Defeating The U-Boat Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare, by Unknown
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- ISBN: 9781884733772 | 1884733778
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/29/2010
InDefeating the U-boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare,Newport Paper 36, Jan S. Breemer tells the story of the British response to the German submarine threat. His account of Germanyrs"s "asymmetric" challenge (to use the contemporary term) to Britainrs"s naval mastery holds important lessons for the United States today, the U.S. Navy in particular. The Royal Navyrs"s obstinate refusal to consider seriously the option of convoying merchant vessels, which turned out to be the key to the solution of the U-boat problem, demonstrates the extent to which professional military cultures can thwart technical and operational innovation even in circumstances of existential threat. Although historical controversy continues to cloud this issue, Breemer concludes that the convoying option was embraced by the Royal Navy only under the pressure of civilian authority. Breemer concludes his lively and informative study with some general reflections on military innovation and the requirements for countering it.