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Submarine warfare

Sturma, M. (2011) Submarine warfare. In: Martel, G., (ed.) The Encyclopedia of War. Blackwell Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 1-7.

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While underwater craft were the subject of fantasy and experimentation for centuries, submarine warfare only became a reality in the twentieth century. Although some designers promoted their commercial potential, submarines were conceived primarily as weapons. With the ability to attack from beneath the sea, they created a new dimension in naval warfare. During both world wars, submarines posed a huge threat to both warships and commerce shipping. In more recent years, submarines are capable of missile attacks on both targets at sea and on land.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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