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Posted May 8, 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable read. A must read for anyone who has the slightest interest in marine warfare involving the Pacific Theater during WWII. It took too long for this story of heroism to be published. We owe a great debt to all involved.
This story, based on actual events, wends its way through the preliminary foundation into a fateful day in the life of a submarine crew, many of whom had never been on a war-time patrol, and what it took to survive. It exemplifies the qualities of men who, when faced with overwhelming odds, are able to step up to the challenge, overcome fear and carry out desparate measures to survive. A junior officer among the crew was faced with decisions that went against the established standard of never challenging a Captain and in so doing assumed command, inspired the crew members and lead them through an experience of being on "the other side fo hell" and eventually winning. A page-turner that had no lulls. The story honors the volunteers who make up the "silent service."
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Posted June 4, 2010
Exciting and Educational Page Turner
Imagine that you're suffocating from poisonous gas being pumped into the chamber you're locked in. You hear explosions and feel concussions all around. You feel helpless as you are thrust down toward a watery grave. Fear is gripping you, and thinking about a terrifying death is pushing you toward madness. Will you drown or pass out from a lack of oxygen?
War Beneath the Waves by Don Keith is not a Hollywood movie or a fictional horror novel, it's the true story of the submarine the USS Billfish and the men who served aboard her during World War II. They lived and fought in horrible conditions so they could defend America by hunting the enemy in stealth.
Some of our submerged predators were commanded by men whose lack of fortitude put our sailor's lives at risk, and some had cunning skippers who inspired valor in their crews and used their boats to deal punishing blows to the enemy. These commanders had to make up the rules as they went along because although submarines weren't new, we had never used them in such a wartime manner and there was no previous experience for predicting the nature of enemy engagements. Dauntless skippers learned from their mistakes, if they lived through them, and then incorporated what was successful into their rule book.
This book is a great read for all and especially our military. The behavior of the officers described in this book must certainly be used as lessons for our current officer corps. Enemies change and evolve and only a military that is adaptable and sometimes daring can be prevail. This book will improve the crucible in which we test our military before they get to war, and the harder they are tested in training the less likely they are to fail in combat.
You will find this book to be an exciting page turner as well as educational!
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Posted April 18, 2012
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