Hunters and Killers Volume 1: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1776 to 1943
Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2015. 224 pp. Photos. Illus. Notes. Index. $44.95.
Reviewed by Colonel John J. Abbatiello, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
In a sweeping, well-written narrative, Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman provide a long overdue survey of a key issue in the field of naval history: anti-submarine warfare (ASW). In Hunters and Killers Volume 1, the authors trace the development of weapon systems, tactical methods, and associated issues—such as intelligence and political context—from the American Revolution through the height of World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic. If the future Volume 2 provides the same descriptive quality, Polmar and Whitman will largely succeed in achieving their aim of filling a gap in the existing literature by providing “the entire history of ASW” across about 240 years of experience.