Containing many submarine plans, photographs and profiles to illustrate every aspect of submarine design and operation, this text provides the background to the story of constant development and improvement at the heart of German submarine warfare over two world wars. German U-boats came close to winning World War I in 1917 and managed to repeat this performance in World War II. Yet, as Eberhard Rossler reveals, Germany was a late-comer to submarine construction and only embarked on the U-boat programme a few years before 1914. German designers were able to benefit from the hard-won experience of other navies. German industry could provide first-class diesel engines and reliable electrical components, so it was not long before German yards were completing submarines equal if not superior to any in the world.;Technical history remains the poor relation of history. But the rise and fall of the U-boat arm in two world wars cannot be explained without understanding the "hardware" of this unique conflict. This is a comprehensive technical history of the U-boat fleet. The mainly dark green paper dust jacket is clean and free from damage apart from slight curling at the top and bottom edges. The price has been clipped. The front carries the author and title in black and red print over monochrome photographs of submarine scenes. The spine carries the brief title, author and publisher's trademark in white and red print. The back carries a summary of the book in white print. The dark green fold-ins carry a second summary of the book at the front and a list of related books issued by the publisher at the back. The plain light grey cloth full covers are clean and free from damage. The spine carries the brief title, author and publisher's trademark in gold print. The binding is tight and all pages appear to be clean and free from damage apart from the free front end-paper where the upper corner has been cut away with a circular cut.
The U-boat; The Evolution and Technical History of German Submarines.
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