Hidden Warships: Finding World War II’s Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships

Posted: July 8, 2015 in Books, Naval, World War II

11693838_10153585386580832_7342236132473556676_nHidden Warships: Finding World War II’s Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships is a great opportunity to read about and see the unique stories of the combat history, recovery, and preservation of World War II-era combat ships from around the world.

World War II produced many epic naval battles and technologies. The many resulting shipwrecks from this immense war unintentionally created a record of warfighting technologies that today’s armchair explorers and shipwreck hunters can participate in. In an accessible format with over 200 illustrations, Hidden Warships details the combat, recovery, and preservation of combat ships from World War II–beginning with the Japanese midget submarine attacks on Pearl Harbor–to the sinking of the postwar aircraft carrier USS Oriskany.

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In addition to the many combat ships that were sunk across the globe and have been located, a number of submarines once lost in action have recently been found, including the aircraft carrying Japanese sub I-401, the USS Grunion, and the combined fleet sunk while testing atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, including the German cruiser Prince Eugen.

Hidden Warships is a really fun read.  The format strikes an excellent balance between a detail heavy academic book, and an easy-reading, coffee table book.  This makes it an easy, though thoroughly rewarding read.  The production is simply superb, with brilliant photos on almost every page.

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The section on the Graf Spee sticks in my mind in particular as being an excellent account of the research and dive into the wreckage, as well as what happened to what they managed to salvage – as well as what they couldn’t.

Recommended not only for those with an interest in WWII naval warfare, but also for those with an interest in restoration and preservation work in general.  This will be a book you come back to again and again.

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