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

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"Sasgen vividly recounts the pulsating drama of the Hellcats." - "Naval History"

In 1945, American sub force commanders believed that if the Japanese merchant fleet was sunk, the enemy would be forced to surrender. The problem: the ships were protected in the Sea of Japan by a barrier of deadly minefields.

Here, Peter Sasgen tells the gripping story of Operation Barney, a da
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by New American Library
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Mark Muckerman
Feb 21, 2012 Mark Muckerman rated it liked it
They call themselves The Silent Service with pride, as a badge of honor. They labor in silence; invisible to the world above and elusive as smoke. If successful, their exploits are never spoken of, never reported. If they fail, all they leave behind is a pin on a map and a tag that says "Missing - presumed lost".

In the normally clandestine and closed world of WWII submarine warfare, a "secret mission" was a guarantee that no one would ever know of success, failure, or even that an operation occu
May 28, 2013 Thomas rated it liked it
This is a reasonably well-written book about submariners in World War II. It suffered from the same malady as many popular World War II histories -- lack of historical analysis. It's not so much that I begrudge the author for not providing a historian's eye, but it makes for less of a vivid story. There were far too many discursions into letters home for my tastes. As a straightforward rendition of World War II history, though, it does what I like the most and focuses on individual sailors' expe ...more
Feb 18, 2011 Evan rated it liked it
(same subject as Admiral Lockwood's "Hellcats of the Sea") It can come across as dryly historical at times while outlining in detail the administrative/political/technical aspects of the daring submarine mission, and at others times is an interesting summary/account of various ships' experiences. On the other end, it is touching since it covers the MIA stress and tragedies of the families and their struggle for the truth of what went wrong for one of the ships, struggling to discover the fate of ...more
Adam Smith
I'm an avid reader of submarine WWII history in the Pacific theatre and had high hopes for this book.

I found only a few new morsels of history in this book and was saddened to read about what I think was a needless high risk mission such as this book covers so late in the war.
Jon Josserand
Submarine fans will enjoy this story of a group incursion into the Sea of Japan just before the end of the war.

This military exercise, like some others, is controversial to some today as the second guessing about how the war with Japan should have been brought to a close. Fortunately, only one submarine was lost.

Regardless, the book paints the work of the officers and seamen of this subs with high accord.
John P
Jan 27, 2011 John P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book documenting a part of the WWII sub operations in the pacific. I would have prefered a little more technical information regarding the subs and equipment although I'm sure it's all 'out there' if I were to search. Mr. Sasgen succeeded in catching my interest in the human side of the story, although there are no doubt thousands of sad stories related to the losses of war.
Kevin Turman
Jun 17, 2012 Kevin Turman rated it really liked it
A well written account of a monumental shift supremacy in the Pacific. This book delves into the multi-pronged attempts to end the Second World War. A secret mission which, if successful, would break the back of the Japanese and force their surrender. Sasgen blends the strategic with the personal to paint a picture of the heroes of underwater warfare.
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May 20, 2011 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as decided-not-to-read
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: impulse grab from the library's new books shelf
Unfortunately, this is one of those popular military history books that can't just stick to the facts, or even stick mostly to the facts with a little clearly labeled speculation to try to maximize the excitement. It has to try to jerk the reader's emotions around by emphasizing all the great and small tragedies of war.
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