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The History of the British

' U ' CLASS Submarine

by
Derek Walters

First published 2004 by Pen & Sword Maritime, Barnsley, Yorkshire

ISBN 1 84415 1231 X

CONDITION
Navy cloth hard bound book with gilt lettering to spine in FINE (as new) condition. Whole dust wrapper in at least VERY GOOD PLUS if not NEAR FINE condition.

Jacket blurbs

Original designed in 1934 as a small simple submarine for anti-submarine training, the 'U' Class submarine's career turned out to be far more dramatic and valuable than that. On the onset of the War it was first adapted for patrolling home waters but, by the close of hostilities six years later, boats of the Class had served world-wide with seven different navies. Its contribution was never more successful than in the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean, where their operations were a major factor in the defeat of Rommel's Afrika Corps.

Officers and men of these submarines carried out their duties in the very best traditions of the Royal Navy and received no less than 375 gallantry medals including the Victoria Cross awarded to Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn. This VC was one of just five won by RN submariners.

By the end of the war seventy-two TT Class submarines had been commissioned and, of these, seventeen were lost to the enemy and three in accidents. Of the remainder, two were disposed of as targets, one foundered only to be salvaged and the rest were scrapped at the end of their useful lives.

This is the first book to examine thoroughly and celebrate the service of this fine class of submarine. Readers will find it a fascinating and gripping tale of courage often under appalling conditions as well as a comprehensive and authoritative record.

Original designed in 1934 as a small simple submarine for anti-submarine training, the 'U' Class submarine's career turned out to be far more dramatic and valuable than that. On the onset of the War it was first adapted for patrolling home waters but, by the close of hostilities six years later, boats of the Class had served world-wide with seven different navies. Its contribution was never more successful than in the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean, where their operations were a major factor in the defeat of Rommel's Afrika Corps.

Officers and men of these submarines carried out their duties in the very best traditions of the Royal Navy and received no less than 375 gallantry medals including the Victoria Cross awarded to Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn. This VC was one of just five won by RN submariners.

By the end of the war seventy-two TT Class submarines had been commissioned and, of these, seventeen were lost to the enemy and three in accidents. Of the remainder, two were disposed of as targets, one foundered only to be salvaged and the rest were scrapped at the end of their useful lives.

This is the first book to examine thoroughly and celebrate the service of this fine class of submarine. Readers will find it a fascinating and gripping tale of courage often under appalling conditions as well as a comprehensive and authoritative record.

The History of the British ' U ' CLASS Submarine by Derek Walters: Whole dust wrapper in at least VERY GOOD PLUS if not NEAR FINE condition.

The History of the British ' U ' CLASS Submarine by Derek Walters: Whole dust wrapper in at least VERY GOOD PLUS if not NEAR FINE condition.
The History of the British ' U ' CLASS Submarine by Derek Walters: Navy cloth hard bound book with gilt lettering to spine in FINE (as new) condition.

AUTHOR

The son of a Derbyshire miner, Derek Walters joined the Royal Navy in 1952. He trained as a radio operator at HMS Ganges and served on two aircraft carriers (Eagle and Illustrious), a cruiser (Birmingham), two frigates (Pellew and Rocket) and the submarine Talent. The latter was involved in a collision with a merchant ship off the Isle of Wight during his tour.

In 1962 he left the Navy and joined the Derbyshire Constabulary and, over the next thirty years, he rose to the rank of Superintendent.

After retiring he went into the travel business. This gave him the opportunity to research British `U' and 'V' Class submarines. While he has written a number of articles for specialist journals, this is his first published book. Derek lives near Alfreton, Derbyshire.

 
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