U-boat Tactics in World War II

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U-boat Tactics in World War II

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Osprey's elite title on Germany's U-Boat tactics during World War II (1939-1945). At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. But it was not just the technology that had to change. German U-boat tactics evolved over time. Used in a variety of roles, from coastal patrolling through to the combined actions of convey-hunting 'wolf packs', the tactics used by U-Boats were diverse. This book analyses how the U-boats dominated the seas thanks to their innovative and daring tactical deployment, and how the cracking of the Enigma code effectively hamstrung them, greatly reducing their impact, a problem that even their advanced tactics failed to solve.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Convoy Night Attacks /Surface Attacks with Deck Guns /Basic Rules for Interception of Enemy Merchant Ships /Solo Missions /Wolf Pack attacks /Patrol Lines /Combined Attacks /Bachstelze /U-Boats as Mother Ships /Special Weapons and Equipment /Defensive Equipment and Tactics /Defensive Tactics

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Published Oct 19 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849081733
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 183
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gordon Williamson

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