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The submarine was undoubtedly the most potent purely naval weapon of the twentieth century. In two world wars, enemy underwater campaigns were very nearly successful in thwarting Allied hopes of victory—indeed, annihilation of Japanese shipping by US Navy submarines is an indicator of what might have been. That the submarine was usually defeated is a hugely important story in naval history, yet this is the first book to treat the subject as a whole in a readable and accessible manner. It concerns individual heroism and devotion to duty, but also ingenuity, technical advances and originality of tactical thought. What developed was an endless battle between forces above and below the surface, where a successful innovation by one side eventually produces a counter-measure by the other in a lethal struggle for supremacy. Development was not a straight line: wrong ideas and assumptions led to defeat and disaster.
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About the Author
Engineering graduate, University of Manchester, began career working on anti-aircraft missiles in the aerospace industry before turning to writing, film and TV production on a wide range of subjects. These include two series for BBC Television on the 'Thursday War' exercises for newly commissioned warships and on the story of naval aviation, and one for BBC Radio Four on deception and psychology in warfare . Thirty books published to date covering automotive engineering, motor sport, forensic science, espionage, criminal profiling, air crash investigation and anti-submarine warfare. Dogfight: Spitfire versus Messerschmitt Bf109 is number thirty-one.