Cunningham was the best-known and most celebrated British admiral of the Second World War. He held one of the two major fleet commands between 1939 and 1942, and in 1942-43, he was Allied naval commander for the great amphibious operations in the Mediterranean. From 1943 to 1946, he was the First Sea Lord and a participant in the wartime conference.

chapter 3|9 pages

Cowan’s Protégé, 1919–33

chapter 6|15 pages

Mussolini’s War, June–December 1940

chapter 7|21 pages

Triumph into Tragedy, January–May 1941

chapter 8|15 pages

The Caged Tiger, June 1941–April 1942

chapter 11|9 pages

The Invasion of Sicily, May–August 1943

chapter 16|7 pages

The Long Ebb Tide, June 1946–June 1963