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For centuries people dreamed of navigating under the sea, but it was not until the beginning of the twentieth century that inventors succeeded in developing practical submarines. With the coming of World War I, nations saw something entirely new in war: the deadly effectiveness of underwater craft, with German U-boats threatening to starve Britain and bringing the United States into the war, thus proving underwater battles more important than the great battles fought on land. A generation later U-boats repeated the struggle in the Atlantic, while in the Pacific U.S. submarines literally put Japan out of business. Then in the nuclear age, the true submarine became the most powerful weapon of war ever createdthe weapon that paradoxically kept the peace.
Now, military historian Thomas Parrish tells the story of those who first dreamed of underwater ships; of the practical and ingenious inventors and engineers who created and developed the submarine; of visionary naval strategists; of famous skippers on all sidessteel-nerved men like Americas Dick OKane, Germanys Reinhard Hardegenwho wielded this weapon; of the famous and infamous deeds of boats like the U-20, the Wahoo, and the nuclear-powered Nautilus and George Washington; and of the tragedies that befell boats like the American Thresher and the Russian Kursk. Parrishs compelling narrative blends strategy, high policy, technology, heroism, and perilous adventure.
Parrish's compelling narrative about the history of underwater ships blends strategy, high policy, technology, heroism, and perilous adventure.
About the Author
Thomas Parrish is the author of a number of highly respected books on twentieth-century history, including Berlin in the Balance, The Cold War Encyclopedia, The American Codebreakers, and Roosevelt and Marshall: Partners in Politics and War. He also created and edited the acclaimed Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II and the six-volume Men and Battle series.
Table of Contents
List of Maps xv
Chapter 1: The Peripatetic Coffin 3
The Underwater Pioneers
Chapter 2: Dreamers and Some Doers 9
Chapter 3: The Dream Realized: Holland and Lake 23
The Great War: The U-Boats and Mr. Wilson
Chapter 4: Those Damned Englanders 45
Chapter 5: The Dreaded Little Submarine 57
Chapter 6: Blockades for a New War 67
Chapter 7: My God, Its the Lusitania! 82
Chapter 8: A President Too Proud 94
Chapter 9: From Folkestone to Dieppe 105
Chapter 10: In the Med 113
Chapter 11: The Cursed Crowd 123
Chapter 12: The Fight for Sea Shepherds 139
Chapter 13: Ideas, Methods, and Triumph 150
From War to War
Chapter 14: Boats and Builders I 165
Chapter 15: Arms and the Nations 171
Chapter 16: Boats and Builders II 178
World War II: The Struggle for the Atlantic
Chapter 17: Lieutenant Lemps Great Decision 195
Chapter 18: U-Boats in Trouble 207
Chapter 19: Atlantic Raiders: The Happy Time 220
Chapter 20: Déj