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The History of the British U Class Submarine (Hardback)

Maritime Submarines

By Derek Walters
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844151318
Published: 30th November 2004
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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Originally designed in 1934 for anti-submarine training, by the end of the war 72 U-Class subs had been commissioned; 17 were lost to the enemy, and 3 in accidents. Manned by crews from seven nations' navies, they served worldwide, and never more successfully than in the Mediterranean. This book is the definitive study of this class of submarine and the men who serve on them.

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 of submarine...

... If you want to learn more about the most operationally effective submarine in British World War Two history, then is book is for you.

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