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Under the Red Sea Sun

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"This is the story of a few Americans who at a desperate time early in the war were by their country thrown into the worst hell hole on earth, and then promptly forgotten..."

By 1942, Mussolini’s forces were on the run in East Africa. In order to slow the Allied advance, the Italians used audacious tactics. One included making ports inoperable, leaving the Allies without th
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Hardcover, 500 pages
Published 1946 by Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc.
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Manray9
Aug 12, 2015 Manray9 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii-europe
Under the Red Sea Sun provides an engaging first-hand look into the world of naval salvage operations in a backwater of World War II. When the Italians evacuated Massawa, Eritrea in 1942, they left the largest deep-water port on the Red Sea in chaos. They had destroyed all the shore facilities, scuttled 17 ocean-going vessels in the three harbors, and sunk two floating drydocks and a floating crane. The British didn't have the capabilities to remedy the situation, so the Americans sent Commander ...more
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Jul 24, 2010 Phair rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Read this first for High School Summer Reading 1964 and have always remembered it fondly as being so much more engrossing than I had expected for a non-fiction book about WWII. Bought a copy years ago for nostalgia's sake and I plan to re-read it soon. In my diary I gave it 4+ stars. I bought a used copy years later which I still own... hoping to reread one day.
Kevin Pedersen
Surprisingly readable, considering how in-the-weeds it gets about a salvage operation on a minor (er, less-known) front of the second World War. The first half, describing in detail the tough journey to Eritrea, the apocalyptic climate there, and raising of the first few salvage ships, is particularly good.

In the second half, the story sort of putters around... a few more ships get raised, but the drive isn't as easy to track. And it ends pretty abruptly, though that's not much of a complaint co
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George
Feb 20, 2015 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story about Commander Edward Ellsberg's WWII mission to salvage sunken ships and sabotaged dry docks in a harbor on the Red Sea and the mission's critical role in helping to win the war for the allies. Great motivational ideas for an MBA Management Course (p. 177). Good quote "Experts" (p. 187)
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Edward Ellsberg (1891-1983) graduated first in his class from the United States Naval Academy in 1914. After he did a stint aboard the USS Texas, the navy sent Ellsberg to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for postgraduate training in naval architecture. In 1925, he played a key role in the salvage of the sunken submarine USS S-51 and became the first naval officer to qualify as a deep-sea div ...more
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