Hunters and Killers

Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943
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Binding:Hardback
Published:June 15, 2016
By Norman Polmar (Author), Edward Whitman (Author)

Hunters and Killers is a comprehensive two-volume history of all aspects of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), covering its beginnings in the late 18th Century through the important role of present anti-submarine systems and operations. The first volume discusses ASW operations up to World War II, ending in early 1943, and this second volume continues from 1943 to the present. In addition to tactical and strategic narratives of major ASW campaigns, this work covers the evolution of ASW sensors, weapons, platforms, and tactics.

The second volume of Hunters and Killers begins at the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic, when Allied efforts forced the U-boats to withdraw from the North Atlantic. With cryptologic breakthroughs, growing numbers of escort and long-range patrol aircraft, and new weapons, the Allied anti-submarine advantage mounted quickly. In the Pacific theater, Polmar and Whitman consider the often-overlooked ASW advances that the Japanese made during World War II.

Turning to the Cold War, the authors examine the ASW developments this confrontation inspired in both the West and the Soviet Union. Both the West and the Soviet Union developed submarines armed with nuclear weapons, and each created techniques to counter the intensified submarine threats. Polmar and Whitman discuss the extensive anti-submarine aspects of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Falklands Conflict, and consider ASW developments into the early 21st Century.

The second volume of Hunters and Killers completes the most in-depth history of ASW ever published. Written by two of the most knowledgeable scholars on the subject, it is a must own for anyone interested in naval history.

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Product Details
  • Hardback : 272 pages
  • Illustrations: 48 b/w photos; 2 figures; 3 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (June 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1612518974
  • ISBN-13: 9781612518978
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 X 10.875 in
  • Shipping Weight: 27.18 oz
Praise
  • “The second book of this two-volume series begins at the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic, when Allied efforts forced the U-boats to withdraw from the North Atlantic. With cryptologic breakthroughs, growing numbers of escort and long-range patrol aircraft, and new weapons and tactics, the Allied anti-submarine turned the tide of battle. After World War II, the book turns to the Cold War and examines the anti-submarine warfare developments this confrontation inspired.”—Sea Technology Magazine
  • “The second volume of Hunters and Killers completes the most in-depth history of ASW ever published…and is a critically important and core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university nautical military history collections in general, and submarine warfare supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”—The Midwest Book Review
  • “As a stand-alone work, volume 1 of Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman’s Hunters and Killers is the most valuable and comprehensive work on the subject of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) to date. When volume 2 is released, the complete set will become the standard reference for every aspect of ASW from 1775 to the end of the Cold War.”—Dwight R. Messimer, author of Find and Destroy: Antisubmarine Warfare in World War I
  • “The second volume of Hunters and Killers completes the most in-depth history of ASW ever published…and is a critically important and core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university nautical military history collections in general, and submarine warfare supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”—The Midwest Book Review
  • “Chapters 8, 9, and 10 should be required reading for all submariners—indeed for all senior naval officers. I am unaware of anyplace else (classified or unclassified) where such a succinct compilation of Soviet/US strategic ASW is to be found. Nor such an excellent summary of NAASW. The book should be required reading at the Naval Academy and the CNO needs to put it on his reading list. Bravo Zulu!” —RADM Thomas A. Brooks, USN (Ret.), former Director of Naval Intelligence
  • “The two volumes that make up Hunters and Killers represent an achievement in research and presentation worthy of the time to read them and the price to buy them. No one interested in naval history should be without these works.” — Sea History
  • "These books (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), offer a textbook history of ASW development for historians as well as present-day members of the military." — The Hook
  • “The reader is treated to succinct, well written historical assessment of the technical achievements in ASW. The post WWII period became the sinister Cold War that enveloped the world for 40 years with its emphasis on the concern of a possible global nuclear war. Aircraft with a specific designed for the purpose ASW mission became as important in a country’s order of battle as did the ‘boomer’ submarines. Volume 2 answers whether ASW in the 21st century is ‘in retreat,’ an interesting, thought provoking question. Current surface weapons and aircraft are included in a lengthy but erudite presentation that will be valuable to readers. These books offer a textbook history of ASW development for historians as well as present day members of the military.” — The Hook
  • “This in-depth history of the war against the submarine is chock full of detailed research and stories of individual submarines under attack by surface ships and antisubmarine aircraft. It is a highly technical work that offers extensive background on the various weapons developed to combat submarines. Although it deals with complex material, the text is logically written and easy to follow. The authors are acknowledged experts in the field, and their expertise is clearly evident as it was in the first volume.” — Military Heritage Magazine
  • “With two authors such as Polmar and Whitman, readers are treated to a succinct, well-written historical assessment of the technical achievements in ASW. Each volume includes a series of page-length sidebar biographies of important personalities—usually flag-rank officers—whose great contributions, either operational or technical, advanced the field of ASW. These two books offer a textbook history of ASW development for historians as well as present-day military members.” — Naval Aviation News
  • “Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman have risen to the challenge in their second volume on ASW history, Hunters and Killers, Vol. 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943. Focusing on ASW warfare beginning with the turn of the tide in the Second World War and tracing key developments throughout the Cold War, they present an enjoyable study of technological innovation, personalities and events to capture the imagination.” — The Northern Mariner
  • "Polmar and Whitman's two volumes are an amazingly comprehensive history of Anti-Submarine Warfare." - Center for International Maritime Security
  • Hunters and Killers, Volume 1: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1776 to 1943, is a well written, informative and comprehensive work on ASW and submarines…. Hunters and Killers, Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943, provides a foundation for the modern study of ASW and is food for thought for the intelligent naval officer, specialist sailor and defence analyst…‘Hunters and Killers’ is a book for our times. It is highly recommended.” – Australian Naval Institute
  • Militärgeschichtlichen Zeitschrift (print review), a German military history journal, published a review. “For readers who are especially interested in the theme periods for the First World War or from 1945 onwards, the respective volumes offer quite an incentive to buy.” -Translated from German. (Oct. 17)
  • “When these two volumes arrived, [I thought] a set of coffee-table books. Having now read them both, I can happily report that I was wrong and that these books are much more than they first appeared…. Both volumes are well illustrated with photos, maps, diagrams, charts and tables which depict how the hunters and killers fared in the conflicts chronicled…. Recommended.” —Canadian Naval Review

Norman Polmar is an analyst, consultant, and author specializing in naval, aviation, and science and technology issues. He has been a consultant or advisor on naval-related issues to three U.S. senators, the Speaker of the House, and the Deputy Counselor to the President, as well as to the Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has written or coauthored more than fifty published books and numerous articles on naval, aviation, technology, and intelligence subjects.

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Edward Whitman studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later earned a PhD in that field from the University of Maryland. During his 40-year Navy civilian career, Dr. Whitman held senior management positions in various Navy and Department of Defense organizations, including the Sixth Fleet, Defense Advanced Projects Agency, and Office of the Secretary of the Navy. After retiring from the Department of the Navy in 1998, Dr. Whitman was the senior editor of the magazine Undersea Warfare for five years.

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