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Highly Recommended. By Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera. In the history of civilizations, sea power has always played a preponderant role. This collection plunges into the heart of three of the twentieth century’s greatest naval battles, told from both the lowliest sailor’s viewpoint, as well as from the commanders’. TSUSHIMA. 1905. Newly opened to the world, Japan surprises and confounds the fabled Russian fleet. JUTLAND.  1916: the British Royal Navy and the German Kaiserliche Marine confront one another in the North Sea in the final great marine confrontation of World War I and one of the greatest epic battles in the history of seafaring. MIDWAY. 1942: The age of the aircraft carrier begins. What unfolds is an epic carrier duel, the likes of which the world had never seen. In the end, Japan would never recover… Dead Reckoning, 2020.

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In the history of civilizations, sea power has always played a preponderant role. This collection plunges into the heart of three of the twentieth century’s greatest naval battles, told from both the lowliest sailor’s viewpoint, as well as from the commanders’. TSUSHIMA. 1905. Newly opened to the world, Japan surprises and confounds the fabled Russian fleet. JUTLAND.  1916: the British Royal Navy and the German Kaiserliche Marine confront one another in the North Sea in the final great marine confrontation of World War I and one of the greatest epic battles in the history of seafaring. MIDWAY. 1942: The age of the aircraft carrier begins. What unfolds is an epic carrier duel, the likes of which the world had never seen. In the end, Japan would never recover…

More on Tsushima: After decades of industrialization and modernization. Japan sought to catch up to advanced nations and control its own destiny. In 1905, when Japan’s expansionist policies clashed with the Russian Empire over Korea, Japan was poised to flex its muscle and stun the world using the same naval supremacy that opened its borders half a century earlier. The Russians, overconfident and saddled with an aging, problem-laden fleet and young, inexperienced sailors, was about to experience a defeat as profound as any ever on the open seas.

More on Jutland: Despite heavy losses, greater than the Germans’, the English reaffirm their naval supremacy over the seas of the world, and Germany, all too conscious of having escaped disaster, will opt to confine the majority of its ships to its ports after this. It was a touch and go battle from the outset, as the English cracked the German codes and snuck out of harbor to surprise them on the open seas.

More on Midway: Overconfident from the success of Pearl Harbor in 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy and its carrier fleet tried to seize the initiative again by attacking the island of Midway. But the U.S. had had time to recover and refit, and they also led a campaign of disinformation. Believing their own propaganda, the Japanese discovered even the mightiest carrier can be destroyed by a single, well-armed fighter-bomber, and the U.S. was led by daredevil pilots willing to put their lives on the line. From the Japanese losses at Midway, the United States would carry this momentum until Japan’s ultimate defeat.

Newly translated from the first appearance as a French Graphic Novel.

“I’m not sure there’s ever been a more beautiful book about the ugliness of war. Delitte and Baiguera have crafted stories that combine heroism, tragedy, humanity, and sheer technical brilliance. We don’t make nearly enough comics this good.” – Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Marvel v. DC)

“Dramatic illustrations capture the might and majesty of warships in combat with a narrative composed of vivid moments that illuminate the complex background of these affairs as well as the hopes and fears of the participants, from admirals to stokers… -Vincent P. O’Hara, author of Six Victories: North Africa, Malta, and the Mediterranean Convoy War, 1941-42

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