They Fought Under the Sea Author:the Editors of Navy Times Undersea Raiders As early as 333 B.C., Alexander the Great explored the bottom of the sea in a large glass barrel let down by chains. Leonardo da Vinci, among others, developed plans for an underwater warship. But not until 1898, as a result of twenty years of experiments, was Submarine No. 1 built for the U.S. Navy. — After the development of... more » this underwater tactical weapon was comparatively rapid, each new ship growing in size and efficiency until the advent of the nuclear George Washington which, with its 16 Polaris missiles, carries more destructive power than was unleashed by all the guns, cannons, planes and ships of both sides in World War II.
Here is the history of the evolution of this underseas "battleship," with true stories of valiant crews which lived and fought - and sometimes died - beneath the seven seas for the glory of contry and the submarine sevice.« less