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The Fleet the Gods Forgot: The U.S. Asiatic Fleet in World War II (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – August 15, 2014
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He pressed home to me again and again how we roundly got our behinds kicked for a good period of time in 1942. It's good to recall that, and how we came back from behind the 8 ball to prevail.
I bought this book the first instant I saw it...it reads much like my Grandfather's stories. Like some portions of Leyte Gulf which the USN would like to not recall because the situations were created by bad decisions or planning by the Ringers wearing gold braid, it shows, more than any overwhelming victory we had, our character as a Navy and a nation. When the odds aren't in our favor and our backs were against the wall...we came out swinging nonetheless.
Highly recommended. Read it as a companion to the victories at Guadalcanal, Midway, Saipan and Leyte Gulf.
Equipped with antiquated surface ships, a few patrol boats, submarines, and hopelessly out-gunned PBY patrol planes, the US Navy made its presence known in and around the Phillipines. From the beginning the odds were against the Asiatic Fleet and the British and Dutch craft that often accompanied them in battle. In several naval battles the cruisers and other ships went to the bottom after exacting a toll of invading Japanese forces.
Author W.G. Winslow recounts the individual naval and air engagements in seas that quickly became Japanese lakes. However, some of the most interesting portions of the book are those devoted to escape, survival, and navigational skills of downed airmen and crews of sunken vessels.
The first chapters of the book start out rather slowely as an overview of the major actions of the Asiatic Fleet. Do not give up heart, because the subsequent chapters fill in the details of individual caft and their engagements. Be prepared for overlapping of material in some of the chapters as many of the separately chapter-spotlighted destroyers and cruisers were involved in the same naval action.
I received this book as a gift and an sorry I put off reading it for so long. THE FLEET THE GODS FORGOT is proof-positive that allied naval forces gave the Japanese military a few good shots before Coral Sea and Midway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent overview of the Fleet's history and actions as a whole, then a very good account of each ship's actions and fate.Published on April 29, 2014 by John G
Of all the Military books I have read, This rates a WOW! I ask navy Vets and active duty- Tell me about the Battle of the Java Sea -and I get looks.Published on December 21, 2013 by Timothy J. Donovan
very informative text on a little mentioned chapter of the pacific war. big picture overviews as well as individual stories of heroism and perseverance.Published on August 9, 2013 by Joe Taeffner
This book is well wortth reading. It is not only well written, but covers a part of history that is often over looked.Published on January 2, 2013 by Nickolas L. Goevelinger
An outstanding account of the "Lost Fleet" the author brings so many deatils together and ties them in a perfect knot for the reader to understand how the Asiatic Fleet was nothing... Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by K.Schneider
This book covers the period in early '42 when a small hodgepodge fleet of Dutch, US, Austrailian, and British ships tried to stem the Japanese advance. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Brianuspugnatus
The Fleet the Gods Forgot by Captain Winslow is a wonderful tale that needs to be remembered by the Gods and Americans. Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Shawn Marchinek
March 3, 2008
There are several movies in this book! Hollywood couldn't write plots as heroic, tragic and exotic as these real life events. Read more