The Navy Department Library
World War II-General Works
Albion, Robert G., and Jennie B. Pope. Sea Lanes in Wartime: The American Experience, 1775-1945. 2d ed. Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1968. 386 pp.
Alden, John D. U.S. Submarine Attacks During World War II: Including Allied Submarine Attacks in the Pacific Theater. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989. 285 pp.
Allard, Dean C. "The Navy, 1941-1973." In A Guide to the Sources of United States Military History, edited by Robin Higham, 514-546. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1975.
Bibliographical essay. Continued in Supplement I to the Guide published by Archon in 1981 (175-187), and Supplement II to the Guide published by Archon in 1986 (204-229).
Auphan, Gabriel A., and Herve' Cras. The French Navy in World War II. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1959. 413 pp.
Ballantine, Duncan S. U.S. Naval Logistics in the Second World War. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 1947. 308 pp.
Beach, Edward L. Submarine! New York: Holt, 1952. 301 pp.
Becton, F. Julian, and Joseph Morschauser. The Ship That Would Not Die. Englewood, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1980. 288 pp.
A history of the World War II service of destroyer USS Laffey by her skipper.
Bennett, Geoffrey M. Naval Battles of World War II. New York: D. McKay, 1975. 253 pp.
Best, Herbert. The Webfoot Warriors: The Story of UDT, the U.S. Navy's Underwater Demolition Team. New York: John Day, 1962. 187 pp.
Blassingame, Wyatt. The Navy's Fliers in World War II. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1967. 258 pp.
Bragadin, Marc' Antonio. The Italian Navy in World War II. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1957. 380 pp.
Buchanan, Albert R., ed. The Navy's Air War. New York: Harper, 1946. 432 pp.
Bulkley, Robert J. At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy. Washington: GPO, 1962. 574 pp.
Bunker, John G. Liberty Ships: The Ugly Ducklings of World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1972, 287 pp.
Compton-Hall, Richard. The Underwater War, 1939-1945. Poole, Dorset: Blandford Press; distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., 1982. 160 pp.
Connery, Robert H. The Navy and the Industrial Mobilization in World War II. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 1951. 527 pp. (Reprinted 1972 by DaCapo).
Cope, Harley F., and Walter Karig. Battle Submerged: Submarine Fighters of World War II. New York: Norton, 1951. 244 pp.
Cressman, Robert. That Gallant Ship: USS Yorktown (CV-5). Missoula, Mont.: Pictorial Histories Pub. Co., 1985. 184 pp.
Creswell, John. Sea Warfare, 1939-1945: A Short History, rev. & enl. ed. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1967. 343 p.
Donahue, Joseph A. Tin Cans and Other Ships: A War Diary, 1941-1945. North Quincy, Mass.: Christopher Pub. House, 1979. 255 pp.
The author served as an enlisted man on board USS Niblack.
Elliott, Peter. Allied Minesweeping in World War 2. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1979. 201 pp.
Fane, Francis D., and Don Moore. The Naked Warriors. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1956. 308 pp.
Operations of the Navy's underwater demolition teams.
Gallery, Daniel V. Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea. Chicago: H. Regnery, 1956. 344 pp.
Gill, George H. Royal Australian Navy, 1939-1942. Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1957. 686 pp.
Gleichauf, Justin F. Unsung Sailors: The Naval Armed Guard in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1990. 432 pp.
Gugliotta, Bobette. Pigboat 39: An American Sub Goes to War. Lexington: Univ. of Kentucky Press, 1984. 224 pp.
Heimdahl, William, and Geraldine Phillips. "The Navy and Investigating the Pearl Harbor Attack: A Consideration of New Source Material." In Changing Interpretations and New Sources in Naval History: Papers From the Third United States Naval Academy History Symposium, edited by Robert W. Love, Jr. and others, 400-412. New York: Garland Pub., 1980.
Helm, Thomas. Ordeal by Sea: The Tragedy of the USS Indianapolis. New York: Dodd Mead, 1963. 243 pp.
Hindle, Brooke. Lucky Lady and the Navy Mystique: The Chenango in WWII. New York: Vantage Press, 1991. 260 pp.
Hodges, Peter, and Norman Friedman. Destroyer Weapons of World War II. Greenwich, London, Eng.: Conway Maritime Press; Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1979. 192 pp.
Hoehling, Adolph A. The Lexington Goes Down. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971. 208 pp.
Holmes, W. J. "Naval Intelligence in the War Against Japan, 1941-1945: The View From Pearl Harbor." In New Aspects of Naval History: Selected Papers Presented at the Fourth Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, 25-26 October 1979, edited by Craig L. Symonds and others, 351-356. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981.
Karig, Walter, and others. Battle Report. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1944-1952. 6 vols.
Vols. 1-5 cover World War II; Vol. 6 covers the Korean War to 1952.
Kemp, Peter K. Key to Victory: The Triumph of British Sea Power in World War II. Boston: Little, Brown, 1957. 382 pp.
King, Ernest J. The United States Navy at War, 1941-45, Official Reports to the Secretary of the Navy. Washington: GPO, 1946. 305 pp.
Lane, Frederick C., and others. Ships for Victory: A History of Shipbuilding Under the United States Maritime Commission in World War II. United States Government Historical Reports on War Administration. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1951. 881 pp.
