Silent Warriors: Submarine Wrecks of the United Kingdom: 2 Paperback – Illustrated, 22 Jan. 2009
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With the details of those submarines which failed to make it home and are now located on the seabed in British waters, Vol. 1 covers the East Coast from Northumberland to Kent. Vol. 2; the South Coast, from Beachy Head to the Isles of Scilly and Vol. 3; North Cornwall to the Isle of Man.
As the technology to find new shipwrecks - and reach them!, continues to advance and improve, so the world of the ordinary scuba diver is being drawn more and more into the realms of historical research. These books go a long way towards bringing those two disciplines closer together.
Each volume is extremely well laid out - beginning with much-needed explanatory notes on naval terms and ranks - both British and German. From then on we are literally taken on an underwater journey along the designated coastline. At every juncture we pause to discover wreck after wreck covered in splendid detail and written in the most readable style making them all so hard to put down as we continually decide to read "just one more account."
With all the technical information coupled with an account of the loss of each vessel, this is a book from which expert and amateur, historian and diver, will all learn much that they did not previously know. In addition, each volume is extremely well illustrated with thoughtfully chosen selections of black and white historic photographs plus the occasional map and schematic drawing.
These books are an essential addition to the bookshelf of any Diver as well as those with a serious interest in British and German maritime history.
This latest book by Ron Young and Pam Armstrong is a veritable encyclopaedia of 58 submarine losses, and their activities off the south coast of England. The vast majority, of course, are WW1 and WW2 losses, but peacetime losses are also included.
The attention to detail is quite staggering, although I, for one, have come to accept this as normal from these two outstanding submarine historians.
Not only are the sinkings of 16 British submarines and 42 German U-boats described in great detail, but in many cases these authors also give some harrowing stories of the fates of their victims.
I cannot praise this book too highly. The authors are to be congratulated for their production of this valuable reference work.
It has whetted my appetite for the forthcoming volumes 3 and 4, which will complete the history of submarine losses around Britain.
The full set of four volumes will undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject.
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