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A disparate view of different theatres,
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This review is from: British Submarines at War, 1939-45 (Hardcover)
This book tries to cover the whole specturum of British Submarine activity during WW2 and I'm afraid to say, has some major gaps. From reading it, it would seem that Mars was hampered by a word limit and in so doing, loses much of its initial promise.
The main failing of the book, as far as I am concerned, is in the Far Eastern operations against the Japanese - there is merely one chapter right at the end to cover this. Mars apologises for this in the book itself but it still leaves a vast and hugely exciting story largely untold. I feel that Mars' ramblings at the end of the book about 'current' threats (being written in 1971, this meant the USSR) would have been better served in turning these pages over to the Far Easter operations of WW2. I just connot see the worth in clogging the book up with such thoughts, when that is not the reason I purchased it!
The book itself does try to cover everything and as such, it can be hard work at times. Stick with it though and the results are there - your knowledge of the use of British Submarines at a strategic level will increase vastly. The stories themselves are there but are also linked in with tonnage sunk and domestic submarine construction targets - it leaves you with a fairly rounded, if slightly 'dry' picture.