Britain's Anti-submarine Capability 1919-1939 (Cass Series: by George Franklin

By George Franklin

Britain's Anti-Submarine strength, 1919-1939 is the 1st unified research of the improvement of Britain's anti-submarine potential among the armistice in 1919 and the onset of the second one global German submarine assault on Britain's maritime exchange in 1939. good researched and but accessibly written, this publication demanding situations the frequent trust that the Royal military didn't count on the specter of the U-boat within the moment global struggle.

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PRO CAB 4/22, CID 1113-B, 1933 annual review by the Chiefs of Staff Committee, pp. 6–7. PRO CAB 116/3603, Appointment of Additional Officers to HMS Osprey, D of TD paper dated Dec. 1931. 25 Copyright © 2003 George Franklin BRITAIN’S ANTI-SUBMARINE CAPABILITY, 1919–1939 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 For a discussion of Fleet tactics as applied to a Far East war, see ‘The Development of the Royal Navy’s Strategy and Tactics for a War in the Far East’, unpublished MPhil.

23 The authors of this report went on to say that there was little likelihood of a major German submarine menace developing in the near future. British intelligence agencies were in receipt of reliable information about German submarine construction almost as soon as the effort started. 25 Although other sources remain obscure, files do survive that indicate that German efforts to hide their U-boat developments substantially failed, and in the light of this it seems odd that the CID should be talking of ‘no serious indication of German Naval construction’.

It will be shown later in the book that the Royal Navy’s plans with respect to a German offensive revolved around a submarine attack in the narrow waters around Great Britain and in the Atlantic approaches north and south of Ireland. A sustained mid-Atlantic attack was not expected for the simple reason that the boats, according to the Admiralty plans, would be based in Germany, or at the limit in Belgium and Holland. The capture of the Biscay ports in June 1940, and their development as U-boat bases, fundamentally altered the geography of trade defence.

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