DUAL BOOK REVIEW: US Submarines 1900-35 and Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare

US Submarines 1900-35 by Jim Christley, Osprey Publishing, 2011.

Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare by Jan S. Breemer, Dept. of the Navy, 2010.

Reviewed by James-Joseph Ahern

Introduced into naval service at the start of the Twentieth-Century, the submarine presented the first threat to the century old concept of the battle fleet as being the primary source of control of the seas. Many naval officers looked down on these small, cramped and smelly boats as little more than coastal defense weapons that had no place in the fleet let alone as a threat to the ever growing behemoths at their center – the battleships. Yet in less than two decades the technological development of submarines on both sides of the Atlantic, along with the practical experience of their crews, had catapulted them into ocean going vessels that almost cost the United Kingdom World War I. Two new works that look at the submarine from a technological perspective as well as a strategic view are Jim Christley’s US Submarines, 1900-35, and Jan S. Breemer’s Defeating the U-boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare.

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