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Chariots of War - Underwater Warfare

Chariots of War - Underwater Warfare
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Chariots of War - Underwater Warfare

Foreword: H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh

Author: Robert Hobson

Book description: "The naval documents stamped ’TOP SECRET’ in bright red were addressed to my late father and as I pieced together the information, I realised he’d been involved in covert naval operations during World War II. This was a subject he’d never discussed, however the newspaper cuttings were at least dated, and reported the navy using ’Chariots’, I had to find out more". Robert W.Hobson Chairman, The Underwater Heritage Trust

Invented in 1935 by two Italian Naval enginerr’s, the small submersible, often nick named ’The Human Torpedo’ or ’Chariot’, did not see active service until the Second World War, when a series of attacks were made against British vessels, anchored at various naval bases in the Mediterranean.During World War II, the prime objective of the Italian Navy was to reduce the superior powers of the British Fleet, thus balancing the odds in the battle for the control of the Mediterranean. On December 9th 1941, three Italian ’Chariots’ entered Alexandria Harbour, sinking a British Tanker, and seriously damaging the battleships Queen Elizabeth and Valiant.

The Italian success with the ’Chariots’ resulted in incresed security at all British ports in the Mediterranean, furthermore, recognising the potential of this underwater weapon, Prime Minister Winston Churchill immediately instructed the formation of a British, ’Human Torpedo Unit’.The first British mission was to attack the German battleship Tirpitz, anchored in a Norwegian fjord. Subsequent missions took place in the Meditterranean, and as a result of the Italian armistice in 1943, the British and Italian torpedo units joined forces.

CHARIOTS OF WAR is the definitive study of this little known facet of naval warfare. In piecing together otherwise lost and fragmented pieces of history, Hobson not only captures the spirit of the day, but also pays homage to the long forgotten ’Charioteers’. Delux casebound, English A4 size format. 170 pages and 250 photographs."

H.R.H.THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ’I think the author deserves great credit for his persistence in digging out, and writing up the fascinating history of this form of underwater warfare, and for creating the special exhibition in the Eden Camp near Malton. It is a fitting tribute to a group of quite exceptionally brave men.’ STAN JOHNSON M.B.E. ’As the founder of Eden Camp Museum, I am happy to have played a part in helping Robert Hobson to create the largest human torpedo display in the world. At last we now also have a publication devoted to this ’missing part’ of naval history.’ CONTESSA MARIA FEDE CAPRONI DE TALIEDO ’These human torpedoes were built by my father’s Milan factory in 1943. Today my family are delighted to support Robert Hobson in his quest to preserve this important aspect of naval warfare.’ ADMIRAL CRISTIANO BETTINI - ITALIAN NAVAL ATTACHE ’This incredible book informs the reader about an important aspect of Italian and British naval history during World War II. The Italian Navy have been delighted to support the author with his research and indeed to introduce him to surviving Italian operators.’ GINO BIRINDELLI - FORMER ITALIAN CHARIOTEER ’CHARIOTS of WAR completely captures a very important element of Italian and British naval warfare.’ LEN BEREY D.S.M. - FORMER BRITISH CHARIOTEER ’The discovery of photographs and documents, which I had not seen for over sixty years means that our story is not lost in the mist of time, but resurrected for the education of future generations.’

Format: Casebound, English A4. 162 pages. over 120 photographs & illustrations

ISBN: 0-9541997-1-5

Product number: mi0019

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