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Unseen Body Blows: The "Fighting LST 479" and its Seven Pacific Campaigns, 1943-1945

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Between 1942 and 1945, 1,051 amphibious tank-landing ships were rapidly produced. These were anonymous vessels, slow and unwieldy, and in the words of one crewmember, they looked like bathtubs. At first, LSTs had a reputation of being expendable and of relatively low value, and so were bestowed another, less noble, nickname; “Large Slow Targets.” Put into service to get ...more
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published April 21st 2019 by FriesenPress
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Jackie
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I won this in a goodreads giveaway. Very well detailed book
Steve Susina
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating account of a single small ship and its crew as they helped win the war in the Pacific. If your knowledge of WW2 is based on the big battles and major campaigns, Unseen Body Blows will give you insights into a green crew and a brand new ship took their place in US History.
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I won this on Goodreads Giveaway. I just want to say what an excellent book. I couldn’t put it down. It was very interesting. My husband is going to read it now. I enjoyed it but I think he’ll enjoy it more seeing he’s retired Navy.
Carol
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had initially thought to give this a 3 rating but over time and tearing up at the end when the ship was decommissioned (who would have thought that would be sad for a land lubber!) I changed this to a 4. There was indeed meticulous research done into this book. You can feel the tremendous pride these men had for their ships. That battered bull dog DID deserve every one of its stars, all SEVEN of them!

Thank you to Goodreads for a copy for my review.
Alison  Theodore
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Although this genre is not one I usually read, Unseen Body Blows I found interesting. I was unfamiliar with this type of ship, what they were used for and had no idea what life on one was like. It has made me appreciate and be forever grateful for our past and present servicemen and women who fight for the freedom of our great country.
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Bill Gay is the author of "Unseen Body Blows," the true story of a World War 2 Landing Ship Tank that participated in seven Pacific Campaigns. Gay's background includes 25 years in the Navy, serving aboard two different ships and then as a public affairs officer in the Naval Reserve. After working as a reporter on a daily newspaper, he formed his public relations agency in 1994.