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Submarine: An Anthology of First-Hand Accounts of the War Under the Sea, 1939-1945

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This book is a testament to the courage, tenacity, initiative and humour of the many thousands of Second World War submariners who served their countries, often in the most difficult and extraordinary circumstances. It allows men of all ranks and nationalities to tell their stories in their own words. Their accounts are expertly woven together by Jean Hood with additional references in the form of patrol reports, diary entries and letters. Some of these first-hand accounts come from post-war autobiographies but many have been gained during interviews and correspondence with veterans themselves. Their underwater world is brought vividly to life, from the monotony of patrol work to the adrenalin rush of an attack, and from the deathly stillness of trying to avoid Asdic detection to the drama of escaping a doomed boat. We can share their differing memories of food and drink and the common problems of sleeping conditions and capricious toilet arrangements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844860463
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

An All-Round Look 17

A Service unlike any other 17

Confronting fear 27

Captain in the Control Room 33

There but for the Grace ... 41

Operating the Second World War Submarine 42

Engines and Electrics 44

Trimming and Watchkeeping 46

Action Stations 50

Jacks of all Trades 55

Special Operations 58

Hide and Seek 60

What's in a Name 62

Life On or Under the Ocean Waves 63

The Floating Restaurant 68

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness ... But not in a Submarine 79

Passing Time 85

Pets and Pests 93

The Wrong Place to be Ill 97

Every Man's Hand Against You 103

Depth Charges 104

Mines 105

Torpedoes, Ammunition and Other Defects 106

Ramming 111

Spares and Repairs 115

Mistaken Identity 120

Weather 122

1939 129

North Sea, Baltic and Atlantic 131

Far East 150

1940 154

North Sea, Baltic and Arctic 157

Channel and Atlantic 166

Mediterranean 170

1941 183

Atlantic 185

North Sea, Baltic and Arctic 202

Mediterranean 210

Far East / Indian Ocean 227

1942 234

Atlantic 236

North Sea, Baltic and Arctic 251

Mediterranean 257

Indian Ocean and Pacific 280

1943 291

Atlantic 293

North Sea, Baltic and Arctic 306

Mediterranean 316

Far East 336

1944 358

Atlantic 359

North Sea, Baltic and Arctic 363

Mediterranean 367

Indian Ocean 378

Pacific 391

1945 404

Atlantic 404

North Sea, Baltic and Arctic 406

Indian Ocean and Pacific 415

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