Some naval reading available where I have 2 copies in my library. Time to grab something for lockdown!
I've split them up into grouped themes. From a smoke and pet-free home.
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1. Submarines of World War Two 1st-edition by Ermino Bagnasco (1977) HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library. Arms & Armour Press. ISBN: 085368331X This book provided for the first time in one fully-illustrated volume, accurate and comprehensive details of the 2,500 submarines of all nations that accounted for the sinking of more than 23 million tons of merchant shipping between 1939 and 1945. With over 500 photographs and line drawings, it presents an unrivaled encyclopedia of one of the great decisive weapons of the twentieth century. £10 GBP
2. The Underwater War 1930-1945 by Richard Compton-Hall. (1982) HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library. Previous owners book sticker inside. ISBN: 0713711310. An authoritative look at submarines during World War Two. Nearly all the material is drawn from original sources and life on operational duty is described in detail. Emphasis is placed on the impact of submarines in all theatres of war including the American campaign against the Japanese, the role of the British Submarine in the allied victory in North Africa and the success of British and Italian midget submarines and human torpedoes. £5 GBP
3. Aircraft Versus Submarine in Two World Wars by Dr Alfred Price (2004) HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library and as new with just a signature of an ex-Fleet Air Arm TAG to the 1st blank page who was the 1st owner before me as I bought a lot of his Fleet Air Arm books from Rutland, England. Pen & Sword. ISBN: 1844150917 £5 GBP
4. Destination Dardanelles: The Story of HMS E7 By Michael Wilson (1988) HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library, 193pp with 12 photos. Leo Cooper 1st-edition. Early RN submarine operations from the outbreak of war in 1914, when the first tentative missions testing this largely untried weapon were being mounted, are the subject of this book. It is based largely on the previously unpublished diaries of Lieutenant Oswald Hallifax who served in the unreliable and flimsy early subs in the North Sea, the Mediterranean and the Dardanelles, where some amazing and heroic submarine operations occurred. The narrative includes a general overview of WWI, with the emphasis on submarines and the men who sailed in them. ISBN: 0850528852 £5 GBP
5. The Silent Service: The Inside Story of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Heroes (2001) 1st-edition. By John Parker HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library but pages browning with age. One of the great untold stories of the British services is that of the Royal Navy Submarine Service which entered the fray of World War I with 100 underwater craft. Through World War II, where submariners' prospects of returning safely from a mission were only 50:50, the Falklands conflict and the sinking of the Belgrano, to modern-day elite machines, the Silent Service has played an enormous part in British defence. The author's in-depth investigation is very much personality led with diaries from the early part of the century to substantial first-person testimony from survivors of wartime heroics (when many VCs were won). ISBN: 0747237921 £2 GBP
6. Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence By Allan Harris Bath (1998) University Press of Kansas 1st-edition. HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket but several edge tears and wear n tare. Ex-library copy with stamp, but no underlining and text block looks sound. No missing pages.
The 1942-43 naval campaign against German U-boats known as the Battle of the Atlantic was a major victory not only for Allied warships but also for naval intelligence. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of submarine tracking rooms in London, Washington, and Ottawa, the antisubmarine forces' search-and-destroy missions helped preserve the safety of the seaways.
Naval intelligence has been an aspect of World War II that has received scant attention. Now former naval intelligence officer Alan Harris Bath traces the coordination of Anglo-American efforts before and during the war, identifying the political, military, technological, and human factors that aided and sometimes hindered cooperation. He compares the two nations' different and often conflicting styles of intelligence gathering and reveals ways in which inter-agency and inter-service rivalries complicated an already complex process.
Drawing on archives in the U.S., U.K., and British Commonwealth, Bath describes how cooperation took place at all levels of decision-making, in all theaters of war, and at all points in the intelligence cycle, from gathering through analysis to dissemination. He tells how the U.S. learned from Britain's longer experience in the war and how intelligence cooperation was always subordinated to Anglo-American political relations-and how in the final months of fighting intelligence cooperation was impeded by the governments' post-war agendas.
Although victory in the Atlantic was the capstone of this cooperative endeavor, Bath also describes how intelligence relationships fared in the South Pacific, not only between the forces of Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur but also with those of Australia and New Zealand. Throughout the book, he emphasizes the contributions of Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian naval intelligence to this cooperative effort.
