British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat: Mediterranean by David Greentree

By David Greentree

As the struggle in North Africa escalated, Axis army efforts turned more and more depending on provide traces around the Mediterranean. to aim to sever those strains of provide, the British deployed submarines from the besieged island of Malta with the directive to sink as a lot service provider convoy tonnage as attainable. Italy answered through sending her torpedo boats to guard and escort Axis convoys.

that includes in particular commissioned full-color art and thoroughly selected archive pictures, this attractive research assesses the evolving conflict among Britain's submarines and Italy's torpedo boats within the fight for primacy within the Mediterranean on the top of global battle II.

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Horton had told Simpson that tour length would be limited to a year for a submarine. Unbroken remained in the Mediterranean for four more months, but Mars was sent home. He ‘felt guilty at having to leave behind the officers and men of my crew’ (Mars 1971: 208), but believed it was the right decision. He was getting stale and was compromising the crew’s survival because ‘The success and survival of a submarine depends upon the sharp, keen, nerve-taut efficiency of every single member of her crew’, including him (Mars 1971: 209).

S. Wraith, reported after a patrol during bad weather on Upright that ‘twelve days at sea is the maximum compatible with any degree of efficiency’ (quoted in Wingate 1991: 75). F. Crowley observed aboard Una that ‘The cramped accommodation, close contact with the messmates and lack of exercise all play their part in setting up a state of nervous tension’ (quoted in Wingate 1991: 229). After 24 hours, oxygen started to run out and carbon dioxide was building, resulting in a ‘slowing of the mental processes, together with creating irritability and shortness of temper’; he thought the crew behaved calmly during depthcharge attack because ‘atmospheric conditions had slowed down the intellect’ (quoted in Wingate 1991: 229).

When a rating’s wife needed an operation he could not pay for, Rimmington deposited the money in the man’s bank account. indd 33 33 24/02/2016 15:33 34 According to Lieutenant B. Bryant, submarine service appealed to many because responsibility occurred at a younger age than in General Service, and submarine officers gained ‘a reputation for being a bit of a law unto themselves’ (quoted in MacKay 2009: 167). In 1938, after serving in battleships, Crawford ‘wanted somewhere where I had more responsibility and close contact with the ratings’ (letter to author).

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