This book is a real treat for enthusiasts’ interested in British submarines of World War Two. Not only does the book cover details of individual submarines, it also has a chapter on the special operations which this class of submarine were often involved in. Needless to say I was completely hooked after the first page. The author has clearly researched this class of submarine in-depth and starts by furnishing the reader with details of the first three boats of this class. The author writes about the rigorous sea trials the early Unity-Class boats underwent – trials in which they performed well and demonstrated excellent handling and manoeuvrability... ... Derek Walters, transits seamlessly through the developmental concepts of the U-Class submarine, which did not change much from the original design. Drawing on information collected from multiple archive sources the author has stitched together a book which provides researchers and historians with an accurate timeline of this class.. Read more
On the evening of 3rd September 1939, just hours after World War II was declared, passengers on board the ocean liner Athenia were enjoying their Sunday dinner when the ship was rocked by explosions. Germany had struck its first blow of the war by firing a torpedo without warning from a submarine, U-30 launching the Battle of the Atlantic. Athenia was a British ship loaded with Americans, Canadians, and Europeans attempting to cross the Atlantic from Liverpool to Montreal before the outbreak of war. As the ship sank, 1306 were rescued but 112 people were lost, including thirty Americans. The outcome of this disaster served as a catalyst to shape the British public opinion of the war. In Canada, the death of a ten year old passenger caused by the sinking became an emotional issue and the country supported Parliament’s decision to enter the war. In the United States, the attack exposed Germany as a serious threat and changed public opinion enough to allow the country to sell munitions.. Read more
Shipping – Today and yesterday
With all of the books published on warships and naval operations during the Twentieth Century, most new books are talking another look at a subject covered many times before by other authors. Then occasionally, a book is published that covers an important warship that has somehow managed to escape serious coverage before. This new book is one of those rare new books. The author has written an engaging account of the development and operations of the x-1. The text is enhanced but very good illustration in the form of photographs and drawings, spread through the body of the book.
Undersea combat during WWII was not limited to U-boats and fleet boats. After having three capital ships attacked by Italian Maiale midget subs, Britain got into the act. Churchill was concerned with the German battleship Tirpitz, the threat of which hung over the North Sea and tied down the Royal Navy. Midget Submarine Commander details the life and career of one of the captains of the 4-man X-craft, Godfrey Place. Place and his crew of X-7 would meet the Tirpitz and have a substantial effect on the naval war. Place was born in 1921, the son of a distinguished WWI veteran. In 1934, Place entered the Royal Naval College and graduated 2nd in his class. He was considered a smart, capable officer and was attached to the 10th Submarine Flotilla in the Mediterranean. His career received an immediate boost when he became a member of the Sokol, commanded by of the famous Polish sub captain Borys Karnicki. Karnicki is best known for his personal declaration of war on Italy. Place was awarded the.. Read more
This large format book is very well produced and presented with crisp text supported by lavish illustration, much of it in full colour. There are also end paper drawings of typical Type VII U-Boats from the first series VIIA to the VIIC. The quality of the drawings is excellent and produced specifically to illustrate this book. As a result the book is highly recommended and will feature in the libraries of any self-respecting enthusiast.
The author has done an excellent job of describing the Type VII and its place in the history of warfare. This is probably the finest book on German submarines of WWI available in print.