Roy R. Manstan's new book documents the rise of German submarines in World War I and the Allies' successful response of tracking them with innovative listening devices-precursors to modern sonar. The Listeners: U-boat Hunters During the Great War details the struggle to find a solution to the unanticipated efficiency of the German U-boat as an undersea predator. Success or failure was in the hands and minds of the scientists and naval personnel at the Naval Experimental Station in New London, Connecticut. Through the use of archival materials, personal papers, and memoirs The Listeners takes readers into the world of the civilian scientists and engineers and naval personnel who were directly involved with the development and use of submarine detection technology during the war.
ROY R. MANSTAN is the co-author of Turtle: David Bushnell's Revolutionary Vessel and author of Cold Warriors: The Navy's Engineering and Diving Support Unit. He lives in East Haddam, CT.
Preface Introduction PART ONE 1914-1916 Chapter 1 Predator and Prey Chapter 2 The Firth of Forth Chapter 3 Sighs of a Lovesick Mermaid Chapter 4 Hunting Submarines from Shore Chapter 5 A Game of Hide and Seek Chapter 6 Lusitania Chapter 7 America Awakens Chapter 8 Preparing for the Inevitable PART TWO 1917 Chapter 9 America Enters the War Chapter 10 Crossing the Atlantic Chapter 11 The First Tentative Steps Chapter 12 Physics Pure and Simple Chapter 13 A Sound Detector of Exceeding Delicacy Chapter 14 From the Laboratory to Sea Chapter 15 Matters of Life and Death Chapter 16 A "Probable" First Kill PART THREE 1918 Chapter 17 Coldest Winter on Record Chapter 18 The Naval Reserve Flying Corps Chapter 19 Listeners in the Sky Chapter 20 The Crazy American-U-boats Beware Chapter 21 Invisible Light and Other Magic Chapter 22 U-boats Westward to America Chapter 23 America Eastward to the War Chapter 24 Listeners at the Front and Armistice Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgements Author Bio