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Ship killer : a history of the American torpedo

Author: Thomas Wildenberg; Norman Polmar
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Thomas Wildenberg and Norman Polmar provide a definitive work on the development and use of the torpedo by the U.S. Navy. Their book begins with an overview of the early undersea weapons developed by Bushnell and Fulton, the spar torpedo of the Civil War and attempts to imitate the Whitehead torpedo, and then focuses on American torpedo development for use from submarines, surface warships and small  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Wildenberg; Norman Polmar
ISBN: 9781591146889 1591146887
OCLC Number: 610838030
Description: xvi, 268 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: The first torpedoes : Bushnell, Fulton, and the Civil War (1775-1865) --
False starts : the first self-propelled torpedo (1869-1890) --
The torpedo perfected : Bliss-Leavitt torpedoes (1890-1913) --
Submarines : the ultimate torpedo boat (1900-1918) --
Battleships made vulnerable : torpedo boats and destroyers (1893-1919) --
Between the wars (1919-1941) --
Attack from the air : aerial torpedoes (1917-1945) --
They were expendable : PT boats at war (1941-1945) --
Torpedoes that didn't work : submarine failures (1941-1943) --
Out ranged : the Long Lance vs. the Mark 15 (1942-1945) --
Victory assured : torpedoes that did work (1943-1945) --
Smart torpedoes : the Fido and Cutie (1941-1945) --
Cold War torpedoes : submarines (1946-1991) --
Cold War torpedoes : surface ships and aircraft (1946-2010) --
The ultimate torpedo : the Mark 48 (1972-present) --
An effective weapon : the ship killers --
Appendix A: Torpedo fire control --
Appendix B: U.S. Navy experimental torpedoes --
Appendix C: U.S. Navy torpedoes --
Appendix D: Maintenance problems causing erratic runs.
Other Titles: Ship killers
Responsibility: Thomas Wildenberg and Norman Polmar.

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Since the start of the 20th Century there have been several thousand books published about submarines and on the order of a thousand discussing aircraft attacks on ships. The principal weapon of most  Read more...

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