Final Patrol

Final Patrol

True Stories of World War II Submarines

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : c2006
ISBN: 9780451219510
0451219511
Branch Call Number: ANF 940.54510973 KEIT
Characteristics: 331 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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pieterz
Nov 22, 2011

Interesting to read the real stories about these submarines and their submariners.
Although the stories are stand-alone, there are many links between the stories as commanding officers moved from boat to boat. Those links are not forgotten and add to the narrative.
The format, covering a number of different boats (don't call them "ships"!), makes this a nice read for those "inbetweenie" moments, when getting back into a big novel may not be the easiest.

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