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By George Franklin

Britain's Anti-Submarine power, 1919-1939 is the 1st unified examine of the advance of Britain's anti-submarine strength among the armistice in 1919 and the onset of the second one international German submarine assault on Britain's maritime alternate in 1939. good researched and but accessibly written, this ebook demanding situations the frequent trust that the Royal army did not expect the specter of the U-boat within the moment global conflict.

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The CB (Confidential Book) 3002 and CB 1769 publications would have been their only reference source. The CB 1769 series were annually produced secret reports on exercises of particular interest or significance. They contained descriptions of the exercise plans, narratives of the involved forces, and retrospective comments from commanders. They do, however, only cover a very few of the exercises undertaken, so do not provide anything approaching a full record. These reported on, among other things, the progress made at Portland in tactical developments.

Italy’s status at the end of the First World War, and its contribution to the Versailles debates, placed it unequivocally as a friend of the United Kingdom. Mussolini’s dramatic rise to power ruffled some feathers in London, but the Foreign Office’s collective eye remained firmly fixed on Japan. Furthermore, Mussolini lost little time in declaring his friendship, and, whatever retrospective value one puts on his promises, there was at the time little reason to think they were anything other than genuine.

3 Prior to the 1921 reorganisation of the staff, an Anti-Submarine Division existed in its own right. It was proposed in 1921 that the Anti-Submarine Division, together with Mercantile Movements and Minesweeping, should become part of an expanded Trade Division,4 in order to unify all aspects of trade defence. In the event, it became part of the Tactical Division, and was cut to a staff of only one commander. 5 His administrative support came from the ten civilian clerical and secretarial staff who were shared between the Tactical, Plans and Trade Divisions.

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