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Iain Ballantyne has written extensively about navies past and present, including visiting warships to report on front-line operations in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific and the Arctic.

A former newspaper and news agency defence reporter he is the founding and current Editor of the global naval news magazine WARSHIPS IFR in addition to editing the ‘WARSHIPS IFR Guide to the Royal Navy’ and ‘WARSHIPS IFR Guide to the US Navy’.

Iain has also contributed to national and regional newspapers, international magazines, as well as to television news, documentary programmes, podcasts and radio shows.

In 2017 Iain was presented with a prestigious Fellowship Award by the UK’s Maritime Foundation for making ‘a truly outstanding contribution to stimulating public engagement in maritime issues.’

Arnhem: Ten Days in the Cauldron 

The story of the famous (and ill-fated) attempt by the 1st Airborne Division to capture the bridges over the Rhine, as part of Operation Market Garden. As told from the perspective both of British soldiers who sought to liberate Holland and civilians from whose homes they staged a courageous (if doomed) fight against Hitler’s Waffen SS.

(Agora, 2019)
E-book and paperback.
375 pages


Hunter Killers

A ground-breaking work on the Cold War undersea confrontation between the Royal Navy’s submariners and those of the Russian Navy. It includes the exploits of daring British submarine captains whose adventures were consigned to the shadows until now. The story takes the reader on voyages in WW2-era submarines under Arctic ice, aboard nuclear-powered hunter-killer boats for espionage missions in Soviet-dominated seas and into dangerous undersea encounters in UK waters, the Mediterranean and East of Suez.

Also published in the USA as ‘Undersea Warriors’ (Pegasus Books, 2019)

(Orion, 2013)
497 pages
Paperback and e-book £12.99

PAPERBACK / ISBN-13: 9781409139010
EBOOK / ISBN-13: 9781409144205

The Deadly Trade

Taking readers on an epic and enthralling voyage through submarine warfare, including how U-boats in two world wars tried to achieve victory, first for the Kaiser and then 20 years later for Adolf Hitler. The Deadly Trade takes us into the post-WW2 face-off between the Soviets and NATO and concludes with Putin’s ‘missile boat diplomacy’ along with the use of cruise missiles to try and decapitate rogue regimes.

Also published in the USA, as ‘The Deadly Deep’ (Pegasus Books, 2018)

744 pages
Paperback and e-book £12.99

PAPERBACK / ISBN-13: 9781409158523
EBOOK / ISBN-13: 9781409158530
ASIN: B0117JD97I

Iain is represented by the Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD) Literary Agents.
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