The Royal Navy and Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1917-49

1st Edition

Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones

Routledge
Published August 15, 2014
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781138010420 - CAT# Y164461
Series: Cass Series: Naval Policy and History

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Summary

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.

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