On A History of Submarines

From the first myths and legends through the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution, right on through World War I, World War II, the Cold War to today, A History Of Submarines tells the story of how inventors and dreamers defied the laws of physics and persevered in the face of death in order to finally construct the first working submarine that took people below water and back up again. Some succeeded; many died.

From pipe dream to one of the most feared machines known to man, with enough firepower to destroy entire fleets and cities within minutes: the submarine is a deadly weapon that decides wars and the fates of entire nations.

How it came to be is what A History Of Submarines is all about.

The linear main storyline tells you all you need to know about the history of the submarine. Later, supplementals on key inventors, battles, campaigns, ground-breaking designs and some myth busting will be added.

A History Of Submarines is available only via subscription, with the first three shows available for free. So when the option becomes available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, please support this podcast and subscribe.


Your host, Kaj Leers. 1975, Amsterdam dweller, submarine aficionado.

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