Submarine - Jonathan CraneLondon: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “Sleek, secret, sinister. Submarines are the most formidable ships of the Royal Navy today. Traditionally, the world of submarines and submariners has been firmly closed to outsiders, partly because of the secret nature of submarine operations, but partly because such inscrutability serves to heighten the Submarine Service’s elite reputation.
For the BBC TV series Submarine producer Jonathan Crane spent one year negotiating with the Royal Navy before gaining unprecedented access to this unknown world. With a small film crew he spent many weeks on different types of British submarines during a variety of genuine operations. The series and this fully illustrated book trace the events as the nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine Warspite takes part in a major NATO exercise as an enemy submarine; investigate what life is like for the men who crew the giant Polaris submarines — and for their wives at home; and give a first-hand account of the extraordinary pressures on the ‘Perishers’, the group of experienced officers who must pass what has been described as the toughest course in the world in order to realise their ambition and command a submarine.
The book also traces the development of the submarine from the efforts of the brave and eccentric inventors who first went under the sea, and the British admiral who condemned it as ‘damned un-English’, through two world wars which were very nearly won by the submarine, and up to the present day when the next generation of submarine, to carry the Trident missile system, is under discussion.”