Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II 1st Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0471249450
ISBN-10: 0471249459
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$4.50 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$11.33 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
25 New from $5.80 50 Used from $0.01
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$11.33 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II
  • +
  • Iron Coffins: A Personal Account Of The German U-boat Battles Of World War II
Total price: $24.95
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for War Beneath the Sea

""I am truly filled with awe and admiration...fascinating and a great contribution to the entire lore of submarines.... I wish I had written the book."" —Capt. Edward L. Beach, USN (Ret.) author of Run Silent, Run Deep

""Peter Padfield is the best British naval historian of his generation now working. [His] book...will now become the standard work on the subject."" Daily Telegraph (London)

""Peter Padfield has produced by far the best and most complete critical history of the submarine operations of all the combatants in the Second World War, at the same time providing vivid narrative accounts of particular actions and events."" —Lloyd's List (London)

""An excellent account of submarine warfare in 1939-45... [it] recreates the tribulations and horrors of that especially brutal form of warfare within a sturdily analytical and often critical framework."" The Economist

""[A] marvelously complete and detailed study of World War II submarine warfare...an interesting, serious, and timely book."" —Houston Chronicle

""A brilliant submarine warfare study."" —Military Review


From the Publisher

A leading naval and military historian presents the first book to cover the major submarine campaigns in all the WWII theaters. Vividly recreates the experience of submarine and anti-submarine warfare from the decision makers in the war offices to the men in the boats. Describes the disappointing performance of the giant Japanese submarines in the Pacific and the narrow margin by which Britain escaped defeat by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Reveals new information about the capture of the Enigma cipher machine, harrowing accounts of defenseless warriors shot in the water and much more. Contains 16 pages of photographs, many published for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

China
Engineering & Transportation Books
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471249459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471249450
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
The best survey of submarine warfare in WWII that I have read. I have read many of the American WWII books, and 2 or 3 of the German, but it is enlightening to see what Britain, Italy and Japan were doing at the same time, and to get some perspective on the mistakes that were made by top leadership in every country failing to take advantage of this potentially powerful weapon system.

Best summary of the poor leadership by Admiral King I have ever read also. I knew that the mid level Navy leadership did not like or respect him, but this is the first time I got some insight as to why that was so, and how damaging his lack of collaborative leadership was in the early years of WWII, especially the failures to defend against the German U-boats on our east coast and in the Caribbean
Sea. Much worse losses than occurred at Pearl Harbor.

If you want to read the details of submarine development during the war, and see both the positive and negative effects of naval leadership in adapting to a new weapon system, this is an excellent book to get started.

I am definitely recommending it to my WWII history buff friends!
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I found Mr. Padfields book to contain some excellent accounts of the various submarine forces' efforts during the Second World War. I also thought that he does a great job of placing the 1st hand accounts within the larger strategic issues he examines.
My only criticism of the work is that he does not treat the US efforts in the pacific with anywhere near the same breadth of analysis that he gives the British in the Med. I found it hard to accept his arguments fully, as he rarely if ever gives alternatives to his positions.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Padfield's book is a comprehensive examination of submarine warfare from 1939 to 1945. It includes extensive information about the whole spectrum of boats from manned torpedos through to the Japanese submarine float plane carriers. An appendix provides a day by day important actions over the entire war.
What I particularly like is the macro/micro nature of the book. In this way it has much in common with some works of CEW Bean. There are many single action descriptions that provide a lively counterpoint to descriptions of the strategic situation.
My criticism is that the work is devided into chapters by theatre and time frame - but the text is strictly chronological. This makes many of the chapter titles pointless. None the less the chapters do round out particular periods.
In all a very readable and enjoyable book.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“War Beneath the Sea” by Peter Padfield is a comprehensive collection of the submarine activities on all sides of WWII. It is full of first hand reports of survivors, speculation on many of those lost and analysis of the top submarine commands of Great Britain, Germany, the US, and Japan. It shows how entrenched policy makers ignored reports from the front about defects in material and tactics, thus lengthening the war. As an old Navy man I am reminded of what we used to say: The Navy was conceived by genius, but run by morons. I highly recommend this book for anybody interested in naval history.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I have been reading WWII submarine books for nearly 40 years now and became interested in this one as it offered a comparison of various navies' submarines and their operations in a single volume. As such it is useful and even contained a number of items of information I had not seen elsewhere.

On the other hand, I felt that the book had a tendency to gloss over some of the basic aspects of the period's submarine warfare in a manner that would likely confuse or even lose novices to the subject, and that the same could have been cured through few enough pages to render this a significant criticism. A neophyte to this subject would do better to read Edward L. Beach's *Submarine* (which the author himself relied heavily upon, by the way, in addressing U.S. submarine operations) before attempting this book.

The author also made a couple of startling detail errors in places that seemed to diminish his sense of authority, in particular his misnaming the atomic bombs dropped on Japan as "Thin Boy" and "Fat Boy" rather than by their well-known sobriquets, "Little Boy" and "Fat Man".

I also thought he gave rather short shrift to the U.S. Pacific submarine campaign, considering the numbers of boats and men involved in that fight, as well as it's significance to the outcome of that war, giving the distinct impression that he was addressing the subject more out of a sense of scholarly duty than any sincere interest in the subject. The rather thin treatment that emerges from the text is further reflected by the disappointingly small number of sources he cites in his bibliography in regard to this issue. It actually reminded me of an undergraduate term paper in its apparent disproportionate reliance on just a few prominent sources.
Read more ›
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're interested in submarines this book describes their use in all wars by all countries. I'm surprised there is so much detailed research material available. You may also find out a few facts about some of the wars. If you find the subject as interesting as I did, the book is a must read. Otherwise, forget it.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II