Royal Navy mustered and fought in every conceivable vessel from mighty battleships and aircraft carriers to cramped corvettes, rickety minesweepers, submarines and obsolete Swordfish biplanes. It is a compelling account of the horror, triumph, tragedy and above all the human element of six years of naval warfare.