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Winning Edge: Naval Technology in Action, 1939-1942

Poolman, Kenneth

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ISBN 10: 1557506876 / ISBN 13: 9781557506870
Published by Naval Institute Press, 1997
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Title: Winning Edge: Naval Technology in Action, ...

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Acceptable

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In this surprisingly lively approach to recording the impact of technology on the war at sea, Kenneth Poolman follows comprehensive descriptions of each new technical development with dramatic examples of its use in action.

To combat the savage campaign mounted by German submarines and surface raiders to keep vital supplies from the Allies, Allied navies deployed new weapons like ASDIC (sonar), RDF (radar), high frequency direction-finding, forward-firing mortars, and rocket projectiles, all thoroughly examined by the author along with the U-boats' use of acoustic torpedoes, Schnorkel tubes to breathe underwater, radio-controlled missiles, and supersonic undersea detectors in a war that became a conflict of technologies.


This book also covers the use of radar in the Pacific against the Japanese "long lance" torpedoes and shows how U.S. submarines overcame their own faulty torpedoes to decimate enemy shipping, and how carrier airpower, controlled by multichannel high-frequency radio, dominated surface actions. He details the development and use of sensitive listening stations that relayed enemy messages to cryptographers. The special amphibious craft that put troops ashore in all theaters are included in the book as well.

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In this lively approach to recording the impact of technology on the war at sea, Kenneth Poolman presents comprehensive descriptions of new technical developments and then offers dramatic examples of their use in action during World War II. He explains how Allied navies deployed new weapons to combat the savage campaign mounted by German submarines and surface raiders against the Allies' supply lines. Weapons like ASDIC (sonar), radar, high frequency direction-finding, forward-firing mortars, and rocket projectiles are examined in detail, as is the U-boats' use of acoustic torpedoes, Schnorkel tubes to breathe underwater, and the Luftwaffe's radio-controlled bombs in a war that became a conflict of technologies. The U.S. Navy's development of radar as a counter to Japanese ships and aircraft is also fully covered in this book, along with an explanation of how U.S. submarines overcame their own faulty torpedoes to decimate enemy shipping. In addition, the author examines how Allied carrier aircraft, controlled by multi-channel high-frequency radio, eventually came to dominate surface actions. Also included are details of the development and use of the sensitive listening stations that relayed enemy messages to cryptographers who broke "unbreakable" codes and important information about the special amphibious craft that put troops ashore in all theaters of war.

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