Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines, 1945-2001

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Submarines had a vital, if often underappreciated, 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. In Cold War Submarines, Norman Polmar and K. J. Moore provide the definitive history of the design and construction of these ...
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Overview

Submarines had a vital, if often underappreciated, 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. In Cold War Submarines, Norman Polmar and K. J. Moore provide the definitive history of the design and construction of these undersea fleets.
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“Polmar and Moore have produced an excellent history of the American and Soviet submarine forces that is both well-written and musters effective evidence to support its arguments…an excellent work for those interested in American and Soviet submarines, and it will be a valuable resource for amateur and academic historians alike for many years to come.”

"A compelling reference material and chronology of submarine designs as well as a look at the radically different approaches of the two competing superpowers."

"Outlining the evolution of the modern submarine in meticulous detail, Cold War Submarines is a serious reference for naval historians and a tribute to sub crews, designers, and builders. . . . The detailed research, personal interviews, and excerpts from declassified reports give the reader great insights into the contrasting ideologies and disparate political-economic systems that drove both navies in the Cold War."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885941
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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 (Brassey’s, ISBN 1-57488-594-4) and Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine (Brassey’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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Table of Contents

1 Genesis 1
2 Advanced diesel submarines 11
3 Closed-cycle submarines 33
4 U.S. nuclear-propelled submarines 49
5 Soviet nuclear-propelled submarines 71
6 Cruise missile submarines 85
7 Ballistic missile submarines 103
8 "Polaris - from out of the deep ..." 115
9 The quest for speed 127
10 Second-generation nuclear submarines 147
11 The ultimate weapon I 167
12 The ultimate weapon II 183
13 "Diesel boats forever" 201
14 Unbuilt giants 221
15 Aircraft-carrying submarines 245
16 Midget, small, and flying submarines 255
17 Third-generation nuclear submarines 267
18 Submarine weapons 293
19 Fourth-generation nuclear submarines 307
20 Soviet versus U.S. submarines 323
App. A U.S. submarine construction, 1945-1991 335
App. B Soviet submarine construction, 1945-1991 337
App. C U.S. submarine reactor plants 339
App. D Soviet submarine design bureaus 341
App. E Soviet ballistic missile systems 345
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    One of the best ever!!

    I just received my copy of the long promised book 'Cold War Submarines: US & Soviet Design & Construction' by Norman Polmar and Kenneth Moore. I spent several hours reading & perusing it, and it was worth the wait. On a scale of 1-10 (I'm a harsh grader), I gave it a 15! Yeah, it's THAT good! The authors spent years interviewing key figures and reading material from both sides of the Cold War. It starts just after the Second World War, and looks at each side's diesel and exotic propulsion plants and designs. Early submarine cruise missile and ballistic missile programs are detailed. In the speed section, Albacore and the Skipjacks are highlighted, as is the early Soviet Papa class of high speed sub, as well as the Alfa class. It examines each generation of nuclear submarines on the two sides (US & Soviet) and the design decisions and compromises made with each class. Many but not all of the very good photos are familiar to those of us who have massive sub book collections, but will probably be new to most with 'casual' submarine interests. There are new, superb line drawings of both US and Soviet submarines throughout the book, with available details of internal layouts drawn in. These include some 'might have been' designs. Such long sought after details as the 1960's CONFORM submarine, a truly remarkable design concept are covered, and there is a picture of a model of the CONFORM submarine (now I can die in peace). This innovative Concept Formulation submarine was killed by Rickover in favor of the 688 class, At last I know what it would look like if it had been built! (no sail!) The two 'gold standard' books in submarine design are Friedman's two volume account of US Submarines ('US Submarines through 1945' and 'US Submarines since 1945') and Polmar's one volume 'Submarines of the Russian and Soviet Navies 1718-1990'. This book easily belongs with these other volumes.

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