WW2 Submarine and Anti-Submarine books
WW2 Submarine and Anti-Submarine books
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HMS Wellington Escorting Convoy SL 118 August 1942, Recollections of Captain George Russell and details of the failed evacuation of 51st Highland Division from Saint Valéry-en-Caux in June 1940, and ¬¬¬the involvement of HMS Wellington in Operation Cycle.
John Wellham served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm during WW2. Piloting Fairy swordfish from HMS Eagle and HMS Illustrious he took part in the attacks on Bomba and Taranto, as well anti-U-boat patrols in the Atlantic and the Forgotten Fleet in the Pacific
This is a true story of the life of a young U-boat captain. It reveals the harsh cruelty and political intrigue that surrounded Hitler’s Reich and pinpoints the devious machinations of those Nazis who had infiltrated the power-base of the Kriegsmarine in 1944.  After his second operational voyage three of his officers accused him of treason resulting in a fiasco of a trial resulting in his death.
In Pigboat S-37 the author describes the pre-war life of her  crew and their families, the  outbreak of  the war, S-39's five war patrols in the Philippines, Dutch East Indies and  Solomon Islands, until her loss by grounding on a reef off the eastern top of  New Guinea in August 1942.
Professor Michael Sturma covers the submarine USS Flier’s WW2 service up to her sinking then continues with the exploits of the 8 survivors, who aided by coast watchers and guerrillas,  managed to escape from the Japanese held Philippines.
SIGNALMAN JONES by Tim Parker. Geoffrey Holder Jones patrolled the waters off Canada and Newfoundland before returning to Britain in 1944 and Tim Parker's book illuminates one of the great acheivements of the war - the beating of the U-boat blockade of the American coast by squadrons that were little more than a motley collections of armed trawlers and whalers.
Dark Sky, Deep Water by Norman Franks has numerous first-hand accounts from both sides in this book, accompanied by photos, give an insight into how Allied airmen and German submarines fought each other in the hostile skies above a deep cold sea. The conflict between aircraft and U-boat in the Second World War was a desperate one, fought nowhere near as fiercely as over the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic.
SWORDFISH PATROL by George E. Sadler: Swordfish Patrol is the story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot during the Second World War. After a lengthy period of pilot training in both the UK and Canada he was drafted to a Swordfish squadron.George Sadler was amongst the last group of airmen to go to war in an open cockpit, not far removed from the intrepid pilots of the First World War. But they saw no glamourous single combats over the Western Front, instead they spent long hours in below zero temperatures over the North Atlantic from HMS Nairana.
A SUBMARINER'S STORY: The Memoirs of a Submarine Engineer in Peace and in War by Joel C. E. Blamey. After six years in the Royal Navy, Joel Blamey was conscripted into Britain's submarine service in 1926, aged 22. He went on to serve an unprecedented twenty-eight years as a submariner, surviving both peacetime accidents and World War Two. At the age of fifty, Joe returned to general service.
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The scourge of Allied shipping during World War II, the U-Boot Waffe was one of the most feared components of Hitler’s war machine, yet the Kriegsmarine was the least political branch of the Third Reich.  Illustrated with many previously unpublished images, this book offers a fresh insight into the experiences of the men in Dönitz’s legendary ‘wolf packs’.
Dan van der Vat maintains in this book "The Atlantic Campaign" (1986) says "at this distance the 'Battle of the Atlantic' can more clearly be seen as a campaign of many battles spread over nearly six years of war." Churchill used the phrase 'Battle of the Atlantic' to describe the struggle over the Anglo-American lifeline in the Second World War. Click here for more details.
In 1939, on the outbreak of war he was already serving in submarines. Over the next six years he was rammed twice, sunk once and had hundreds of depth charges dropped around him. He gave more than he got! While in command of the Unity Class Submarine Ultor, mainly in the Mediterranean he and his crew accounted for an astonishing 20 enemy vessels sunk by torpedo and 8 by gunfire as well as damaging another 4 ships. His fifteenth mission was described by the Admiralty as 'unsurpassed in the Annals of the Mediterranean Submarine Flotillas'
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The History of the British ' U ' CLASS Submarine by Derek Walters: Originally designed in 1934 as a small simple submarine for anti-submarine training, the 'U' Class submarine's career turned out to be far more dramatic and valuable than that. On the onset of the War it was first adapted for patrolling home waters but, by the close of hostilities six years later, boats of the Class had served world-wide with seven different navies. Its contribution was never more successful than in the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean, where their operations were a major factor in the defeat of Rommel's Afrika Corps.