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By George Franklin

Britain's Anti-Submarine potential, 1919-1939 is the 1st unified examine of the advance of Britain's anti-submarine power among the armistice in 1919 and the onset of the second one international German submarine assault on Britain's maritime exchange in 1939. good researched and but accessibly written, this booklet demanding situations the common trust that the Royal military didn't count on the specter of the U-boat within the moment global conflict.

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For this one must look to the branch structure. All Commanding Officers of ships, the vast majority of Admirals and virtually all officers of influence in the Staff were of the executive, or seaman, branch. After about five to eight years in the service, non-submariner executive branch officers tended to specialise either in gunnery, torpedoes (which included electrics), navigation, communications or antisubmarine. When he had completed his chosen course, the officer’s specialisation would be shown in the Navy List, he would time and again be appointed to specialist jobs and he would feel very much part of a tribe.

It was, instead, seen as a demonstration of how a treaty commitment could lead the nation unwittingly to the brink of an unpredictable war. 22 Copyright © 2003 George Franklin STRATEGY In discussing the strategy which informed inter-war A/S policy, one further subject is worthy of mention—the vulnerability of France to German invasion. It will be shown later in the book that the Royal Navy’s plans with respect to a German offensive revolved around a submarine attack in the narrow waters around Great Britain and in the Atlantic approaches north and south of Ireland.

1, p. 92. The Hague convention of 1907 allowed submarines to attack warships or merchant ships in convoy without warning. They could also attack independent merchant ships without warning if they had committed a hostile act, such as firing on the submarine or making a distress call indicating the submarine’s position. An independent merchant ship that committed no hostile act could be stopped but the personnel in the ship had to be allowed to disembark to the boats before the submarine could sink the ship.

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