By Jim Christley

This booklet introduces the reader to the early years folks submarine improvement and operation in the course of the first 3rd of the twentieth century. It was once during this interval of development and alter that the submarine moved from a small vessel of restricted variety and tactical power to a miles ranging strength. It additionally covers the little-told tale of the United State's submarine strength in the course of global warfare I, and the teachings they realized that will be handed directly to destiny generations of submariners.

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All this mechanical calculation took the seven-man operating team a matter of seconds to complete. The resulting information was read out on the totalizer, which produced readings of total deflection as well as information on wind or spotting corrections or the degree of ‘lead’ required. This information was then transmitted both electro-mechanically and by telephone to the gun director. There the data would be translated into gun bearing and information. This would then be transmitted to the gun turrets, where the information would be used to train the guns.

In late 1916, Neptune had a clinker screen fitted to her forward funnel, and her twin searchlight mountings were replaced by single ones. During this refit her after fire control position was removed. Colossus Class In 1912 the fore funnel was raised on these two dreadnoughts, in a successful attempt to solve the problems caused by billowing smoke. At the same time added protection was provided to the secondary battery positions. In Hercules this took the form of small gun shields, while on Colossus her guns were protected by drop-down mantlets.

Com integrity, reducing the likelihood of flash explosions in the gun turrets, magazines or handling rooms, and by being thoroughly proficient in damage control. The much-celebrated instances of magazine explosions at Jutland demonstrated that when attempts were made to circumvent established safety procedures in order to increase the speed of gunnery, the consequences could be disastrous. Fortunately, it appears that the cavalier approach towards safety in the battlecruiser fleet was not repeated on board the dreadnoughts of the Grand Fleet.

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