The Royal Navy and Anti-submarine Warfare, 1917-49
An essential new account of how anti-submarine warfare is conducted, with a focus on both historic and present-day operations.
This new book shows how until 1944 U-boats operated as submersible torpedo craft which relied heavily on the surface for movement and charging their batteries. This pattern was repeated in WWII until Allied anti-submarine countermeasures had forced the Germans to modify their existing U-boats with the schnorkel. Countermeasures along also pushed the development of high-speed U-boats capable of continuously submerged operations.
This study shows how these improved submarines became benchmark of the post-war Russian submarine challenge. Royal Navy doctrine was developed by professional anti-submarine officers, and based on the well-tried combination of defensive and offensive anti-submarine measures that had stood the press of time since 1917, notwithstanding considerable technological change.
This consistent and holistic view of anti-submarine warfare has not been understood by most of the subsequent historians of these anti-submarine campaigns, and this book provides an essential and new insight into how Cold War, and indeed modern, anti-submarine warfare is conducted.
Mastering the submersible 193943
countering the schnorkel 194445
Tactics refined from experience
Prospects of the Uboat war
Assessments of the Russian threat
Antisubmarine problems of the future and attackatsource
Submarine tactical and technical development
Antisubmarine trials at sea
joining up the dots 19449
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The Royal Navy and Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1917-49
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