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

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

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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.This Manual confirmed the value of convoy by increasing the difficulty of U-boats in finding targets and, where intelligence was available, of diverting shipping clear of U-boat concentrations. If U-boats were to get into position to attack convoys, anbsp;...

Title:The Royal Navy and Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1917-49
Author:Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones
Publisher:Routledge - 2007-05-07


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