David Wragg is the author of some thirty books on aviation and naval history. He has also been a contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Telegraph, the Spectator, the Scotsman, and the Sunday Herald. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This is a concise account of the operations of the Royal Navy in the Second World War against Germany, France, Italy, and Japan. Wragg is a knowledgeable narrator, familiar with both the hardware and the personnel of the Royal Navy, 1939-1945. Craig L. Symonds, author of <i>The Battle of Midway</i> and <i>Neptune</i> The Royal Navy that went to war with the Axis in 1939 was a shrunken, Depression-era version of the fleet that had beaten the Kaiser twenty years earlier. David Wragg shows us how the British navy rebounded yet struggled to rule the waves against Germany, Italy and Japan. <i>Total Germany</i> is a fascinating example of how, even as it began, World War II anticipated the Cold War, with a much weakened Britain relying on the United States at sea as much as on land to secure victory. Geoffrey Wawro, director of the Military History Center, University of North Texas