By Alastair Alexander
The Clyde has performed an incredible half in war within the twentieth century. Its most blatant contribution used to be because the major resource of transport which used to be provided to the Royal army and the service provider army. lots of its different tales are much less everyday, now not least the particular clash that came about opposed to German U-boats now not faraway the mainland. Alastair Alexander has dug deep into the struggle files, reputable collections and the museum documents to unearth a desirable tale of naval battle in this nice river and the west coast. beginning in 1914, he's taking the reader throughout the First global struggle and the run as much as the second one global conflict with targeted appears to be like on the German U-boats that tried to damage the ocean defences and sink British delivery. UC-27, UC-75, U-32, U-33 (sunk by means of HMS Gleaner in February 1940), U-218 are all precise. He additionally record the losses to British transport at the Clyde in the course of either global Wars and offers an entire account of HMS Gleaners function within the U-33 incident. The Enigma interpreting desktop is additionally recalled and the precise half salvage operation on a sunken German U-boat within the Clyde performed within the function of that outstanding tool. HMS Hood, RMS Queen Elizabeth and Admiral Karl Donitz additionally function during this hugely illustrated contribution to wartime historical past. The obtainable format, the formerly unpublished images and the newly published historic details make this an important learn for naval historians, scholars and academics alike.
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5cm cannon and up to 1,100lb of bombs. Performance: Maximum speed (at 21,325ft) 474mph. 5min. Weights: Empty 16,005lb. Normal operational take-off weight 21,160lb. Dimensions: Span 45ft 3%in. Length 45ft 5'/4in. Wing area 414 sq ft. Other roles envisaged: Two-seat night-fighter (A-6), single-seat long-range and escort fighter (B). 29 THE LAST YEAR OF THE LUFTWAFFE Alfred Price Anti-aircraft guided missiles: To improve the lethality of the ground anti-aircraft defences against enemy bombers, two new types of surface-to-air guided missile were in an advanced state of development and had been ordered into production: the Schmetterling, for engaging bombers at medium altitudes, and the much more complex Wasserfall, for use against bombers at high altitude.
The Arado Ar 234: The third and largest of the jet aircraft types about to enter production for the Luftwaffe was the Arado Ar 234 jet bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. This single-seater was powered by two Jumo 004 turbojets similar to those fitted to the Me 262, and initially it suffered similar problems with engine reliability. 33 THE LAST YEAR OF THE LUFTWAFFE Alfred Price The Arado Ar 234B Role: Single-seat jet bomber or reconnaissance aircraft. Powerplant: Two 1,980lb thrust Junkers Jumo 004 jet engines.
Weight at launch: 924lb. Dimensions: Span 6ft 6½in. Length 14ft 1in. The Henschel Hs 117 Schmetterling (Butterfly): The Hs 117 Schmetterling was a small (14ft long) winged missile launched from an inclined ramp. The rocket-powered missile had a maximum range of about 20 miles against medium-altitude targets and carried a 90lb warhead. In its initial form the weapon was fitted with the Kehl-Strassburg radio command guidance system, a modification of that fitted to the Henschel Hs 293 and Fritz X anti-ship weapons which had already been used in action.
Action Stations!: U-boat Warfare in the Clyde in Two World Wars by Alastair Alexander