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Re: Some thoughts on "British Submarines in the Cold War Era"
Just thought, maybe espionage has already passed on some of the detail to interested parties (no names, no pack drill!), so there is no problem publishing what was hitherto 'confidential' or 'top secret'.
And oh heck, wallet is starting to cringe!
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I'm about 2/3 of the way though the book and absolutely fascinated by it. Like Phil, I am surprised Friedmann got clearance to write in as much detail as he did.
I was familiar with some of the more general stuff from reading "The Silent Deep" and other books, but unaware of the contribution the RN had made in areas such as "rafting".
I've got most of Friedmann's more recent books, and this one is just a wee bit easier to read than they are, but not by much. He's dry alright, and packs a lot into the text.
The RN learnt a lot of the tricks of silencing a sub pre-war and immediately post-war with the Hydrogen Peroxide subs ("Exploder" and "Excruciater") and streamlined boats. The detailing of the fittings for the streamlined post-war subs was a major undertaking with many different designs of "disappearing" fittings being trialled and sound ranged Almost all the post-war sub silencing tricks were RN, except anechoic tiles (Soviet) and natural circulation reactors (USA).
I am surprised that Friedmann got permission to publish as much as he did, but I'm pleased, and hope it is a sign of a relaxation of UK official secrets.
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