Crash Dive: A Collection of Submarine Stories
They are the ultimate unseen deterrent in modern warfare. Thousands of tons of steel, missiles, torpedoes, and men, lurking silently hundreds of feet underwater, able to lie off any coastline and unleash a devastating hail of destruction with pinpoint accuracy. They are the true masters of the oceans, bringing hostile military sea traffic to a standstill, striking swift
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In the year 1963, the submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) sank and was lost at sea during deep-diving tests off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There were no survivors.
My lively imagination tried to capture a mental picture of the tense moments those men felt prior to the implosion, but I failed miserably.
That failure motivated me to read hundreds of books, one of which was Crash Dive....more
Along with familiar submarine warfare writers such as Americans Edward L. Beach and Edward Young, Bond has also selected British, German, and Russian writers to help describe submarine combat d...more
By Larry Bond
Published In: New York, NY
Submariners and submarine warfare. Ready at a moment’s notice. Lurking unseen, silent, ready to unleash their torpedos on the enemy. World War 2 and the Cold War vignettes.
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In the final story in the book, when the USSR put Captain Shevchenko’s plan into moti...more
There are scenes of unnerving tracking of contacts and then running from some when found out. Scenes of torpedoing enemy cargo ships, only to find out they carried hindreds of "friendly" prisoners. Then the scenes of trying to pick up as...more
This is a collection of short stories about submarine warfare. The stories were, for the most part, penned by the men who lived them. The statistics showing the loss of boats and lives were daunting. The stories show the character and courage of the sailors that were courageous enough to fight our countries enemies from beneath the sea.
I didn’t know that submariners were all volunteers nor did I realize how much submarine action took place on the surface of the sea rathe...more
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My favorite story in the book is Accident on K-219, where in October 1986 a Soviet nuclear submarine carrying 15-16 missiles equipped with 34 nuclear warheads experienced an explosion and fire in one of its missile tubes while on patrol near Bermuda. K-219's twin nuclear re...more
The book is a collection of 15 true submarine stories from WWII to the cold war and accounts of exploring to the North Pole. The stories put you in the submarine privy to some of the stresses, tactics, and conditions experienced by the crew members. Some of the stories are from the perspective of the Nazi's or the Soviet Union.
The book includes a short biography on each...more