Format Hardcover
Publication Date 09/03/19
ISBN 9781643132136
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 512

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Undersea Warriors

The Untold History of the Royal Navy's Secret Service

Iain Ballantyne

The incredible inside story of the Cold War beneath the waves, pitting British and NATO’s attack submarines against the Soviets.

Undersea Warrior: a submarine designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes.

This 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 British 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.

Iain Ballantyne has covered naval and military issues for prestigious publications published on behalf of NATO and the Royal Navy. His recent books include Killing The Bismarck; Hunter Killers; and Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom, all published in England. Iain lives in England.

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Endorsements & Reviews

"Ballantyne draws on his numerous contacts in the Royal Navy and his deep technical and historical knowledge of the service and its equipment to construct this extremely detailed history of the submarine. Cold War and naval history aficionados will find this a treasure trove." Publisher's Weekly
"Tells the story of undersea warfare entertainingly, without skimping on technical details. The book is full of entertaining and moving stories, especially of the British submariners. An indispensable book for anyone interested in naval history and a great read for everyone else." [praise for The Deadly Deep] Kirkus Reviews (starred) [praise for The Deadly Deep]
"Richly informative and captivating." Booklist (starred)
"A comprehensive history of the submarine. With this overview of the revolutionary warship, Ballantyne ably introduces readers to a subject that boasts an immense bibliography. A great selection for any general interest collection." [praise for The Deadly Deep] Booklist (starred) [praise for The Deadly Deep]
"A prolific author of books and articles on naval matters, Ballantyne has extensive firsthand knowledge of his subject. He also has a facility for rendering nonfiction into a narrative as brisk and readable as a novel...Part action-adventure and part spy thriller, Undersea Warriors blends the writing approaches of C.S. Forester and John le Carré to reveal a world of which few outsiders have been aware." HistoryNet
"Iain Ballantyne plunges you into the thick of the action. This book surely confirms Iain Ballantyne’s position in the front rank of contemporary naval historians." [praise for The Deadly Deep] John Roberts, Royal Navy, author of Safeguarding the Nations [praise for The Deadly Deep]
"This well written and absorbing book clearly illustrates truths about war at sea. I commend it to you." [praise for The Deadly Deep] Admiral Sir Jonathon Band [praise for The Deadly Deep]