Submarines and Underwater WarfareBook - 2011
James P Delgado, President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and author of Nuclear Dawn (Osprey), presents a detailed, stunningly visual, examination of the history and development of the submarine and its role in naval warfare, from the first practical experiments with submersible craft to the development of the modern nuclear submarine.
Calling on his training as a nautical archaeologist who was among the first explorers to dive the Titanic, Delgado recreates the story of the sub from the bottom up--that is, through eerie photographs of subs at the bottom of the sea. In addition, he explores submarine technology, from wooden to iron to steel hulls, from hand-cranked to nuclear powered propulsion, from candle light to electricity, from gunpowder "torpedoes" to nuclear missiles Since the time of Jules Verne, submarines have been a topic of great interest to maritime and military fans and Delgado's new book explores all of the submarine's triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures in this fascinating and compelling illustrated history.
Silent Killers examines the history and development of the submarine and its role in naval warfare, from the first experiments with submersible craft to the development of the modern nuclear submarine. The development of submarine technology is studied in detail, from wooden to iron to steel hulls, from hand-cranked to nuclear-powered propulsion, from candle light to electricity, from gunpowder "torpedoes" to nuclear missiles, as are the personalities involved-among them David Bushnell, Robert Fulton, Wilhelm Bauer, Lodner Phillips, and John Holland. Tales of dives, disastrous and successful, of engineering triumphs and tragedies, and of combat successes and failures are all included in this fascinating and compelling illustrated history.
From humble beginnings as small wooden craft such as Bushnell's Turtle during the American Revolutionary War, with the advert of World War II the submarine became one of the most feared weapons of modern conflict as German U-boats launched a campaign of unrestricted warfare on the seas. This fascinating evolution is covered in dramatic detail by renowned marine historian James Delgado.
Today the submarine continues to prowl the seas. With formidable underwater endurance they patrol the world unseen, ready to deliver nuclear strikes at a moment's notice. Throughout the course of the 20th century and now the 21st, submarines have changed to balance of world power, and will continue to do so for many years to come. This compelling history by one of the world's foremost experts is a timely reminder of the power of the so-called "silent killers."