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Book and wrapper condition:

A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine - Condition is VERY GOOD PLUS - would be better but the bottom corner of the back board is very lightly bumped. Wrapper is unclipped and condition is also VERY GOOD PLUS with some slight edge wear.

182 pages. 175 mm. x 250 mm. 15 mm.
Weight wrapped <750 grams.

£5.00 plus postage




First published in 1999 by Sutton Publishing Limited, Stroud, Yorkshire
Reprinted 2001

THE SUBMARINE PIONEERS by Richard Compton-Hall: A flash photograph intended to give an impression of the appearance and general condition of this book.ISBN 0 7509 2154 4

Jacket Blurbs:

THE SUBMARINE PIONEERS by Richard Compton-Hall

The origins of the submarine have hitherto been as murky and unfathomable as the depths they plumbed, yet the bizarre and unconventional notions and inventions suggested for underwater warfare between the sixteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century laid the foundations for the high-tech submarines of the late 1990s. Mistaken though many were, the early underwater pioneers were brave and resourceful men.

In the Edwardian era Britain still ruled the waves, although she eyed her European rivals with increasing caution. A particular reason for concern was the unwelcome arrival of submarine torpedo boats. Compared to stately battleships and cruisers, these newfangled submersibles were stunted, crude and ugly. More than that, they were seen to be unfair, underhand and 'damned un-English'! In the United States, too, there was little enthusiasm for the submarine service and its weaponry — so much so that it scarcely played any part in the First World. War and was subject to extremely serious weaponry malfunctions in the opening months of the Second, failures that were ominously foreshadowed in the very early days.THE SUBMARINE PIONEERS by Richard Compton-Hall: A scanned image of the jacket’s front.

Richard Compton-Hall has combined meticulous research with his own experience as a submariner to provide an illuminating insight into the inventions and motivations of the early submarine pioneers. This unique study explodes a number of popular myths, such as the claim that David Bushnell's one-man Turtle chased the British fleet out of New York Harbour in 1776. The truth about underwater exploration, however, is stranger than the fiction — not least because of its secrets and brotherhoods, duplicity and deception, determination and despair, frequent failure and rare triumph.

So who, then, was the real father of the modern submarine? His name was John Holland — an Irish nationalist, funded in the USA by predecessors of the IRA and NorAid, whose intention it was to subdue the Royal Navy. The ultimate irony is that the Royal Navy eventually bought the brilliant Irish-American's design which formed the blueprint for today's nuclear leviathans.

Illustrated with a comprehensive selection of line drawings, contemporary prints and photographs, The Submarine Pioneers is altogether intriguing, often hair-raising, sometimes hilarious and occasionally tragic, while pointing unmistakably to the awesome way ahead beneath the waves.

THE SUBMARINE PIONEERS by Richard Compton-Hall: A scanned image of the spine area of the dust wrapper.



THE SUBMARINE PIONEERS by Richard Compton-Hall: A scanned image of this book's spine intended to give an impression of the appearance and general condition of this book.



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