Anti-Submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History

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Seaforth Publishing, Nov 15, 2007 - History - 224 pages
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The submarine was undoubtedly the most potent purely naval weapon of the twentieth century. In two world wars, enemy underwater campaigns were very nearly successful in thwarting Allied hopes of victory - indeed, annihilation of Japanese shipping by US Navy submarines is an indicator of what might have been. That the submarine was usually defeated is a hugely important story in naval history, yet this is the first book to treat the subject as a whole in a readable and accessible manner. It concerns individual heroism and devotion to duty, but also ingenuity, technical advances and originality of tactical thought. What developed was an endless battle between forces above and below the surface, where a successful innovation by one side eventually produces a counter-measure by the other in a lethal struggle for supremacy. Development was not a straight line: wrong ideas and assumptions led to defeat and disaster.
 

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Contents

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Introduction DevelopingtheThreat15781913
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NewHopesfromNewWeapons191718
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New Failures and Repeated Mistakes 193941
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UBoatsTriumphantTheHappyTime1941 Drumbeat194142
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The Air Gap and the Battle of the Bay 194342
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Air Power Tips the Balance 194243
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TheAtlanticCrisisTheCrucialConvoyBattles1943 ASWTriumphsintheWest194345
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JapaneseCatastrophe194144
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The New PostWar Threat 194554
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The Nuclear Revolution 1954the present
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Stealth and Silence and Underwater Hunting 19601992
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The 21stCentury Submarine Threat 1991the present Bibliography andSources Notes 9 7
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Mediterranean Sideshow 193944
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David Owen is an author and historian.

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