From the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, history is littered with horribly bad military ideas on the open seas. Whether a result of lack of planning, miscalculations, a leader's ego, spy infiltration, or just a really stupid idea in the first place, each military defeat is fascinating to dissect.
Among the catastrophic missteps:
- The ANZAC disaster at Gallipoli
- Germany's failed WWII campaign in the North Atlantic
- Kennedy's quarantine of Cuba
- The French defeat of the British at the Battle of the Chesapeake
- The rise of the American Navy during the Barbary Wars
- The short life and death of Imperial Japan's Navy
- The sinking of the Bismarck, Nazi megaship
- Admiral Nelson's greatest hits: The Nile and Trafalgar
With over 35 chapters of incredible military disasters, both famous (infamous) and obscure, HOW TO LOSE A WAR AT SEA is full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the world's greatest seafaring military defeats.