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4.0 out of 5 stars A subject fully explained.
Being a shipwreck historian (it’s what I do!), I often marvel at the stories of sheer heroism portrayed by those brave men who went to war in midget submarines. Whereas the exploits of the Italians who attacked Gibraltar harbour and the British X-Craft which placed explosive charges beneath the Tirpitz are well-known, other, equally perilous operations are not. When...
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3.0 out of 5 stars reasonable
Whilst i did enjoy this it do not think it is up to the best in the series. Nevertheless still value for money
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4.0 out of 5 stars A subject fully explained., 20 Jun 2014
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Axis Midget Submarines (New Vanguard 212) (Paperback)
Being a shipwreck historian (it’s what I do!), I often marvel at the stories of sheer heroism portrayed by those brave men who went to war in midget submarines. Whereas the exploits of the Italians who attacked Gibraltar harbour and the British X-Craft which placed explosive charges beneath the Tirpitz are well-known, other, equally perilous operations are not. When US Forces took possession of the Kure dockyard in 1945, for example, they discovered a dry-dock containing just over 100 Japanese ‘D Boats’ in various stages of completion.

Over a number of years, Osprey Publishing have produced a whole series of books in which various aspects of specific battles, weapons, vehicles, equipment, clothing, boats, ships and so forth are all fully explained. I have found these books to be both accurate and informative and this is no exception. It also teaches a great deal about the midget submarines operated by Axis forces during WW2.

Commencing with a brief Introduction which includes the ‘origin’ of the concept of the miniature submarine, the book tackles the various designs and innovations in the order of; Italy, Germany and Japan. Under each of these headings we find the different histories which were formed by very different policies and doctrines which dominated their respective naval thinking. What is, perhaps, the most interesting element is how differently each of these navies viewed the potential of such weapons. Italy regarded itself as being well placed and well equipped to attack British shipping at harbour in the Mediterranean. Germany, however, favoured the larger U Boat and only came to consider miniature versions after the tide of war had turned against them. Japan, on the other and, saw the midget submarine as the underwater version of the Kamikaze pilot - and even produced some remarkable designs intended for use against enemy capital ships during fleet engagements…

Personally, I was a little surprised at how much more there was to the subject than I had previously appreciated and, therefore, pleased with the additional detail provided.

Fully illustrated with plenty of historic photographs, the work is also particularly well supported with artistic profiles of most, if not all, the various types of craft in addition to cutaway sections. I also enjoyed the artistic view of a midget submariner (or should that be a midget-submarine submariner?) at work beneath capital ship. Altogether, a job well done and a book which is easy to recommend.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading about the courage and dedication of the men ..., 31 July 2014
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I really enjoyed reading about the courage and dedication of the men who crewed these tiny submarines, some of which were little more than death traps. This book is well written and any technical aspects clearly explained - Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars axis midget subs, 18 July 2014
Exellent quality. Typical osprey high standards. Covers the subject in a consise way. Illustrations are excellent. On the whole a great introduction to the subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars reasonable, 21 July 2014
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Whilst i did enjoy this it do not think it is up to the best in the series. Nevertheless still value for money
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