Serpent of the Seas; The Submarine

New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1942. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xiii, [1], 252, [4] pages. Cover has some wear and soiling. Edges and corners rubbed and worn. Spine worn. Illustrated endpapers (map of the globe). Frontispiece illustrations. Foreword by Leland P. Lovette. Illustrations. Index. A graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy in 1919, Vice Admiral Cope (1898-1963) has had much submarine duty during his many years of sea service. Besides his numerous articles in the United States Naval Institute Proceedings, he is the author of three books: Command at Sea, Our Navy, a Fighting Team, and Serpent of the Seas. Dramatically recounts the history of the submarine through World War I, with chapters on American, British and German vessels. Chapters include: "Submarine Pioneers," "Submarine Methods of Attack" and "What a Pig Boat Was." Leland Lovette graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1918. He retired as a U.S. Navy Vice Admiral. During the early days of submarines in the US Navy, many were without periscopes, or the periscopes were only fairly shallow devices. In order to get their bearings the submarine had to surface briefly for the skipper to peer out of small deadlights to get his bearings. This constant surfacing and diving reminded watchers on the surface of dolphins, which were sometimes known as sea-pigs. Thus the slang name for a submarine ‘pigboat.’ Submarine warfare is one of the four divisions of underwater warfare, the others being anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare and mine countermeasures. Submarine warfare consists primarily of submarines using torpedoes, missiles or other weapons, as well as advanced sensing equipment, to attack other submarines, ships, or land targets. Submarines may also be used for reconnaissance and landing of special forces as well as deterrence. In some navies they may be used for task force screening. The effectiveness of submarine warfare partly depends on the anti-submarine warfare carried out in response. At the end of his naval warfare book The Price of Admiralty, military historian John Keegan postulated that eventually, almost all roles of surface warships will be taken over by submarines, as they will be the only naval units capable of evading the increasing intelligence capabilities (space satellites, airplanes etc.) that a fight between evenly matched modern states could bring to bear on them. Condition: Fair.

Keywords: Submarines, Torpedo, U.S.S. Salinas, Convoy, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Pig-Boat, Naval Operations, Naval Training, Shipbuilding, Naval Architecture, Naval Propulsion

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