The outbreak of war found the Royal Navy with world-wide responsibilities but, despite its legendary professionalism, out-of-date strategic doctrines. Despite some early clashes between capital ships, advances in submarine warfare and naval aviation would soon come to dominate the war at sea. By mid-1943, however, the Royal Navy dominated the Mediterranean, was winning the campaign against the Atlantic U-boats, and was convoying vast quantities of war material across the Atlantic and to Russia. The 'senior service' made a huge contribution to the D-Day landings, and sent strong units to support the USN in the final campaigns against Japan.
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Table of Contents
Introduction - organisation and command structure in 1939 · Recruitment and training - personnel categories · Service afloat - organisation of the ship's company · Uniforms - officers, ratings, shore parties, Naval Commandos, Fleet Air Arm · Insignia - ratings' badges · WRNS & QARNNS · Commonwealth and Allied personnel · Miscellaneous organisations.