Padfield, Peter War Beneath the Sea

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War Beneath the Sea

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This is the first book to cover all submarine and anti-submarine operations of the major powers, U.S., British, German, Japanese and Italian in the Second World War. The canvas is broad and deep, from the strategic perspective at the top to the cramped and claustrophobic life of the crews in their submersible steel tubes; from the feats of ‘ace’ commanders to the terrifying experiences of men under attack in this most pitiless form of warfare.

Peter Padfield describes the technical and tactical measures by which the Western Allies countered Admiral Karl Dönitz’s U-boat ‘pack’ attacks in the all-important North Atlantic battle; the fanatical zeal with which, even after defeat, Dönitz continued sacrificing his young crews in outmoded boats, dubbed by one veteran ‘iron coffins’; while in the Pacific the superiority of American fleet submarines and radar allowed the U.S. to isolate Japan from her overseas sources of supply.

Padfield argues that if this strategic potential had been realised earlier it could have saved thousands of lives in the bloody Pacific island campaigns, and even rendered the use of atomic bombs unnecessary.

‘Peter Padfield is the best British naval historian of his generation...His book...will now become the standard work on the subject.’
John Keegan, The Daily Telegraph

‘This looks set to become the definitive work on submarine warfare in the Second World War...’
Paul Hoxton, Military Illustrated

‘By far the best and most complete critical history of the submarine operations of all the combatants in the Second World War, at the same time providing vivid narrative accounts of particular actions...’
Alan Cameron, Lloyd’s List

‘Peter Padfield has written a superb history of a complex and controversial subject. It is a valuable addition to our body of history of World War II, and I recommend it highly.’
Vice Admiral James F. Calvert USN Rtd., U.S.N.I Proceedings

‘This monument to the submarine arms of the major belligerents tells the story of their triumphs and tragedies and comes from one of our ablest naval historians...’
Graham Rhys-Jones, R.U.S.I.Journal

‘...the book is very well written and enjoyable to read. The facts and statistics are mixed with well penned character studies and fast-moving descriptive narrative in a way that confirms the author’s stature as a leading military historian...’
The Naval Review

‘...a near flawless work of history that can be recommended both as a serious study and a compelling read.’
The Officer Magazine

‘Probably one of the most valuable books ever written on submarine operations and countermeasures for World War II history...in the ‘Bravo’ category.’
Canadian Military History Book Review Supplement

‘Padfield keeps an unwavering balance between providing the depth of history and maintaining an exciting narrative.’
The Times

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""I am truly filled with awe and admiration...fascinating and a great contribution to the entire lore of submarines.... I wish I had written the book."" --Capt. Edward L. Beach, USN (Ret.) author of "Run Silent, Run Deep"

""Peter Padfield is the best British naval historian of his generation now working. [His] book...will now become the standard work on the subject."" --"Daily Telegraph" (London)

""Peter Padfield has produced by far the best and most complete critical history of the submarine operations of all the combatants in the Second World War, at the same time providing vivid narrative accounts of particular actions and events."" --Lloyd's List (London)

""An excellent account of submarine warfare in 1939-45... [it] recreates the tribulations and horrors of that especially brutal form of warfare within a sturdily analytical and often critical framework."" --"The Economist"

""[A] marvelously complete and detailed study of World War II submarine warfare...an interesting, serious, and timely book."" "--Houston Chronicle"

""A brilliant submarine warfare study.""" --Military Review"

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Critically acclaimed military historian Peter Padfield has created the definitive account of one of the most turbulent--and crucial--chapters of World War II. Sweeping from the frigid waters of the North Atlantic to the steaming South Pacific, War Beneath the Sea is a riveting chronicle of submarine warfare. It is the first book to cover all the major submarine campaigns of the war, describing, in detail, the operations of the British, American, Japanese, Italian, and German submarine and anti-submarine forces.

Beginning with a vivid re-creation of the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia by a German U-boat in September 1939, Padfield's compelling narrative casts an unflinching eye on the devastating consequences of maritime warfare. The often harrowing encounters unfold with urgency and power, balanced by a master historian's keen sense of objectivity and perspective.

The submariners belonged to an elite corps, young men attracted by new technology, less formal discipline, and prospects of early promotion. For crew members, life aboard a sub was both an emotional and a physical challenge. The extraordinary hardships they endured--as well as their courage--come across with tremendous force.

Exploring the full spectrum of the submarine and antisubmarine warfare experience, this brilliantly detailed account pulls no punches. Facts and figures that stagger the imagination (e.g., between 1939 and 1945, 40,000 men were trained for U-boat service--30,000 perished) are revealed in starkly human terms. Here is the shocking truth behind the failure of U.S. torpedo missions during the war's early years, along with startling accounts of the shooting of defenseless warriors in the water. Here, too, is new information about the capture of the famed Enigma cipher machine (including previously unpublished photographs), and its impact on the war effort. Until this decisive moment, Britain stood within a hairbreadth of defeat by Germany.

Disturbing questions abound: Did the inflexible attitudes of the Japanese and American military leaders prolong the war in the Pacific? Could the war have been ended before Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Padfield addresses these controversial issues with candor and insight. The result is not only an impressive achievement, but a milestone work in the history of the twentieth century.
Praise for "War Beneath the Sea"
""I am truly filled with awe and admiration...fascinating and a great contribution to the entire lore of submarines.... I wish I had written the book."" --Capt. Edward L. Beach, USN (Ret.) author of "Run Silent, Run Deep"

""Peter Padfield is the best British naval historian of his generation now working. [His] book...will now become the standard work on the subject."" --"Daily Telegraph" (London)

""Peter Padfield has produced by far the best and most complete critical history of the submarine operations of all the combatants in the Second World War, at the same time providing vivid narrative accounts of particular actions and events."" --Lloyd's List (London)

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