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Battleships, D-Day and Naval Strategy

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-703
JournalWar in History
Issue number3
Early online date6 Dec 2021
Accepted/In press18 May 2021
E-pub ahead of print6 Dec 2021


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This article explores the role of the battleship in naval strategy, challenging the contention that they were obsolete before the end of World War II, using the D-Day landings of June 1944 as its focus. It argues that battleships played two indispensable roles. First, they countered the threat from enemy capital ships, both to achieve command of the sea and to protect the invasion fleet. Second, they provided fire support both for the initial assault and also thereafter in defending the bridgehead and assisting the Allied advance, thereby contributing to the collapse of the German strategy for defence.

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