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

By Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones

Routledge – 2006 – 240 pages

Series: Cass Series: Naval Policy and History

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Description

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.

Reviews

'An extremely well researched and balanced work, The Royal Navy and Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1917-49 is a refereshing look at a complex subject, from the eyes of a seasoned professional, and sheds light on some popular misunderstanding as to the complexity of modern ASW…a key reference document for naval historians and future maritime strategists.' - The Northern Mariner

Contents

Introduction 1. Echoes from the Past, 1917-1940 2. Mastering the Submersible, 1939-1943 3. Elusive Victory: Countering the Schnorkel, 1944-1945 4. The Dawn of Modern Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1944-1946 5. Short-Term Problems, Long-Term, Solutions, 1945-1946 6. New Problems, Old Recipes, 1947-1948 7. Future Uncertainties, 1948-1949 Conclusion: Joining up the Dots, 1944-1949

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Description: By Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones. 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...
Categories: British History, Military & Naval History, War & Conflict Studies, Strategic Studies, Sea Power