The 4th Submarine Flotilla, Royal Navy, in the 1930s

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    C. M
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      I am having difficulty finding information regarding the 4th Submarine Flotilla in the 1930s. They were on the China station during this period and seem to have been largely ignored by history.
      Can any member help me please?
      Christopher Morgan-JOnes

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      C. M
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        I find it quite odd that no member has responded to this query. The 4th were the RN striking arm for this area during the inter war period. The RN had no capital ships to spare and the submarine flotilla would have been in the front line in WW2 if they had not been withdrawn to help unsuccessfully in the Mediterranean.
        Many of those attached to the flotilla in the inter-war period had formulated numerous plans against the Imperial Japanese Navy which could have changed the war dramatically.

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        Frank Scott
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          You may have more joy with this on the Marhst on-line forum. But in general I would direct you to the RN Submarine Museum [now part of the combined National Museum of the Royal Navy, website URL: http://www.rnsubmus.co.uk/general/intro.htm%5D

          Although I cannot find my copies I think that Martyn Sherwood made quite a few references to the flotilla (in which he served) both in The Voyage of the Tai-mo-shan [reprint Hart-Davis, London 1957] and Coston Gun [London 1946]. Also I think there are some references in Convoy is to Scatter by Jack Broome, London 1974.

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