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Hunter Killers: The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service

Iain Ballantyne

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Prose: non-fiction, History, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Maritime history, The Cold War

HUNTER KILLER: a submarine designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes.

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.

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Praise for Hunter Killers: The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service

  • Ballantyne has written an excellent book, presenting many exciting and never-before-told stories from British submariners who served during the Cold War ... it is surely one of the most enthralling of Cold War submarine thrillers - WARSHIPS INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW

  • Ballantyne has persuaded former submarine captains to share not only their stories about life aboard what German wartime submariners called "iron coffins", but also some of the largely unknown details of their deployment, including their crucial role in the Cold War - DAILY EXPRESS

  • I've found no other book that delves so comprehensively into the underwater battle space during those tense years

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Iain Ballantyne

Having written about the global activities of the Royal Navy for more than 20 years, Iain Ballantyne has spent time in most types of warship, from nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, to destroyers and frigates. He has sailed in minefields off war-torn Kuwait, witnessed embargo enforcement in the Adriatic and counter-terrorism sweeps in the Mediterranean. Iain has also voyaged into Arctic waters and accompanied Royal Marines on fast boat patrols off Hong Kong. He won an award for his action-packed depiction of the pursuit and destruction of Hitler's flagship, as recounted in KILLING THE BISMARCK, his last book prior to HUNTER KILLERS for Orion. In 2017 Iain Ballantyne was awarded a Fellowship by the UK's Maritime Foundation, one of its top annual awards, in recognition of his immense contribution to the maritime cause since 1990, as a journalist, author of naval history books and Editor of WARSHIPS magazine from 1998 to the present.

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