This Week in World War I, February 13-19, 1916

U-14, Gerwan World War I submarineThe Emergence of Anti-Submarine WarfareWorld War I marked the emergence of submarine warfare, and its counter response, anti-submarine warfare, as a critical element of naval operations. Submarines were not a particularly new idea. The concept of an undersea boat had first been suggested by the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. After the defeat of the Venetian fleet at the Battle of Zonchio in August 1499, he proposed to the Doge of Venice an undersea...

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