Depth Charge: Royal Naval Mines, Depth Charges and Underwater Weapons 1914-1945 - Chris HenryBarnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Cutaways; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “The history of weapons and warfare is usually written from the point of view of the battles fought and the tactics used. In naval warfare, in particular, the story of how these weapons were invented, designed and supplied is seldom told. Chris Henry, in this pioneering study, sets the record straight. He describes how, to counter the extraordinary threat posed by the U-boats in the world wars, the Royal Navy responded with weapons that kept open the vital supply routes of the Atlantic Ocean. He also celebrates the achievements of the engineers and inventors whose inspired work was essential to Britain’s survival — men like Herbert Taylor and Alban Gwynne.
The Admiralty’s continuous struggle to stay one step ahead of the German designers is recorded in close detail, and the invention of the depth charge takes pride of place. This was the key weapon in the Royal Navy’s armoury against the submarine and indeed it has been for other navies ever since. The exciting story of its conception, design, trials and continuous refinement makes fascinating reading.
The other remarkable devices created by Taylor and his collaborators were important, too. Their contribution to the design of mines, X-craft charges, the chariot, midget submarines, hedgehog, squid, and other innovations changed the course of twentieth-century warfare.
Chris Henry’s revealing, readable and fully illustrated account of this neglected aspect of naval history will be necessary reading for anyone who is interested in the story of war at sea.”