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Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific
World War II submariners rarely experienced anything as exhilarating or horrifying as the surface gun attack. Between the ocean floor and the rolling whitecaps above, submarines patrolled a dark abyss in a fusion of silence, shadows, and steel, firing around eleven thousand torpedoes, sinking Japanese men-of-war and more than one thousand merchant ships. But the anonymity ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published January 1st 2011)
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I am actually about halfway through this book and find the material fascinating and the presentation lively and readable. Not a dry nonfiction history lesson! Why did I pick up this book? I am fascinated by submarine warfare as a subject, this time period in particular, because my father served on four war patrols aboard the USS Atule in the World War II in the Pacific. In fact he served on the diesel boats through the early 60s in Key West, where I was born, and Charleston, where my sister was ...more
An interesting treatise focusing on submarines using their deck guns in surface attacks, with some diversions into the comparative morality of torpedo and gun attacks, the increased empathy with crews of vessels destroyed in surface actions, and the overall fit of these missions into the "big picture" of World War 2.