SHIP KILLER

A History of the American Torpedo
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Binding:Hardback
Published:November 15, 2010
by Thomas Wildenberg (Author), Norman Polmar (Author)

Since the start of the 20th Century there have been several thousand books published about submarines and on the order of a thousand discussing aircraft attacks on ships. The principal weapon of most of those submarine attacks and many of the aerial attacks—both by land- and carrier-based aircraft—was the torpedo. Indeed the torpedo and the mine share responsibility—by a large margin—for sinking more ships than those lost to gunfire and bombs over the past 100 years.

However, only a handful of these books have been about torpedoes. Ship Killers will fill that gap by discussing U.S. Navy torpedo development through the end of the Cold War. It begins with a brief description of the weapons developed for "submarines" prior to the beginning of the 20th Century--the efforts of Americans Bushnell and Fulton, the spar torpedo of the Civil War, and the U.S. Navy's attempts to imitate the Whitehead torpedo. Then, from the beginning of the 20th Century, the book will discuss American torpedo development in peace and during war, and their use--from submarines, surface warships and small combatants, and aircraft, including blimps and helicopters. The book will also covers the technologies and politics involved in torpedo development, and many unusual efforts to deliver torpedoes.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Weapons
  • Hardback : 308 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1591146887
  • ISBN-13: 9781591146889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 X 11 in
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Thomas Wildenberg is an independent historian and scholar with special interests in aviators, naval aviation, and technological innovation in the military. He has written extensively about the U.S. Navy during the interwar period, and his writings have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including the Naval War College Review, Proceedings, and Air Power History. His books on naval history include, Destined for Glory, All the Factors of Victory, Grey Steel and Black Oil, Billy Mitchell’s War with the Navy, and Ship Killer.

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