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By David K. Brown

A warship clothier and recognized writer of a quartet of books on British warships, David ok. Brown takes an in depth examine the Allied ships, guns, and strategies that gained the submarine struggle within the Atlantic during this handsomely illustrated booklet. starting with the teachings realized from global warfare I, the writer outlines inter-war advancements in know-how and coaching and describes arrangements for international battle II. He then examines the stability of virtue because it see-sawed among U-boats and escorts while new guns and sensors have been brought at a swift cost.

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The enormous building programme of merchant ships (and escorts) in the USA was a major contributory factor. This was only partially offset by the building of U-boats, which by 1918 had steadied at about eight boats per month. There were concerted efforts to increase the building rate, but with little success. , whilst training of crews – commanding officers in particular – remained a problem. However, defence analysts in the late thirties would have been wise to expect Germany to achieve at least an equal rate of completion of submarines.

Hard-lying money was reintroduced during the winter months as partial compensation. The inter-war complement of 110–15 rose to 170 during the war Malcolm, a leader, had much the same fit as Veteran. A total of fifteen (plus Wallace) were converted to ‘WAIRS’ with a heavy AA armament of two twin 4in and two four-barrel machine guns. They were used almost exclusively on the east coast and played no part in the Battle of the Atlantic. Some thirty-eight of the remainder were available for Western Approaches work or preparing for such duties.

8: Comparison of U-boat specifications from the two world wars In shallow waters, such as those round the British Isles, it is necessary only to know the position of a target submarine in plan – two dimensions. In deeper waters the problem becomes a much more complicated, three-dimensional one. A related problem is that it takes a long while for a depth charge to sink to the level of the submarine, making the fire control problem more difficult and increasing the opportunity for the boat to move out of lethal distance from the charge.

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