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Silent Warriors Vol 1: Submarine Wrecks of the United Kingdom England's East Coast: Submarine Wrecks of the British Isles - England's East Coast to Kent Paperback – 30 Jun 2003
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As the full title of the book shows, this is the first part of the story of those submarines which failed to make it home and remain on the seabed in British waters - covering the East coast of England from Northumberland to Kent.
I began by reading both forewords (yes, there are two!) which give completely different viewpoints, yet both add a great deal to the expectation of what is to follow within the book itself. I was never disappointed. As the technology to find new shipwrecks on the seabed - and to reach those shipwrecks once found!, 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. This book goes a long way towards bringing those two disciplines closer together.
The book itself is extremely well laid out. The authors begin with some much-needed explanatory notes on naval terms and ranks - both British and German. From then on we are taken, literally, on a submarine journey all the way down England's eastern coastline. Along the way we pause to discover wreck after wreck covered in splendid detail - with everything written in the most readable style to make this a book which becomes harder to put down as you look at your watch and decide to read about "just one more.Read more ›
by Ron Young and Pamela Armstrong
This book covers all submarine losses off the coasts of North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Anglia, Kent and the South East.
It is a real eye-opener, especially with regard to the vast amount of detail given for U-boats of the First World War, and the terrible conditions endured by all who went to sea in that era.
During WW1 the North Sea and the English Channel were heavily mined by both the British and the Germans. No submariner of either side could ignore the ever-present danger posed by these unseen weapons, silently waiting for someone to blunder into them, and no amount of skilled seamanship could be applied to avoid them indefinitely.
Of the 56 submarines included, 40 are German, and 16 British.
Forty-seven were First World War losses, seven from WW2, and two the result of peacetime collision accidents.
All of the German losses were the result of enemy action of one sort or another, (mostly British mines), while only four of the British losses were due to that cause - (striking German mines). The others were lost through collisions, or inadvertently sunk by British mines. One was sunk by "friendly fire", and one ran aground.
The research that has gone into this book has obviously been meticulous in the extreme.
The amount of detail given about each of the lost submarines is unprecedented. It includes not only technical details of the boats and descriptions of the events leading to the loss of the boat, with, in many cases, statements by survivors, or witnesses, as evidence, but also a history of each submarine, along with the names of every crew member.Read more ›
Once the coast of Britain is finished let's move on to the Mediterranean - Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is Vol. 1 In the set of three and I have them all now. Very well done documentation of German submarine losses in WW1
If you are a WW1 reader this is a must have set.
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