Here are some of the finer books I have come across that chronicle submarine badge information.
Available on ebay and scanned here
"This book is a complete compendium of the submarine badges of the world, dating from the Imperial Russian Naval Officer's Submarine School Graduation Badge of 1909 to the new South Korean Submariner's Badge issued in 1996. It covers all countries currently operating submarines as well as those no longer existing as political entities. With over 400 illustrations in color covering over 50 countries from the inception of their submarine forces to date, this book is the most complete reference available. It is a must for the collector, those interested in submarines or uniforms, and the military historian, professional or amateur."
Not in print at this time.
The original source of all of our collecting information. When I started this site up I got permission from Al (and Bill Crosby) to use the text from his book to create my site. I uploaded the Word Perfect file version of the book I acquired into html and this site was underway back in January of 1997. There are still a few countries that still need updating and many scans I have not yet done and uploaded. Thanks to Al, you have something to read on all the countries. Oddly enough, Al no longer collects submarine insignia. Last I heard, he'd sold his collection off to buy a new kiln for his glass making business in Bainbrdige Island, Washington. The book is a little out of date now, but it was the "bible" for many of us for years. I used this book extensively for years. You can see the wear on the corners of mine in the scan.
Available through the US Naval Institute
"The first comprehensive guide to the fifty-seven nations that have had or intend to have submarines as part of their fighting force, this book presents in alphabetical order each of the world's navies with a summary of each country's submarine service. The history, description, and details of all insignia worn is given in depth and is accompanied by full color illustrations of each badge. A definitive guide for both the naval enthusiast and the badge collector, this book is a unique and indispensable reference work."
W. M. Thornton, a lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, served for thirty years in the RNVR. He now works in film and TV production and lives in Middlesex, England.
Available from Amazon.com
"After eight years of extensive research, the publication of this book is a submarine buff and collectors dream come true. This beautiful full-color book chronicles, with period letters and sketches, the developmental history of US submarine insignia prior to 1945. It also contains many rare and never before published photographs, plus interviews with WWII submarine veterans, from enlisted men to famous skippers. Each insignia is photographed (obverse and reverse) and magnified in color. All known contractors are covered plus embroidered versions, mess dress variations, the Roll of Honor, submarine combat insignia, battleflags, launch memorabilia and related submarine collectibles (postal covers, match book covers, jewelry, posters, advertising art, postcards, etc.) 2002 new hard bound, illustrated hard cover, no dust jacket as issued, 6x9, glossy page stock, 532 photos, (most in full color)."
CENTRAL DESIGN BUREAU “RUBIN”
BADGES AND MEDALS OF RUSSIAN SUBMARINES
HISTORY OF CREATION, TRADITIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF SYMBOLICS
1909 – 2002
THE SCIENTIFIC-HISTORICAL DIRECTORY
The scientific editor of the directory “Submarines of Russia” – Russian Academy of Science Professor I. D. Spassky
Picture: The author-composer A. A. Dimitriev
This appendix no. 4 to the directory “Submarines of Russia” represents a compilation of memorable insignia, badges and medals related to significant events in the history of the submarine forces of Russia. The major part of the collection is compiled by employee of Central Design Bureau “RUBIN” engineer-designer Arcady Anatolevichem Dimitriev with additional badges from the central naval museum and St. Petersburg collectors L. I. Gurevich, V. V. Down, U. V. Kusannikovym and A. V. Panovym.
Cover C. B. Lindorf
The exclusive right to the material in this directory belongs to Central Design Bureau “RUBIN”. Publication of materials of the directory without permission from author and Central Design Bureau “RUBIN” will be pursued in accordance with the law
© A. A. Dimitriev, 2002.
© Central Design Bureau “RUBIN”
This is a note that I received from Torkil Nissen and a copy of his translation of Dimitrev's book into English.
I have now completed the translation of A. A. Dimitriev’s fine book on Russian submarine badges. It was quite a big task as my Russian to say the least is very sketchy. However, with the assistance of some good translation software and a good Polish friend I think the translation is more or less correct.
I have enclosed the translation as a Word file for your information. Also enclosed is a short list of Russian words and acronyms related to submarine badges. I have formatted the translation so it fits page by page with the original (in European A4 paper format – easily changed to US letter format).
You are free to use and distribute the translation as you please – perhaps put it on your web-site – as long as you maintain the reference to me. Eventhough the book is protected by copy-right I do not envisage Mr. Dimitriev or the RUBIN design bureau will claim copy-right on translation.
Best regards Torkil L. Nissen Copenhagen, Denmark"
You can write to Torkil at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Available at http://www.shopbulgaria.com/
This small book is the first deep research on one of the rarest Bulgarian insignia - Submarine navy badges. It reveals the lesser known history of the Bulgarian submarine fleet from its foundation up to present days. An intersting reading for both collectors and historians.
Reference books for submarine insignia.