HUNTER KILLERS will follow the careers of four daring British submarine captains who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe, their exploits consigned to the shadows until now. Their experiences encompass the span of the Cold War, from voyages in WW2-era submarines under Arctic ice to nuclear-powered espionage missions in Soviet-dominated seas. There are dangerous encounters with Russian spy ships in UK waters and finally, as the communist facade begins to crack, they hold the line against the Kremlin's oceanic might, playing a leading role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. It is the first time they have spoken out about their covert lives in the submarine service. This is the dramatic untold story of Britain's most-secret service.
The Royal Navy’s submarine arm, also known as the Silent Service, has won fourteen Victoria Crosses, a higher tally than any other branch of Britain’s fleet. From the dangerous and unsanitary conditions submariners had to face in the early days of the Service, to stand-offs and clashes with the Soviet fleet, the demands on these underwater warriors have always been particularly great. Here, Iain Ballantyne reveals the experiences of several British submarine captains, and of those who served with them, spanning the whole Cold War period. Hunter Killers offers a dramatic and valuable insight into the nature of submarine warfare.
an exciting, thought-provoking and very instructive book, most strongly recommended SCUTTLEBUTT 20140401
Publication date: 21/08/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||21st August 2014|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Military history, Naval forces & warfare,|
Iain Ballantyne has been on both ends of a submarine attack. At the close of the Cold War he was aboard a warship forced to take evasive action in the Barents Sea when a Russian submarine launched a torpedo. He has also sailed under the waves aboard a nuclear-powered attack submarine, at one stage using the periscope to view potential targets during a combat exercise. A one-time London-based defence and diplomatic correspondent for a national news agency, Iain has contributed to coverage of naval and military issues in the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, MAXIM and FOCUS, as well as ...More About Iain Ballantyne