By Richard Humble
Step within an international conflict submarine and detect for your self what it used to be wish to stay and paintings underneath the sea waves. terrific cutaway illustrations supply a brilliant and intimate perception into each element of submarine life.
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By 1943, submarines were being fitted with at least one rapid firing small caliber 2. World War I veteran: the British 3 inch gun. 3. In 1943 added a the gun for anti-aircraft defense. Germans quadruple often jokingly called the 20-mm anti-aircraft 'anti-Zeppelin gun'. to their new U-boats. gun TORPEDO AND GUN 35 Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-43 1 . Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat, which U-boats came to dread. Allied aircraft saved many merchant ships merely by forcing CJ-boats to stay submerged.
Vents, valves on top of the ballast tanks, opened to flood the tanks for diving, shut to blow the tanks full of air for surfacing. for officers and accustomed to ship before sailing on their first war Working-up, the time given crewmen their new hull. Scuttling, the sinking of a ship by Trim, a submerged submarine's state of balance. to become fully patrol. GLOSSARY 47 8 Index numbers Note: page bold refer in to illustrations. Al Ha 42, 42 'Alfa' class, 40 early submarines 6-7 motors electric anti-aircraft guns 33, 35, 35 engineers 15 Argonaut 6 escort groups 6, 8, 15, Lake, 29 36 12,46 Battle of the Atlantic 36-7, 44 37 food 22, 27 fore ends 1 38 midget submarines 42, 42-3 midships section 16-17, 16-17 minelayers 8, 8 T class 13, Fulton, Robert 6, N 45 35 9, surfacing 28, 31 survivors flying boats 36, 36, 29 Surcouf9, 22-3 M B ballast tanks 10, 11, Simon 6 limpets 47 living quarters 18, 19, Asdic 26, 38, 46 batteries 8, 27, soda lime 27, 47 sonar 17, 26, 47 Storm 12 Tauchretter Bauer, Wilhelm 45 13, 29, 33 28 Thetis 18 Nautilus 6, 7 midget submarines 43 'Black Gap' 36, 37 Bold 26, 46 Bourne, William 45 bow caps 18, 33, 46 Garret, bridge 17 'Gato' class 9, 9.
1917 British 'K-ship' submarines launched, powered by steam turbines with a surfaced speed of 24 knots - the fastest submarines until nuclear submarines were invented. ' 1901 Caged mice became pampered pets on board 'Holland' submarines, where they were kept to warn the crew when the air grew poisonous. The navy allotted the huge sum of one shilling per mouse per day for food and it was said the mice were usually too full of rum and grain to care if the air grew foul. I I I 1 1941-45 American submarines, though representing only 2% of American naval strength in the Pacific Ocean, sank 240 Japanese warships and 2,200 Japanese merchant ships - over 91% of Japan's prewar merchant shipping fleet.
A World War Two Submarine by Richard Humble