As the first in-depth study of the nature, evolution, and impact of information sharing by Allied navies, Tracking the Axis Enemy is essential reading for historians and buffs alike. By showing how the Anglo-American political and cultural bonds shaped intelligence operations and how those operations shaped campaigns, it contributes a new perspective on the Allied victory. ISBN: 0700609172 £5 GBP
7. Defeat of the Wolf Packs By Geoffrey Jones (1987) 1st US edition. Presidio Press. HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket with minor edge-wear. Not ex-library and very good condition. The author served onboard HMS Bulawayo which was formerly the German supply ship Nordmark which resupplied Deutschland, Admiral Scheer, Tirpitz and Scharnhorst as well as many U-Boats. This one of his many books on the Battle of the Atlantic describes the technology and strategies that enabled American and British antisubmarine forces to defeat the Nazi U-boats during 1943 and 1944. 223pp with photo’s. ISBN: 0891413146 £6 GBP
8. British Submarines at War 1939-1945 (1980) William Kimber, London. 2nd impression. By Alastair Mars D.S.O., D.S.C. and bar ex-RN WW2 Submarine Captain. HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket with very minor edge-wear. Not ex-library and very good condition for a 40-year old book. The long and bloody campaign of the British Submarine force in WWII, from the Arctic to the Pacific. The author was one of the most successful submarine commanders of the Second World War. ISBN: 0718302028 £4 GBP
9. Unbroken The Story of a Submarine (1953) by Alastair Mars D.S.O., D.S.C. and bar ex-RN WW2 Submarine Captain. 9th Impression Frederick Muller, London, England. HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket with edge-wear and loss. Not ex-library and tight-binding. ISBN: £6 GBP
10. Periscope View: A Remarkable Memoir of the 10th Submarine Flotilla at Malta 1941-43 by Rear Admiral “Shrimp” George Simpson with a new introduction by Jeff Tall. First published in 1972 this edition is 2010 by Seaforth. As new unread condition. For the critical years of WWII the key role of the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean was to interrupt the flow of Axis supplies to Rommel s armies in North Africa. The possession of Malta, right on the supply lines, allowed this role to be carried out. The author, in command of the 10th Submarine Flotilla, played a central and unique role in this battle. In incredible conditions, and under a furiously mounting air bombardment, which at times exceeded the full force of the German bombardment of England during the battle of Britain, Commander Simpson operated the fragile submarines and to press the attack against enemy shipping despite appalling submarine losses both at sea and in harbor.This is a remarkable memoir by a man who rarely had a commonplace reaction to a full and dangerous life of brilliant submarine service. ISBN: 9781848320543 £5 GBP
11. U-Boat 977 The U-Boat That Escaped to Argentina (2003) 2nd-edition Wren Publishing By Heinz Schaeffer. H/B inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket near new. Not ex-library and very good condition. Book covers: :the Gibraltar passage ,underwater re-fueling, snorkeling the southern cross, three boat passages of the Biscay, command intricacies and combat, a Nicholas Monserrat (The Cruel Sea ) introduction and a fantastic tale of escape and surrender to Argentina 3 months after the end of the war, leading to suspicion of a possible Hitler escape. ISBN: 0905778871 £6 GBP
12. U333 The Story of a U-Boat Ace (1984) By Peter Cremer The Bodley Head Ltd, 1st English edition. HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Very Good condition, not ex-library and tight-binding. Peter Cremer was one the top U-Boat aces of WWII and one of the few to survive a campaign that cost the German navy 710 of the of the 820 U-boats it sent to sea. Likewise, the cost in men was also horrific with only 7000 of the 30,000 who maned the U-boats seeing the war's end. Cremer commanded three U-boats, the last of which never joined combat. Numerous books have been written about the U-boat war, but Cremer's will surely rank as one that conveys the most graphic, vivid and lasting impressions of U-boat life, whether attacker or attacked. First published in German in 1982 with this translation to English by Laurence Wilson released in 1984. Cremer collaborated with Fritz Brustat-Naval to produce "U333." First English edition by Bodley Head in 1984, 244 pages including appendix (list of WWII U-Boat losses), bibliography and index, 35 b/w photos, map. ISBN: 0370305450 £10 GBP
13. An Affair of Chances: A Submarine’s Odyssey 1939-44 By Ian McGeoch Foreword by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin KG GCB LVO DSC. HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library and near new. Wartime service memoir of submarine Captain, Lieutenant Ian McGeoch DSO, RN(later in his career a Vice-Admiral) of how the author having survived being depth charged in a submarine HMS Splendid in the Mediterranean, escaped from a German POW camp and finally makes it back to England to resume his naval career. Very good copy throughout. ISBN: 0901627666 £4 GBP
14. War Beneath The Sea: Submarine Conflict 1939-1945 (1995) By Peter Padfield HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket. Not ex-library and very good condition. “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). ISBN: 9780719551680 £6 GBP
