U-boat Tactics in World War II

U-boat Tactics in World War II

by Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer
     
 

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Osprey's elite title on Germany's U-Boat tactics during World War II (1939-1945). At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. But it was not just the technology

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Osprey's elite title on Germany's U-Boat tactics during World War II (1939-1945). At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. But it was not just the technology that had to change. German U-boat tactics evolved over time. Used in a variety of roles, from coastal patrolling through to the combined actions of convey-hunting 'wolf packs', the tactics used by U-Boats were diverse. This book analyses how the U-boats dominated the seas thanks to their innovative and daring tactical deployment, and how the cracking of the Enigma code effectively hamstrung them, greatly reducing their impact, a problem that even their advanced tactics failed to solve.

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"In his book, author Gordon Williamson has a look at how submarines operated at various stages of the war. There are sections on associated equipment, offensive and defensive weapons/equipment, and various defensive tactics used. This latter was more and more important as the war went against the German submarine fleet. All of this is illustrated by a goodly selection of period photographs and that artwork of Ian Palmer, who shows some very well done charts of how both the submarines and Allied shipping dealt with the submarine war. It makes for a book I found quite engrossing and one that I can easily recommend to you." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2010)

"...this book will give [readers] an understanding of why some boats were more successful than others and why the war was ultimately lost."
- Glen Porter, www.hyperscale.com (February 2011)

"...provides a fine, narrowed history of u-boat tactics that uses wartime source material documents and manuals to explain operational tactics used by German subs during the war. Any collection strong in military strategy will consider this a key survey."
- The Midwest Book Review

"This well-illustrated monograph describes the variety of tactics used by the Kreigsmarine’s submarine force to attack Allied convoys and warships in the Atlantic campaign that did more to threaten Great Britain’s survival than any other threat during the war. The author researched German documents and manuals to describe deck-gun and torpedo attacks, wolfpack tactics, cooperative operations with aircraft, anti-aircraft defense and the use of tethered unpowered gyrocopters for target spotting. He also details some of the technology — armor, anechoic coating, flak guns, homing torpedoes — that enhanced and changed the tactics as the war progressed."    -Seapower (June 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849081733
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Series:
Elite Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
895,601
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)

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