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1JimThomson
Edited: Jun 16, 2009, 10:26am

Have just finished Submarines at War;The History of the American Silent Service (1983) and found it to be excellent. Recommended.
It does not mention the fact that more Japanese ships were sunk by Mines laid by U.S. Army Superfortress bombers in the Sea of Japan than were sunk by U.S. submarines in the entire war, although most of these were less than two thousand tons displacement.
But it does mention the sinking of the world's largest aircraft carrier, the IJN SHINANO, which was sunk while sailing to be completed at another port.
The most important thing mentioned was that Japan was brought to her knees by the sinking of most of it's cargo and troop ships, and especially it's tankers, so that by 1945 Japan could no longer obtain fuel from Sumatra, Java and Borneo to keep it's aircraft flying and ships moving. An example is that a convoy left Japan in January of 1945 to bring back oil. That convoy consisted of seven tankers and five freighters with escorts. Only one one tanker and three escorts of that convoy reached Singapore.
I also have acquired Blind Man's Bluff; the Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage (1998). Looks interesting. I may get back to you later with a review.

2worcester
Jul 14, 2009, 4:45pm

Try Clay Blair's Silent Victory. It's an exhaustive study of the efforts of the Silent Service in WWII.

3usnmm2
Aug 11, 2009, 12:57am

#1 JimThompson;

you might like Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew by Alex Kershaw

This is the story of the USS Tang who in her five war patrols sank more enemy ships and rescued more airmen than any other allied ship at that time.
During her final 2 night battle (on her 5th patrol) with two convoys, sank 5 more ships before she was struck and sunk by a defective torpedo. Of the crew of ninety only 9 survived. 4 that were blow off the bridge, and 5 who made the not only historic but heroic accent from a depth of 180 ft.

The story of the battle and the escape read like a Hollywood movie script. But all true. The second part of the book deals with their capture and torture in the Japanese interrogation camp know as the "torture Farm"

The last few chapters deal with their return and not always a happy ending.

Alex Kershaw has wrote an excellent and readable history of a little known and regretfully almost forgotten part of the war in the Pacific.

4usnmm2
Sep 5, 2009, 3:06am

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5usnmm2
Edited: Sep 5, 2009, 3:08am

Just added a couple of books to the collection Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish by Ken Henry and Back from the Deep: The Strange Story of the Sister Subs Squalus and Sculpin by Carl Lavo.
Have both on my short list of TBR's

Also just ordered a copy of Edward L. Beach's "Submarine", been looking for it for awhile.