15. U-Boat War Patrol: The Hidden Photographic Diary of U 564 (2016) By Lawrence Paterson Softback as new. Frontline Books. This unique account charts the complete story of a single U-boat patrol through the summer of 1942 based around a remarkable collection of photographs that were liberated from a concrete U-boat pen in Brest at the end of the war and which had, until recently, remained hidden in a shoe box. The boat in question, U-564, carried the famous three black cat motif of Reinhard ‘Teddy’ Suhren who, along with Prien and Kretschmer, was one of the top U-boat commanders during the battles of the Atlantic. This remarkable book provides unique access into both the day-to-day life of a U-boat at sea and into the detailed workings of the Kriegsmarine. Through the successes and trials of U-564 the reader is transported to that vast and watery battlefield that was perhaps the most significant theater of the Second World War. ISBN: 9781848327849 £6 GBP
16. Iron Coffins A U-Boat Commander’s War 1939-1945 (1999) Cassell Military By Herbert A. Werner. Paperback with no loose pages. This is a story of triumph, disaster and eventual survival - against all odds. Herbert Werner was one of the few U-boat commanders whose skill, daring and incredible luck saw him safely through to the end of the war. His is an epic and chilling description of the fearful havoc wrought by one small U-boat on the Atlantic convoys. But easy success ebbed away in the face of ever-improving Allied detection and attack techniques. The hunters became the prey, to suffer appalling losses. Of 842 U-boats launched 779 were sunk, 'iron-coffins' to 28,000 men. Herbert Werner's graphic account of war waged from beneath the sea, of horror and cold, cruel death, is dedicated to the seamen of all nations who died in the Battle of the Atlantic. ISBN: 0304353302 £5 GBP
17. The Mystery of X5 Lieutenant H. Henty-Creer’s attack on the Tirpitz (1988) 1st-edition William Kimber London, England. By Frank Walker & Pamela Mellor HB inc. non-clipped Dust-Jacket which is in a clear cover as this is an ex- Dorset County library copy. Usual stamps and stickers. Tight text-block and no underlining. Examines the campaign to destroy by far the most important target for the new British midget submarines which lay anchored in a Norwegian fjord in 1943. With a foreword by Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Hezlet KBE, CB, DSO, DSC, DL. ISBN: 0718306287 £4 GBP
18. One Man Band Memoirs of a Submarine C.O. by Rear-Admiral Ben Bryant, CB, DSO and Two Bars, DSC. The author survived more patrols than any other submarine commander, and his exploits must rank in the forefront of all war adventures (1958) 1st-edition William Kimber London, England. Rare to find in this condition HB inc. price-clipped good Dust-Jacket. Edge-wear and 1 small tear to rear top edge. Tight text-block and no underlining or signs of previous ownership inside. ISBN: Not stated. £25.00 GBP
19. Black May The Epic Story of the Allies’ Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943 (1998) Harper Collins By Michael Gannon. HB inc. very good unclipped Dust-Jacket. Near new condition apart from previous owner’s book sticker from Stratford-Upon-Avon on front clear page. In May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sinking forty-one German U-boats and damaging thirty-seven others. It was the forty-fifth month of World War II, and by the end of May the Germans were forced to acknowledge defeat and recall almost all of their remaining U-boats from the major traffic lanes of the North Atlantic. At U-Boat Headquarters in Berlin, despondent naval officers spoke of "Black May." It was a defeat from which the German U-boat fleet never recovered.
Black May is a triumph of scholarship and narrative, an important work of history, and a great sea story. Acclaimed historian Michael Gannon, author of Operation Drumbeat, has done enormous research and produced the most thoroughly documented study ever done of these battles. In his compelling historical saga, the people are as significant as the technical information.
Given the strategic importance of the events of May 1943, it is natural to ask, How did Black May happen and why? Who or what was responsible? Were new Allied tactics adopted or new weapons employed?
This book answers those questions and many others. Drawing on original documents in German, British, U.S., and Canadian archives, as well as interviews with surviving participants, Gannon describes the exciting sea and air battles, frequently taking the reader inside the U-boats themselves, aboard British warships, onto the decks of torpedoed merchant ships, and into the cockpits of British and U.S. aircraft.
Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied perspectives, often using the actual words of captains and crews. Finally, he allows the reader to "listen in" on secretly recorded conversations of captured U-boat men in POW quarters during that same incredible month, giving intimate and moving access to the thoughts and emotions of seamen that is unparalleled in naval literature. Rarely, if ever, has the U-boat war been presented so accurately, so graphically, and so personally as in Black May. ISBN: 0060178191 £5 GBP
20. Dark Seas Above HM Submarine Taurus (2000) by John Frederick Gibson Foreword by Admiral Sir George Creasy GCB CBE DSO MVO. Lt. Softback like new and unread. Lt. Gibson's narrative shows the constant struggle of the Submariner with the element on which he works -- the sea; & the grand comradeship engendered towards officers & men by service in submarines. It is doubtful the general public is aware of the great results achieved by the Royal Navy’s submarine services ISBN: 0752420186 £5 GBP
Thanks for looking and more to come.