Submarine Warfare
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Submarine Warfare

Grossadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz, secretary of state for the German Imperial Navy Bureau, was mainly interested in the battle fleet and initially had little regard for submarines. So the construction of U1 did not begin until 1904/1905, and, by the beginning of the First World War, only 28 submarines were in service in the German Navy. Of these, only the final ten were equipped with operationally safe diesel engines for running on the surface.

Tirpitz’ intention at the beginning of the war was to use submarines for reconnaissance against the British Gra…

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Rohwer, Jürgen, “Submarine Warfare”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0573>
First published online: 2015



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