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

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

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

By 1945, the U.S. Navy's submarine force in the Pacific had sunk over a thousand enemy cargo ships and tankers supplying the food, weapons, and oil Japan needed to continue to fight. Yet this once mighty merchant fleet continued to thrive in the Sea of Japan, where, protected from American submarines by a seemingly impenetrable barrier of deadly minefields, they provided a tenuous lifeline for the Japanese.With no knowledge of the secret development of the atomic bomb, senior American sub force commanders, desperate to avoid an invasion of the home islands, believed that if these enemy ships, vitally important to the enemy's war effort, were sunk, Japan would be forced to surrender.

For the first time ever, author Peter Sasgen tells the complete, incredible story of Operation Barney, the daring plot to penetrate the dense minefields protecting the Sea of Japan and decimate the enemy fleet. The brainchild of the dedicated sub commander Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood, the mission would hinge on a new experimental sonar system that would, with luck, guide American submarines safely past the mines and into the open sea.

The nine submarines chosen, nicknamed Hellcats, were tasked with the impossible—the combined crews of 760 submariners all knew their chances of survival were slim. Based on original documents and the poignant personal letters of one doomed Hellcat commander, Sasgen crafts a classic naval tale of one of World War II's most dangerous missions.

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ISBN-13: 9780451234858
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 785,896
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Florida.

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Hellcats 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TeriJB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's a good book to read. Peter holds your attention.
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