Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War Off America's East Coast, 1942

Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War Off America's East Coast, 1942

by Homer Hickam Jr.
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Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War Off America's East Coast, 1942 by Homer Hickam Jr.

Slaughter at sea—just miles from U.S. soil!

In 1942 German U-boats turned the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras into a sea of death. Cruising up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, they sank 259 ships, littering the waters with cargo and bodies. As astonished civilians witnessed explosions from American beaches, fighting men dubbed the area "Torpedo Junction." And while the U.S. Navy failed to react, a handful of Coast Guard sailors scrambled to the front lines. Outgunned and out-maneuvered, they heroically battled the deadliest fleet of submarines ever launched. Never was Germany closer to winning the war.

In a moving ship-by-ship account of terror and rescue at sea, Homer Hickam chronicles a little-known saga of courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the early years of World War II. From nerve-racking sea duels to the dramatic ordeals of sailors and victims on both sides of the battle, Hickam dramatically captures a war we had to win—because this one hit terrifyingly close to home.

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ISBN-13: 9781612515786
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 231,134
File size: 7 MB

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Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War off America's East Coast, 1942 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This is one of the best books on ocean warfare that I have ever read! It mentions a cousin of ours who served on the Dione. It's amazing how close the U-boats got to the U.S. and all the chaos they caused. Homer Hickam desribes the events with outstanding and vivid detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hickam's book on the battle against the U-boats along the American east and Gulf coasts is the best of the bunch. And it's a great, page-turning read, too. All the others pale in comparison. I've read them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was made aware of the U-boat war near America's coasts by the superb novel IRON COFFIN by John Mannock (John McKinna), a former commercial diver who actually located one of the lost Gulf of Mexico U-boat wrecks while working for a commercial diving contractor in the late 1980s, and wrote a great story about it. Hickam presents the history of this conflict from a distinctly pro-USA viewpoint, unlike Michael Gannon in his vastly more evenhanded work, OPERATION DRUMBEAT. However, Hickam's work is intriguing, and of considerable value to any U-boat enthusiast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the truth behind Hickam's The Keeper's Son. Both books are excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, the history of the battle against the German U-boats along the American coast during WWII. Hickam writes a fast-paced narrative focusing on the small, brave, but horribly outgunned Coast Guard cutters thrown into the battle. This was Hickam's first book. The Keeper's Son, his latest novel, is an excellent companionpiece for this well-researched and quite amazing history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Very well written. Thank you for your well researched masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well-written book! The writer tells it like the US Government would not in the early 1940's. Today we see all the wrecks on fishing maps but never knew that the U-boats killed these ships at will in the early war years due to our own lack of effort. The chronology layed out here is phenominal and very eazy to follow. The reader gets to feel like the the destruction of these merchant ships, and crew, was at the U-Boat Captains' whim. And it was! A real eye opener for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An awesome book. It was very interesting. Had trouble putting the book down and couldn't wait to continue reading it. It was very surprising to find out that the u-boats were doing so much damage & that the U.S. was doing almost nothing about it. It was also surprising to see how long it took the U.S. to develop sucessful countermeasures against the subs. I would buy this book again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frankly i liked it better than rocket boys--but what the heck--i gave it five stars also. the best book on the subject available. unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Homer Hickams book was simply great. As an active duty Coastie, I really enjoyed the parts about the USCGC Dione. I think a lot of war books try to glamorize war - Hickam doesn't spare any details when telling of the fates of several sailors. For instance several sailors in the book met their ends by ruptured internal organs as a result of depth charges detonating - very disturbing. Also, he discusses several fiery deaths, and the boredom and frustration felt by the Dione's (and others) crew. There's a little here for almost every service - Navy, Coast Guard, and Army too. All in all a great fast read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps one of the most outstanding writings regarding the German submarine offensive off the American coast during WWII. Hickam does not stray from his subject and therefore provides a detailed read about the movers and shakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Long forgotten people are remembered without bias which makes this book all the more worthwhile as Hickam presents us with a great accounting of German victories and losses and America's bumbling attitude then victory.