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War beneath the sea : submarine conflict during World War II

Author: Peter Padfield
Publisher: New York : John Wiley, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author has written a riveting chronicle of submarine warfare. It is the first book to cover all the major submarine campaigns of the war, describing, in detail, the operations of the British, American, Japanese, Italian, and German submarine and antisubmarine forces. Beginning with a vivid re-creation of the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia by a German U-boat in September 1939, Padfield's compelling  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Padfield
ISBN: 0471146242 9780471146247
OCLC Number: 187461466
Description: xi, 560 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Illustrations --
Preface --
Abbreviations --
Maps --
Prelude --
Submarines and Submariners --
Towards the Second World War --
War --
Wolfpacks --
Mediterranean Centre --
America at War --
The Turn of Fortune --
Crisis for the U-boats --
Victory in the Pacific --
The End --
Chronology --
Appendices --
References and Notes --
Bibliography --
Select Index.
Responsibility: Peter Padfield.

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The author has written a riveting chronicle of submarine warfare. It is the first book to cover all the major submarine campaigns of the war, describing, in detail, the operations of the British, American, Japanese, Italian, and German submarine and antisubmarine forces. Beginning with a vivid re-creation of the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia by a German U-boat in September 1939, Padfield's compelling narrative casts an unflinching eye on the devastating consequences of maritime warfare. The often harrowing encounters unfold with urgency and power, balanced by a master historian's keen sense of objectivity and perspective. The sumariners belonged to an elite corps, young men attracted by new technology, less formal discipline, and prospects of early promotion. For crew members, life aboard a sub was both an emotional and a physical challenge. The extraordinary hardships they endured--as well as their courage--come across with tremendous force.

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