This publication was prepared by Robert C. Stern together with Don Greer. It contains more than a hundred of good quality pictures of World War Two submarines plus paintings and diagrams of United States submarines, radars, armaments and conning tower variations. There are many details the reader will not find in more conventional books devoted to the submarines, that easy.
It addresses such historically famous underwater boats as Argonaut, Cachalot, Tambor, Narwhal, Sargo, Dolphin, Gato, Balao classes plus many other boats. The volume not only features truly magnificent photographs, detailed line drawings and full color profiles (that will be appreciated by the ship model makers) of the American submarines but it is also sharing the accounts of the real operations of the boats in the Pacific area.
There are many informative diagrams included in the book to provide a clear picture of the happenings. The level of accuracy is really impressive and this is something you can hardly find in most of the conventional publications related to the submarines. That is why we consider the volume deserving your attention and highly recommend to download it and go through its content.
During 1942, two Germans. Doctor Ernest Steinhoff, a Peenemunde rocket scientist working for Werner Von Braun, and his brother С APT Fritz Steinhoff. of the U-551 contrived a plan to install rockets on a U-Boat. A Type V1IC U-Boat was fitted with a rack that could hold six 300 mm Wurfkoper42 Spreng tactical rockets. The tests were successful and a launch was made from a depth of twelve meters.
The test results were shown to ADM Karl Donitz and his staff, but the idea was turned down as impractical and of no value to the German war effort. Additionally, it was felt that it would tie up a fleet of U-boats that could be used to sink allied convoys. During 1943. A plan was devised to place German A-4 (V-2) rockets in floating containers and then tow them by U-Boat to the United States.
Once offshore, their ballast tanks would be filled with water, righting the container. Then the missiles would be fired at major cities on the U.S. East Coast. Contracts were actually let to the Stettin Shipyard in Poland for three such containers for test purposes, but by the time the war ended none had been produced. Following the end of World War II. Many of the German scientists fell into the hands of the American and Soviet forces and a number of them were brought to America and the USSR.
The Soviets experimented with the containerized rocket idea, while early U.S. tests focused on the German FZG-76 (V-l) Buzz Bomb. Called the Loon in Navy service, the captured Buzz Bombs were as dangerous to the sub's crew as to the enemy and many missiles exploded during launch. In 1947, the Navy began to experiment with the launching of the Loon and later Regulus I & II missiles from the decks of surfaced submarines...
In his remarkable work, Gordon Williamson, is describing the design and development of the historical opponents, covering both strengths and weaknesses of underwater boats and destroyer escorts, the famous enemies of war time. The author has provided an excellent insight into these two antagonists paying particular attention to the see-saw fortune changes when one side of the battle got the upper hand while the other side countered in... The volume deserves to be treated as a perfect supplementary material for the people learning the history of the Second World War since it is telling in detail the history of subject confrontation revealing some very interesting historical facts.
We would recommend this title to the people interested in submarines, in the history of the World War Two, in the naval warfare in general, in the submarines and their operations, in short to virtually everyone, noting that the content of the volume has been presented in a very easy-to-follow and interesting manner making this book an easy and fascinating reading. The book is truly comprehensive and will provide huge amount of the useful and verified technical and historical information to the readers.
Here is the very first book opening the famous series of "Warship in Action" presented by Squadron/Signal Pubs. The emphasis has been given by authors, Robert C. Stern & Don Greer, on the individual histories and detailed physical descriptions rather than an overall views of the underwater boat war.
The content of this publication is mainly intended to fill the gap in the available marine literature on this subject, a type-by-type surveys of Kriegsmarine submarines, explaining the development of those boats and success/failure in meeting the demands of war. It gives so much valuable information for everyone interested in the history of fleet, sea wars, naval warships and underwater boats of the past times.
The information contained in the volume is supplemented by rare original photographs of various U-boats with their role in the Second World War explained. The publication will be useful to the people with the interest in the subject and will be greatly appreciate owing to the information contained making it a real must-have one for all naval history enthusiasts. Noting that the book provides some information which is not addressed in most of the other books, we recommend above mentioned groups of readers to pay attention to this volume.
The present book belongs to the popular Military Handbooks series and covers the most famous submarines that are still there in service within the navies; the information contained is supplemented by nearly two hundred images. Each ship and submarine addressed in the volume has been provided with the full technical specification table - this allows readers to make a full and clear picture of the particular facility.
The text entries worked out by the author are discussing the potential capabilities of the contemporary naval vessels, for example the ability of the ballistic submarines to literally destroy every big capital city located anywhere in the northern hemisphere by means of the independently targetable nuclear war heads. Moreover, the publication is also dealing with the main attributes of the weapons commonly equipping the naval vessels of today.
An excellent reference source for all enthusiasts of the modern warfare and submarines - they will find all submarine-related information they need in a single volume. Note that in his work the author has also addressed the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that are in active service today,and this adds to the coverage of the book.
Unfortunately, the operations of the Japanese submarines during the war time have not been duly covered in any of the publications, though there is considerable number of the books covering the American, British and German underwater fleets. The present volume is intended to fill the existing gap in information and provide a required historical background covering the creation of the submarine fleet and making their pre-war strategy.
The author has covered the actual wartime operations of the subject submarines. The content is highly detailed but remains easily accessible to the non-technical people. It presents a truly sound history of the events that took place in the course of the Second World War addressing the role that the Japanese submarines played and providing an insightful professional look into the underwater warfare of the subject period.
The author has done an excellent job providing readers with the explanation of the ineffectiveness of those submarines. Technical part of the book is really perfect and will be appreciated by the engineers. the information is supplemented with numerous rare photos, illustrations and operational maps. The list of submarine losses is provided in the Appendix.
This book looks at the various classes of underwater boats together with their various weapons carried on them, and particularly addresses at the men who manned them and conducted this very protracted and hard fought campaign.
The main content has been divided into four majors parts, and the first part is covering the submarines in German naval service from earliest days, through its first great test in the First World War and to the historically famous clandestine campaign which took place between 1919 and 1935 and which was designed to keep U-boat technology and practice alive, despite the terms of the Versailles Treaty.
The second part of the volume is dealing with the major technological areas in the period 1935-1945, including the detailed descriptions of the various types of U-boat, their weapons, communications, sensors, propulsion systems, machinery and other aspects.
In the third part the author describes the campaigns, the men, their training, the sorry saga of Luftwaffe co-operation, submarine losses, and touches the end of the campaign. There is an appendix concluding the volume and devoted solely to the underwater boats that were lost at sea in the period 1939-1945.
An excellent military reference prepared by the best-selling authors who have managed to capture the most interesting and real-life moments of service on board nuclear underwater boat. Their magnitude helped to get the security clearance for the information and data diagrams that have never been available to the wide audience in the past.
The publication features numerous truly exclusive photos, very informative illustrations and data, details launching procedures for the weapons, an gives an insight to the living on board of every crew members up to the captain. The book is recounting a fascinating and glorious history of submarines. It also gives interesting tours through the submarines themselves.
The readers have noticed that the content of this volume is as accurate as it can be. The author is taking readers through the birth moment of the submarine and up to the final build, i.e. to the moment the boat become home to the crew members. Note that this is not a fiction book so you are expected to have some understanding of the submarines and be familiarized with commonly used abbreviations. The book is an invaluable part of the history of submarines helping people understand the prospective of their warfare.