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Oct 03, 2006
| ISBN 9780451219510
Oct 03, 2006
| ISBN 9781101118597
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Oct 03, 2006 | ISBN 9780451219510
Oct 03, 2006 | ISBN 9781101118597
A gripping true account of submarine heroism, War Beneath the Waves is an inspiring tale of one young naval officer’s leadership and courage under fire under some of the most dangerous waters of World War II. In November 1943, while on war patrol in enemy waters, the submarine U.S.S. Billfish was spotted by the Japanese, who launched a vicious depth charge attack. Explosions wracked the sub for twelve straight hours. With senior officers incapacitated, diving officer Charlie Rush boldly assumed command and led key members of the crew in a heroic effort to keep their vessel intact as they tried to escape. What followed is one of the most improbable and dramatic stories of the Pacific War. Told in harrowing detail, War Beneath the Waves is a pulse-pounding story of a submarine crew’s valiant fight to save their boat—and one man’s astonishing bravery and coolness in the face of seemingly certain death.
During World War II, the U.S. Navy’s submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners. But despite the odds, these underwater warriors accounted for almost 60 percent of Japanese shipping losses, and were a major factor in winning the war. 16 U.S. submarines – and one German U-Boat – that saw action during WWII are now open to the public. Most have been restored and authentically equipped. Final Patrol takes a fascinating look at these subs and the personal stories of the brave sailors who lived, fought, and often died in them. Now, visitors can climb into these cramped steel cylinders, peer through their torpedo tubes, and imagine diving under the sea – perhaps for the last time – to stalk a fanatical enemy who threatened our nation’s freedom.
Don Keith is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books, including the national bestselling thriller Firing Point, soon to be the major motion picture Hunter Killer—starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. In addition to writing, he… More about Don Keith
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