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United States Navy Submarines 1900–2019 (Paperback)

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By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Series: Images of War
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526742063
Published: 2nd October 2019

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In 1900 the US Navy took into its first submarine, the Holland VI, into service. With a single torpedo tube, it had a crew of six, weighed 82 tons and travelled submerged at 6.2mph at a depth of up to 75 feet.

Contrast this to the 18 Ohio Class nuclear-powered submarines which entered service in 1981. Weighing 21,000 tons with a crew of 155, its underwater speed is estimated at 30mph at a depth of some 1,000 feet. It carries 16 nuclear warhead ballistic missiles with a range of 4,600 miles.

This latest Images of War title provides a detailed insight into the many US Navy submarine classes. Particularly fascinating is the post Second World War programme of nuclear powered submarines stating with the Nautilius and progressing to the Skate, Thresher, Sturgeon, Los Angeles and George Washington. Admiral Hyman G Rickover’s role as Father of the nuclear navy is examined in detail.

This superbly illustrated yet affordable book is a must for all naval enthusiasts.

There is a real lot of information to digest from this book by Pen & Sword and it is with the use of the numerous pictures contained within the book, very easy to take in. For the Images of War series of books this is quite possibly the largest pagination wise the biggest with a total of 233 pages. For someone with an interest of Submarines I am sure they will enjoy it, and certainly learn numerous things that I just took for granted before sitting down and reading this book, if you’re a keen modeller and have the Revell Gato Class Submarine 85-0396 which has the option for one of the Gato classes mentioned in the book and in the review here USS Drum SS-228 so plenty of reference pictures for you to be able to use in your build of it. I did very much enjoy reading the book.

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Armorama

It is a volume to be enjoyed by those with an interest in submarines, their equipment and capabilities. I enjoyed it, and as an indication have picked it up and been through it several times, re-reading paragraphs or cut-lines I skipped over before. Well worth its shelf space – reviewed by Fraser McKee Toronto, Ontario

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, (Vol. XXIX, No. 4, Fall 2019)

For anyone interested in US submarines, this is an essential reference to have due to its outlining of the evolution of submarines for the US Navy. The photographs likewise make the book invaluable for the scale modeler, as there are few references for some of the less mainstream boats.

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Internet Modeler - reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl

When is a submarine a submarine? The answer is in Michael Green's well illustrated work which gives a fascinating glimpse of the US Navy's underwater hunters.
The US Navy's first submersible or boat was Holland VI, bought 'off-the-shelf; and went into service in 1900. It had a crew of six and weighed 82 tons. Armed with one torpedo, it could submerge to 75 feet with a speed of 6.2 mph. In 1897 she was renamed USS Holland. In contrast, the present Ohio class nuclear submarine has a crew of 155 with an underwater speed of 30mph at a depth of 1,000 feet. It carries 16 nuclear warheads. Its successor the Virgin-class submarine has a displacement 8700 tons, a length of 377 feet, can submerge to a depth of 1600 with a speed of 25knots, armed with torpedoes, Tomahawk cruise missiles and mines.

'The Images of War. United States Navy 1900-2019', produces nuggets of information. Early American submarines carried German designed engines. German submarines examined after WWI were found to be superior to its American copies which were then declared obsolete. A submarine has a sail and called a boat, because it can submerge for short periods it was a submersible, despite being called a submarine. The current nuclear powered boats however, can remain under-water irrespective of duration and are submarines. Read the book.

Michael Green's well illustrated and information packed, 'Images of War, United States Navy Submarines 1900-2019, describes the development of the US Navy's submarine fleet. Its a page turner and a must for all naval enthusiasts.

Richard Gough, Author, Historian.

If you don’t already have a working knowledge of modern nuclear submarine developments in the world’s most powerful navy, the book is worth reading for the final two chapters alone.

The Naval Review – reviewed by Richard Sharpe

A tremendously interesting and useful book. A guide from which to start in our investigations.

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Miniaturas JM

This latest title from Images of War provides a detailed insight into the many US Navy submarine classes.

Ships Monthly, March 2020

A book filled with loads of pictures of sleek, silent deliverers of death, with a few words to bring the background to life. What's not to like?

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

The very popular Images Of War Series usually deals with a weapon, a battle, a campaign, a war, but this new addition to the Series produces a history of more than a century for one of the most important weapons systems of recent history. The author has produced a remarkably comprehensive history of submarines in US Navy service with some outstanding images. – Most Highly Recommended.

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Firetrench

One hundred and nineteen years of submarine activity and development is covered to perfection in Michael Green's brilliant history of the USA's underwater exploits.

Books Monthly

Submariners are a special breed. This little tome presents a series of fascinating photographs from wartime archives as it chronicles the submarine’s development from the Holland VI, taken into service in 1900, to the nuclear-powered vessels of today. As well as the weaponry and physical construction of the various classes of submarine, the images document the challenges of life on board, especially in the early days. One Second World War class however boasted the luxury of a washing machine, unheard of in any other navy at the time!

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Julian Stockwin Blog

This is an excellent title that contains many colour images as well as black and white illustrations. This book should appeal widely to maritime scale modellers and contains unique insights into all the submarines that operated with the US Navy from the very beginning right up to the present day.

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Scale Modelling Now

Seeing the size differential between the large nuclear missile boats and the smaller Attack boats make for some interesting comparisons. Another excellent book in the Images of War from author Michael Green.

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About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, US Navy Submarines, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War , Axis AFVs of WW2, US Military Helicopters and United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018.


He lives in California.

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