Strangling Rommel: British Submarine Commanders in the Mediterranean, June 1940 to September 1943

By S. May, published November 2002


British submarines in the Mediterranean had the opportunity to fulfill the role for which they were best suited, interdicting the sea traffic between Italy and Libya on which Axis forces in North Africa depended for all supplies. This highlighted the unique role of the submarine commander and the qualities they needed for success: natural gifts of co-ordination, quick thinking and self-control, a calculating mind and intuition, a balance between caution and aggressiveness, stamina, mental toughness and unorthodoxy. The fact that most lost submarines had made less than five patrols shows the importance of experience.

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Filed under: WW2 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Submarines

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