SHIP KILLER

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SHIP KILLER
A History of the American Torpedo
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591146889
  • Binding: Hardcover
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  • Number of Pages: 308
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: November 2010
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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

Norman Polmar is an internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence areas. He has participated in or directed major studies in these areas for the U.S. Department of Defense and Navy, and served as a consultant to U.S. and foreign commercial firms and government agencies. He has been an advisor or consultant on naval issues to three U.S. Secretaries of the Navy and two Chiefs of Naval Operations, as well as to three U.S. Senators and a Speaker of the House of Representatives. He has 50 published books to his credit, including eight previous editions of Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet and four editions of Guide to the Soviet Navy as well as U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Ship Killer, and Project Azorian. Mr. Polmar is a columnist for Proceedings and Naval History magazines. He is a resident of Alexandria, VA.

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