Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2004 - History - 407 pages
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Analyzes the development of U.S. and Soviet submarines during the Cold War - Uses materials obtained from the former Soviet submarine design bureaus - Includes numerous photographs and drawings, many never before published, illustrating U.S. and Soviet submarine designs Submarines had a vital, if often unheralded, role in the superpower navies during the Cold War. Their crews carried out intelligence-collection operations, sought out and stood ready to destroy opposing submarines, and, from the early 1960s, threatened missile attacks on their adversary's homeland, providing in many respects the most survivable nuclear deterrent of the Cold War. For both East and West, the modern submarine originated in German U-boat designs obtained at the end of World War II. Although enjoying a similar technology base, by the 1990s the superpowers had created submarine fleets of radically different designs and capabilities. Written in collaboration with the former Soviet submarine design bureaus, Norman Polmar and K. J. Moore authoritatively demonstrate in this landmark study how differing submarine missions, antisubmarine priorities, levels of technical competence, and approaches to submarine de

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Doing a Cold War Paper about Submarine Warfare and this book was great.

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A very comprehensive view of the development of the submarine during the cold war. Starting from the German U-boats from WWII, this book describes the development of submarines through the cold war, including their weapons systems, with close attention to detail. Included are a lot of submarine projects never realised, but still important to later designs. All designs are illustrated in detail, most in both drawing and photo.
This book is a must to everybody more than just casually interested in submarines.


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Midget Small and Flying Submarines
ThirdGeneration Nuclear Submarines
Submarine Weapons
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Soviet Versus US Submarines
US Submarine Construction 19451991
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Page 1 - The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.
Page 1 - More than half a million tons of shipping was sunk in those twenty days; and, what made the losses so much more serious than the bare figures can indicate, was that nearly twothirds of the ships sunk during the month were sunk in convoy. It appeared possible, wrote the Naval Staff after the crisis had passed, >that we should not be able to continue (to regard) convoy as an effective system of defence<.
Page 1 - It appeared possible, wrote the Naval Staff after the crisis had passed, >that we should not be able to continue (to regard) convoy ńs an effective System of defence<. It had, during three-a-half years of war, slowly become the lynch pin of our maritime strategy. Where could the Admiralty turn if the convoy System had lost its effectiveness? They did not know; but they must have feit, though no one admitted it, that defeat then stared them in the face.
Page 1 - The U-boat attack was our worst evil. It would have been wise for the Germans to stake all upon it.

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Norman Polmar is a leading expert on naval and aviation matters. An internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author, Polmar has written more than 40 books, including, with K. J. Moore, Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines (Brasseyrsquo;s, ISBN 1-57488-594-4) and Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine (Brasseyrsquo;s, ISBN 1-57488-572-3). He is a columnist for the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History magazines. Polmar lives in the Washington, DC, area.

K. J. Moore is the founder of the Cortana Corporation, a high-technology applications firm concerned with submarine development. While on duty with the U.S. Navy, he served on board submarines in the positions of weapons officer, engineering officer, and operations officer. For the Navy and in private industry, he has held analytical assignments that involved the study of Soviet and Western submarines and submarine tactics.

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