Beneath the Waves

A History of HM Submarine Losses 1904 - 1971

A.S. Evans

Date Published :
July 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
103 b/w in plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848842922

Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Since the beginning of the Royal Navy Submarine Service in 1901, 173 submarines have been lost and in many circumstances with their entire crew. War inevitably takes a heavy toll: in World War Two alone – 341 officer and 2,801 ratings failed to return to harbor. The loss of personnel was roughly equivalent to the strength of the Submarine Arm at the outbreak of war.

Between the first loss, A1 in 1904, and the last, Artemis in 1971, lie many stories in which cool nerve was very much in evidence and one can marvel at the escape of the only survivor of Perseus; and of the sinking of Olympus from which the few survivors had to swim seven miles before receiving help; and of Surgeon-Lieutenant Charles Rhodes who died that others may live.

These and many other accounts of submarine escape are described within this history – and whenever possible in the words of survivors or witnesses.


“…very well researched information about the losses of the British submarine force... clear and concise …Mr. Evans should be commended on his efforts in doing such a wonderful book, it is a lasting memorial to all the brave British submarine sailors who gave their lives for their country and are on eternal patrol. I’m proud to add this volume to my submarine history library shelf.”


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