Final Patrol

Final Patrol

True Stories of World War II Submarines

Book - 2006
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The riveting story behind the submarines that wreaked havoc during World War II - from the award-winning author of In the Course of Duty

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.

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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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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