Submarines by Antony Preston lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Bison Books, 1982, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: The submarine has completely transformed warfare at sea in the twentieth century. In 1917 German U-boats came close to defeating Britain by cutting the vital transatlantic sealanes. It was only the introduction of the convoy system at the eleventh hour which prevented the U-boats from sweeping all merchant shipping from the seas. In World War II Admiral Karl Doenitzs U-boat fleet again attempted to sever Britains ocean supply lines. The Battle of the Atlantic was a bitterly-fought series of convoy actions, which raged virtually from the first day of the war until Germanys surrender. In the Pacific the US Navys submarines succeeded where the U-boats had failed and ail-but destroyed Japans merchant marine.
Since the war the combination of nuclear power and submarine-launched ballistic missiles has resulted in the SSBN a near-invulnerable launching platform for strategic nuclear warheads. The modern submarine can remain completely submerged for weeks and the limiting factor is crew fatigue rather than the requirements of the boat itself. If the submarine was a dangerous weapon in two world wars, then its present-day counterpart is an immeasurably more powerful weapon and submarine warfare will dominate any future war at sea.
The technological development of the submarine and its fighting record in two world wars is related by the eminent British naval historian Antony Preston. Submarines is generously illustrated with photographs and will appeal to every warship enthusiast.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
64 pages. Index. 11¼” x 8¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Military Naval category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…