As was the case in World War II, one of the greatest threats to Britain during World War I was the German U-boat menace. This book traces the development of the U-boat threat from the Brandtaucher, designed by Wilhelm Bauer, the father of the German submarine arm, in 1850, through to the commissioning of Germany's first U-boat to go into service, the U-1, in 1906. It then covers the main types of World War I U-boat, detailing the operational history of the U-boat service in depth, with a particular focus on the campaigns in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, as well as the slow build up of anti-submarine measures by the allies.
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Table of Contents
The kaiser's U-boats · The early developmental years · The larger U-boats · The U-Cruisers · Powerplants · Steering · Weapons · Optics and other equipment · Operational history · 1914 · 1915 · 1916 · 1917 · 1918 · Bibliography · Colour plate commentary · Index