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Mine Warfare at Sea

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Howard S. LevieProfessor Emeritus of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law, USA

ISBN13: 9780792315261
ISBN: 079231526X
Published: February 1992
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £130.00

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A study of the history of mine warfare at sea from the earliest days to the present time, this work should be of interest to military lawyers and to all those concerned with the conduct and control of warfare. At the technical level, it is intended for laymen. While there is a chapter dealing with many technical matters relating to both mine warfare at sea and mine countermeasures, the sole purpose of that chapter is to give the non-technician, whether naval officer or civilian, a basic understanding of various categories of sea mines and their accessories and of mine countermeasure gear.;It assumes that, like the author, the reader will have a minimum of electrical and mechanical knowledge. However, it is believed that after finishing this volume the reader will have a better understanding of the part that mines have played in warfare at sea in past conflicts as well as the part they may be expected to play in any future conflict.

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Part 1 The evolution of the mine as a weapon of sea warfare - a summary history: early days to the American Civil War; the American Civil War (1861-1865); from the end of the American Civil War to 1907.
Part 2 The drafting of the 1907 Hague Convention on Mine Warfare at Sea: the drafting of Article 1 of the Convention; the drafting of Article 2 of the Convention; the rejection of Article 4 of the British proposition; the rejection of the proposed article on straits; the drafting of Article 3 of the Convention; the drafting of Article 4 of the Convention; the drafting of Article 5 of the Convention; the final provisions (Articles 6 and 7 of the Convention); summing up.
Part 3 Mine warfare from 1914 to 1945: World War I (1914-1918); the period between the World Wars (1919-1939); World War II (1939-1945).
Part 4 Things technical.
Part 5 Mine warfare since 1945: international activities since 1945; case studies; World War II.