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The Submarine Service, 1900–1918

1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Lambert


438 pages

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The year 2001 marks the centenary of the Royal Navy's submarine service. In the aftermath of the 2016 celebrations of the Battle of Jutland centenary, it is worth considering how the First World War at sea changed. This volume opens with an examination of the background to the Board of Admiralty's decision in 1900 to buy submarines, bringing to light documents that go a long way toward dispelling the myth that Britain's pre-1914 naval leaders were opposed to the development of the submarine as a major weapon. Indeed, the documents show that senior naval officers and influential civilians in Whitehall believed that the advent of the submarine would revolutionize naval warfare in a way that would bolster the Royal Navy's position as the world's predominant naval power. This edited selection of documents illustrates not only the Admiralty's thinking on the employment of the submarine between 1900 and 1918, it also charts the technical development of British submarines, and explains issues such as why the pioneer submariners came to regard themselves as an élite group within the Royal Navy - and were allowed to become the 'silent service'.


'… a fascinating insight into the early development of the submarine.' Maritime Books - Warship World '… important to all interested in submarine history…' Almanac of Seapower 'No one with a specialist interest in the history of British submarines[…]can afford to be without this volume… the documents[…]contain value extending well beyond the likely interest of the naval specialist… A satisfying array of wartime documents…' English Historical Review '… a fascinating insight into the origins and development of the Royal Navy's submarine service until the end of the First World War…. this book is fascinating reading, both for the period itself, and for an insight into the challenge of translating warfare concepts into practical weapons of war.' The Northern Mariner '… the editor is to be congratulated… an important contribution… deserves a wide readership.' International Journal of Maritime History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Appendix I: First appointments to the Service; Appendix II: Comparative strength, 1914-1918; The development of the submarine; At Portsmouth, 1903-1905; The impact of the submarine upon naval strategic thought; Submarines and fleet submarines; Admiralty re-appraisal of submarine policy, 1913-1914; The war, 1914-1915; Taking stock: wartime experience, 1916-1918; List of sources and documents; Biographical appendix; Index.

About the Series

Navy Records Society Publications

The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 to print unpublished manuscripts and rare works of interest to naval historians and enthusiasts. To date it has published nearly 150 scholarly volumes, each edited and introduced by a leading authority in the appropriate field. The volumes form a unique and invaluable resource for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in the Naval History of Great Britain and the development of naval power in the Modern World.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Naval
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century