Sub Corner 28: the Early Days of Anti-Submarine Weaponry

I have a question about the depth charges used by the world’s navies on submarines.

How did people come up with the idea? Surely an admiral did not get up one day and thought, I shall drop many exploding things on an enemy submarine that I cannot see in the hopes that one hit, right?

Actually, you know, it’s a good question. The answer is that we settled on the depth charge because it was what worked.

Let’s go back in time a bit, back to 1917.

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