Lewin, Ronald. Ultra Goes to War: The First Account of World War II's Greatest Secret Based on Official Documents. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978. 397 pp.
Love, Robert W. "Fighting a Global War, 1941-1945." In In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 1775-1984, 2d ed., edited by Kenneth J. Hagan, 263-289. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1984.
Moore, Arthur R. "A Careless Word . . . a Needless Sinking:" A History of the Staggering Losses Suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine, Both in Ships and Personnel, During World War II. Rev. ed. with addendum. Kings Point, N.Y.: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1985. 564 pp.
Morison, Samuel E. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Boston: Little, Brown, 1947-62. 15 vols.
I. The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939-May 1943.
II. Operations in North African Waters, October 1942-June 1943.
III. The Rising Sun in the Pacific, 1931-April 1942.
IV. Coral Sea, Midway and Submarine Actions, May 1942-August 1942.
V. The Struggle for Guadalcanal, August 1942-1943.
VI. Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier, 22 July 1942-1 May 1944.
VII. Aleutians, Gilberts and Marshalls, June 1942-April 1944.
VIII. New Guinea and the Marianas, March 1944-August 1944.
IX. Sicily-Salerno-Anzio, January 1943-June 1944.
X. The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943-May 1945.
XI. The Invasion of France and Germany, 1944-1945.
XII. Leyte, June 1944- January 1945.
XIII. The Liberation of the Philippines: Luzon, Mindanao, the Visayas, 1944-1945.
XIV. Victory in the Pacific, 1945.
XV. Supplement and General Index.
-----. Strategy and Compromise. Boston: Little, Brown, 1958. 120 pp.
An informal treatise on the overall strategy of World War II.
-----. The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War. Boston: Little, Brown, 1963. 611 pp.
Potter, Elmer B., and Chester W. Nimitz, eds. The Great Sea War: The Story of Naval Action in World War II. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1960. 468 pp.
Adapted from the naval history of World War II as told by the editors in their book entitled Sea Power.
Puleston, William D. The Influence of Sea Power in World War II. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1947. 310 pp. (Reprinted 1970 by Greenwood).
Reynolds, Clark G. "Submarine Attacks on the Pacific Coast, 1942." Pacific Historical Review 33 (May 1964): 183-193.
Roscoe, Theodore. United States Destroyer Operations in World War II. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1953. 581 pp.
An abridgement entitled Tin Cans published in 1960 by Bantam Books.
-----. United States Submarine Operations in World War II. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1949. 577 pp.
An abridgement entitled Pigboats published in 1958 by Bantam Books.
Roskill, Stephen W. The War at Sea, 1939-1945. London: HMSO, 1954-61. 3 vols. in 4.
-----. White Ensign: The British Navy at War, 1939-1945. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1960. 480 pp.
Ruge, Friedrich. Der Seekrieg: The German Navy's Story, 1939-1945. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1957. 440 pp.
Salomon, Henry. Victory at Sea. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1959. 256 pp.
Schull, Joseph. The Far Distant Ships: An Official Account of Canadian Naval Operations in the Second World War. Ottawa: Minister of National Defense, 1950. 515 pp.
Sims, Edward H. Greatest Fighter Missions of the Top Navy and Marine Aces of World War II. New York: Harper, 1962. 250 pp.
Smith, Stanley E., ed. The United States Navy in World War II: The One-Volume History, From Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, by Men Who Fought in the Atlantic and the Pacific and by Distinguished Naval Experts, Authors and Newspapermen. New York: Morrow, 1966. 1049 pp.
Sternhell, Charles M. Antisubmarine Warfare in World War II. Washington: Operations Evaluation Group, 1946. 2 parts, 331 pp.
Also issued as Vol. 3 of Division 6 in the series of Technical Reports of the National Defense Research Committee.
Stoler, Mark A. "The American Perception of British Mediterranean Strategy, 1941-1945." In New Aspects of Naval History: Selected Papers Presented at the Fourth Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, 25-26 October 1979, edited by Craig L. Symonds and others, 325-339. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981.
Tuleja, Thaddeus V. Twilight of the Sea Gods. New York: Norton, 1958. 284 pp.
Operations of the German Navy.
U.S. Bureau of Ships. An Administrative History of the Bureau of Ships During World War II. Washington: 1952. 4 vols.
U.S. Congress. Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. Pearl Harbor Attack. Hearings before the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. 79th Cong., 1st and 2d sess. Washington: GPO, 1946. 39 vols. (Reprinted 1972 by AMS Press).
-----. Report. 79th Cong., 2d sess., Senate Doc. No. 244. Washington: GPO, 1946. 604 pp.
U.S. Naval History Division. United States Naval Chronology, World War II. Washington: GPO, 1955. 214 pp.
-----. United States Submarine Losses, World War II, Reissued With an Appendix of Axis Submarine Losses. Washington: GPO, 1964. 244 pp.
Originally published in 1946 by Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
U.S. Navy Department. Bureau of Ordnance. U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in World War II. By Buford Rowland and William Boyd. Washington: GPO, 1953. 539 pp.
Waters, Sydney D. The Royal New Zealand Navy. Wellington: War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, 1956. 570 pp.
Watts, Anthony J. Japanese Warships of World War II. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1967. 400 pp.