Five-Star Admirals and Technology of World War II

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From the book the admirals I picked up a lot of knowledge and interesting facts that I was unaware of before I had read it. The Admirals takes place before, during and after World War II which goes on to explain how four different men who were enlisted in the navy were promoted to become the only Five-Star Fleet Admirals in American history. These four men were perhaps one of the biggest, if not the biggest reason that the Allied forces had won the war. The four men that received the honor and rank of Five-Star Fleet Admiral were “William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and William F. Halsey”. I learned many things from the different naval experiences that these men were confronted with, but what had intrigued me was the vast majority of naval technology used during the war and its particular job as well as who had control over the vast majority of it. The future Fleet Admirals were appointed certain jobs, and were each given different naval ships they had to command with knowledge, and each played a role in the Allied victory in the sea. Before the war each officer held on a variety of vessels, battleships, submarines, aircraft carriers, and how the development of each type of vessel influenced the course of naval warfare. While battleships had reigned as the most reliable and preferred vessel of the seas, their supremacy was soon challenged by the uprising of the carrier. Leahy was the oldest of the four who had clung to his view of the vessel he felt was reliable and he believed strongly in the battleship's power. Nimitz was an advocate of the submarine as a strategic and very effective weapon as it could be evasive to vessels on the sea’s surface. Halsey was a devotee of the destroyer but eventually came to under... ... middle of paper ... ...hought it was interesting learning the various ways people had fought out in the sea, including the ways the young officers would eventually end up becoming the only Five-Star Fleet Admirals. In the book The Admirals the officers (Nimetz, King, Halsey, Leahy) prove that men should not be ranked on their skills or technology alone, but on both areas in a synchronized manner to overcome obstacles and rise above all other elements that stand in the way. The ships that the men grew fond of had become an inspiration to keep moving forward and succeed when it came to the battlefield. This thought would later become the thought that America has adopted to move forward when it comes to technology and build upon what has been learned. Anything from the structure of sea vessels to the artillery it carried did not only aid in war, but it aided in a country that could progress.

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