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Allied Minesweeping In World War 2 Peter Elliott

Allied Minesweeping In World War 2

Peter Elliott

Published 1979
ISBN : 9780850593501
Hardcover
202 pages
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From the dust jacket. Mines were one of the greatest hazards to be faced by shipping, both merchant and naval during the war. Without warning they could bring death and destruction to ships which were often defenceless against them. It was the job ofMoreFrom the dust jacket. Mines were one of the greatest hazards to be faced by shipping, both merchant and naval during the war. Without warning they could bring death and destruction to ships which were often defenceless against them. It was the job of the minesweepers to combat this threat and they did that job with great dedication and bravery despite the fact that they themselves frequently fell victim to the mines. It was a time of technological innovation and improvisation on both sides. As soon as it became clear that the traditional moored contact mines could be cut from their moorings and sunk there was a whole stream of new devices, each more cunning and deadly than the last. Magnetic mines, acoustic mines, combinations which were both magnetic and acoustic, mines with delayed action which allowed them to remain passive beneath the sweepers and then blow up the ships which followed behind- all these were developed and were countered by increasingly sophisticated sweeping techniques. This book describes how new mines were captured, their secrets discovered and used to create effective sweeping methods. Sometimes these were clever scientific answers such as the de-gaussing of ships as a protection against magnetic mines. At other times improvised solutions, such as raking the water with machine gun fire, had to be used.