Hellcats: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid

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The incredible true story of nine Hellcat submarines assigned to penetrate the dense minefields protecting the sea of Japan. In 1945-with no knowledge of the development of the atomic bomb- American submarine commanders, desperate to avoid an invasion of the home islands, believed that if the Japanese merchant fleet was sunk, the enemy would be forced to surrender. The problem: the ships were protected in the Sea of Japan from American submarines by a seemingly impenetrable barrier of deadly minefields. For the ...
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The incredible true story of nine Hellcat submarines assigned to penetrate the dense minefields protecting the sea of Japan. In 1945-with no knowledge of the development of the atomic bomb- American submarine commanders, desperate to avoid an invasion of the home islands, believed that if the Japanese merchant fleet was sunk, the enemy would be forced to surrender. The problem: the ships were protected in the Sea of Japan from American submarines by a seemingly impenetrable barrier of deadly minefields. For the first time, Peter Sasgen tells the gripping story of Operation Barney, a mission in which nine submarines, nicknamed Hellcats, were tasked with the impossible—get through the underwater mines and decimate the enemy fleet. Success would hinge on a new experimental sonar system that would, with luck, guide American submarines safely past the mines. Drawing on original documents and the poignant personal letters of one brave Hellcat commander, Sasgen crafts a classic naval tale of the heroic submariners and one of World War II’s most ambitious and dangerous missions.
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AMERICA IN WWII magazine
Only a little way into Hellcats, the reader may well find himself wonderin when this story will make it to the big screen. Fast paced, yetattentive to details…Hellcatsmanages to eb both a historical account and a real page-turner…[Sasgen] takes the reader through a voyage that will fire his adrenaline and break his heart.--(Michael Edwards)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234858
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 771,207
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Sasgen is the author of two previous nonfiction books on submarine warfare, including Stalking the Red Bear, a selection of the Military Book Club, and three submarine techno-thriller novels.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    USS Bonefish, A Commander, his family's view point.

    Well written and hard to put down. Story puts together view points of her last Commander, correspondence with his wife, the Commander of Submarine Pacific Fleet, Admiral Nimtz and pieces together the final and unfortunate loss of the Bonefish. It also talks about early sonar called FMS and its role in invading the bays in Japan where the Japanese Navy felt they were untouchable.

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    I served on SSBN's so I've always been interested in the history of our submarine Navy. One of the reasons that I put in for and served on subs was because of the outstanding record our submariners made during WWII.This book just makes me more proud to wear my siver dolphins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    recommended

    it's a good book to read. Peter holds your attention.

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