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How to Hunt a Submarine

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Abstract

The longer title would be `How to sink a submarine in World War II’.

Churchill wrote ’... the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril’. The Japanese Navy lost its war against the submarine, the Allied Navies could have lost their war. Many things contributed to victory. One of them was the new idea of `Operations Research’.

This lecture only discusses simple ideas and only uses simple mathematics. But they were the right simple ideas and it was not easy to find them in the fog of war.

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