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There have been many books published about submarine and aircraft attacks on ships. While the torpedo was the principal weapon of most of those submarine attacks and many of the aerial attacks, there are only a few books on this weapon. In this book, Thomas Wildenberg and Norman Polmar provide a definitive work on the development and use of the torpedo by the U.S. Navy. Their book begins with an overview of the early undersea weapons developed by Bushnell and Fulton, the spar torpedo of the Civil War and attempts to imitate the Whitehead torpedo, and then focuses on American torpedo development for use from submarines, surface warships and small combatants, and aircraft.
Thomas Wildenberg is a historian specializing in the development of naval aviation and logistics at sea. He is the author of several books on naval history and the co-author of Howard Hughes: An Airman, His Aircraft and His Great Flight. He lives in Burtonsville, MD.
Norman Polmar is a defense analyst and author specializing in naval, aviation, and intelligence subjects. A resident of Alexandria, VA, he has written or co-authored more than forty books, including the eight editions of Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet.
Praise for Ship Killer
“Much can be learned from Wildenberg’s and Polmar’s research…This book deserves the appellation, ‘definitive.’ Ship Killer is a comprehensive account of the USN torpedo…Recommended.”
— The Northern Mariner, October 2011
“As a reference book, Ship Killer will be invaluable. While the book may not be for everyone, it makes for fascinating reading for anyone interested in that aspect of weaponry technology.”
— International Journal of Maritime History, June 2011