Janes Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. MccurtieMore than 6000 warships are included in this comprehensive encyclopedia of the worlds navies during World War II.
Compiled from the pages of contemporary editions of Janes, the worlds most authoritative naval reference work, this extraordinary volume presents photographs, line drawings, and data tables, providing the reader with instant reference to the facts and figures of the great fleets that clashed at Leyte Gulf, Midway, Matapan, and the many other naval battles that took place on the oceans and seas around the world.
Jane's Fighting Ships Of World War II
World War II saw the end of the battleship as the dominant force in the world's navies. On the outbreak of the War, large fleets of battleships—many inherited from the dreadnought era decades before—were one of the decisive forces in naval thinking. By the end of the War, battleship construction was all but halted, and almost every remaining battleship was retired or scrapped within a few years of its end. Some pre-war commanders had seen the aircraft carrier as the capital ship of the future, a view which was reinforced by the devastating Pearl Harbor attack in The resultant Pacific War saw aircraft carriers take precedence. There were just two engagements in the Pacific Theater where battleships fought each other,  and only three battleship versus battleship engagements in the Atlantic.
The list of ships of World War II contains major military vessels of the war, arranged alphabetically and by type. The list includes armed vessels that served during the war and in the immediate aftermath, inclusive of localized ongoing combat operations, garrison surrenders, post-surrender occupation, colony re-occupation, troop and prisoner repatriation, to the end of Some uncompleted Axis ships are included, out of historic interest. Ships are designated to the country under which they operated for the longest period of the World War II, regardless of where they were built or previous service history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.