We Come Unseen, first published in 2001, follows the careers of six Royal Navy submariners from their graduation from Dartmouth's Britannia Royal Naval College in 1963, just after the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Between these dates, it seemed that nuclear war was never far away - and Jim Ring explains not only the nuclear threat and its beginnings in the last days of the Second World War, but why the Polaris and Trident submarines ('capable of inflicting the damage of the bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki many times over'), and their accompanying attack submarines, were critical to avoiding war. Alongside a gripping narrative of the Cold War game of hide-and-seek played out under the waves of the northern seas, Ring gives an account of the history of submarine warfare from its earliest, pre-nuclear days to the 1982 combat in the Falklands.
'A welcome acknowledgement of one of the Cold War's little-known aspects.' Alan Judd, Sunday Telegraph
'An extraordinary story . . . one of the most significant naval books of the year.' Ship's Telegraph
'A remarkable story.' Navy News
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About the Author
Jim Ring is an author and film-maker. Four of his titles are being reissued in Faber Finds: Erskine Childers; How the English Made the Alps; We Come Unseen: The Untold Story of Britain's Cold War Submariners; Riviera: The Rise and Rise of the C te d'Azur., Jim Ring's 1996 d but, Erskine Childers, won the Marsh Prize for biography. It was followed by How the English Made the Alps which was described as 'fascinating' by the Daily Telegraph and 'evocative and entertaining' by the Financial Times. His collective biography of Britain's leading Cold War submariners, We Come Unseen, won the Mountbatten Prize and was called 'a welcome acknowledgement of one of the Cold War's little-known aspects' by the Sunday Telegraph.
Table of ContentsPart 1 Absolute Beginners
The Shadow Falls
"No Occupation For A Gentleman"
"God Grant The Weapon Never Be Used".
Part 2 First Command: First Lieutenant
Part 3 Men At Arms
The Veincento De Mayo
Head To Head
Laast Sie Nad Berlin Commen
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well told, documented and very hard to put down. While a lot of it is based on peacetime, it was hard not to be engrossed in the history and the personal lives of six Officer Cadets joining Dartmouth back in '63, and joining them on their Naval careers which ultimately led to nuclear subs for the RN. The narrative on The Falkland's conflict is one of the best I have read...purely from a Naval and tactical point. And thier viewpoint of the Russian nuclear deterrent is a revelation.