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Re: Chains and grappling hooks as ASW weapons
Posted by: kurt ()
Date: November 14, 2002 05:35PM

<HTML>Everyone:

Grappling hooks were used in WWI by allied vessels against submarines. There is also one instance of Turkish / German forces using grappling hooks or the like on a British submarine in the Dardanelles.

A lot of this was because subs would 'play dead' or just plain rest on shallow patches of ocean floor in the channel or North Sea - much of WWI sub warfare was in very shallow water, where grappling hooks were useful. After the introduction of the depth charge in 1917 the need for grappling hooks went away. If you knew where the sub was enough to grab it with a grappling hook, you could destroy it with depth charges, so why bother with the hooks.

In WWII the German U-boats tended to operate more in the open, deep ocean, where a grappling hook wasn't as useful. US subs would work in coastal waters by the nature of the Pacific's thousand island war, so perhaps occasionally a depth charge-less ship might resort to hooks. I can't recall of any WWII European theater uses of grapples, but it may have happened.

I'm surprised you guys liked 'Below': When I heard of it I thought it was a bad joke, but I guess I jumped to conclusions.glad you liked it.</HTML>

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