Submarines

An Illustrated History of Their Impact (Weapons and Warfare)

By Fontenoy, Paul & Tucker, Spencer A.

Publishers Summary:
From the steam-powered models introduced in World War I to today's nuclear-powered, multiweaponed technological wonders, submarines have revolutionized warfare on the world's seas. This volume follows the extraordinary development of this key component of the world's navies. Seemingly invisible submarines have exerted enormous influence on naval warfare since the early 1900s. Today, they are a mainstay of world navies large and small, an economically efficient weapon system whose threat no fleet commander can ignore - and whose presence has sparked a continuing evolution in naval defenses and tactics. "Submarines: An Illustrated History of Their Impact" reveals how underwater warships evolved to become major threats to battle fleets and merchant shipping, as well as primary platforms for deterrent forces and crucial symbols of military power. In a series of chronological chapters, "Submarines" describes key developments in diving ability, underwater endurance, and weapons capabilities in specific periods, while highlighting strategic and operational innovations; the role of technological research; famous submarine events, battles, and commanders; and the impact of submarine services on naval society. The book also includes an illustrated reference section covering every submarine class worldwide since 1900. This coverage plus additional reference features make Submarines an essential introduction to a weapons system that has long held the public's imagination.

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ISBN
978-1-85109-563-6
Publisher
ABC-CLIO


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Reviewed on July 15, 2007

These two volumes make logical additions to the "Weapons and Warfare" series, written by expert military historians and focusing on major weapons systems. InSubmarines , Fontenoy (curator, North Carolina Maritime Museum;Aircraft Carriers ) describes the development of submarines within the context of technology, tactical and strategic doctrine, and political impact. He illustrates the influence of submarines on naval command structures and the consequences of their development on strategic, military, and political decisions during the last 90 years. The bulk of the work is made up of a section with detail...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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