A Breakdown in Communications: Britain’s Over Estimation of Asdic’s Capabilities in the 1930s

By G. D. Franklin, published May 1998


The submarine detection weapon, ASDIC, was developed prior to the end of WW1. Work continued throughout the interwar period, involving scientific research and tactical trials in the English Channel. By the beginning of WW2 confidence in ASDIC’s ability to detect dived submarines was very high but over optimism was quickly dispelled by the realities of submarine warfare in the Atlantic. Franklin seeks to establish how such a gulf was allowed to develop by examining the flow of information from the A/S vessels to the highest levels of government during the critical period prior to 1939.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar | English Channel
Subjects include: Weapons

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