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By George Franklin

Britain's Anti-Submarine strength, 1919-1939 is the 1st unified learn of the advance of Britain's anti-submarine power among the armistice in 1919 and the onset of the second one global German submarine assault on Britain's maritime exchange in 1939. good researched and but accessibly written, this booklet demanding situations the common trust that the Royal army did not expect the specter of the U-boat within the moment global struggle.

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23 The authors of this report went on to say that there was little likelihood of a major German submarine menace developing in the near future. British intelligence agencies were in receipt of reliable information about German submarine construction almost as soon as the effort started. 25 Although other sources remain obscure, files do survive that indicate that German efforts to hide their U-boat developments substantially failed, and in the light of this it seems odd that the CID should be talking of ‘no serious indication of German Naval construction’.

Figure 2: Employment of Specialist A/S Officers, and Total Personnel Strength of the Navy The introduction of the submarine anti-submarine specialist in 1927, a man who unlike most submariners would spend his career switching between submarines and general service, must have been a most useful development. 39 Copyright © 2003 George Franklin BRITAIN’S ANTI-SUBMARINE CAPABILITY, 1919–1939 When serving in submarine appointments he could advise the submariners on surface ship tactics, as well as on the use of asdic for submarine-versussubmarine engagements, and when he returned to Portland or the fleets he was ideally suited to counter the latest submarine tactics.

For the first few years no qualified antisubmarine officer was senior enough to be part of the Staff decision process, so their corner was fought by torpedo specialists, but as time progressed qualified anti-submarine men entered the debates. In the normal course of things the anti-submarine man would have lobbied for greater and greater provision for his discipline, but what actually happened was that, having as they did to fight the more senior branches for influence, A/S specialists tended to emphasise the effectiveness of their equipment.

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