by Iain Ballantyne
Published in hardback by Orion on 12th September 2013
Priced £20 (eBook £10.99)
The incredible, true inside story of the Cold War
beneath the waves
Official Royal Navy definition - HUNTER KILLER: a submarine designed to pursue and attack
enemy submarines and surface ships.
HUNTER KILLERS tells the dramatic untold story of
Britain’s most secret service. It is a gripping new book that follows the careers of four daring submarine captains – also featuring some of the men who served with them - all risking their lives during exploits that have, until now, been consigned
to the shadows.
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 façade begins to crack, the intrepid submariners hold
the line against the Kremlin’s oceanic might.
Speaking out about their covert lives for the very first time, HUNTER KILLERS is based on exclusive interviews with Cold War
submarine captains. It offers the most revealing and enthralling insider account so far of the most dangerous arena of the East-West confrontation during which humanity hovered on the edge of the nuclear abyss.
Iain Ballantyne has been on both ends of a submarine attack. At the close of the Cold War he was aboard a warship forced to take evasive action in the Barents Sea when a Russian submarine launched a torpedo. He has also sailed under
the waves aboard a nuclear-powered attack submarine, at one stage using the periscope to view potential targets during a combat exercise. A one-time London-based defence and diplomatic correspondent for a national news agency, Iain has contributed to coverage
of naval and military issues in a number of publications, including prestigious yearbooks for NATO and the Royal Navy.
Tim Hale, myself, Doug Littlejohns, Dan Conley and Pitt.k and others
have all been involved with contributions to the author, Iain Ballantyne, for this book which has also used the museum archives. The publisher has given the museum a good discount and they are selling it below list price. It is in the museum shop now and will
be listed as one of their books available via the online shop this coming week. Purchasing it from there would of course be a very valuable contribution to museum funds.
32 Years Man & Buoy
Available in paperback from Amazon ISBN 978-1-17840704-1-0 priced £8.99
Also available from Amazon as a download for Kindle priced at £6.17
In the summer of
1978, a naive young man left school with a few mediocre qualifications, no real ambition, absolutely no idea what he was going to do next, and a job in the Royal Navy wasn’t even on the radar. As for his knowledge of the Navy, the author had only seen
a TV series called ‘Warship’. Just how hard could it be?
32 Years Man and Buoy charts Ian Atkinson’s Naval career through the highs and lows of basic training before spending more than half of his life serving his
Queen and country. The author’s recollections are an honest and humorous account of an immensely enjoyable career. He makes some monumental mistakes along the way as he slowly matures from a barely capable Marine Engineering Mechanic to the dizzy heights
of a Chief Petty Officer Submariner.
Serving on frigates, destroyers and submarines throughout his long career, Ian Atkinson had a lot of laughs and shed a lot of tears through times that were good, bad and sometimes downright ugly. Nobody ever
said it would be plain sailing.