- Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co.; First Edition edition (1951)
- ASIN: B000R556CU
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,005,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sink 'Em All: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific Hardcover – 1951
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For Pacific War enthusiasts who have already read Clay Blair's comprehensive history of U.S. submarine operations against Japan entitled, "Silent Victory" (published 1975), there will be few surprises in this book. The main benefit you will get is hearing the story "from the horse's mouth." Having known personally, and commanded all the people about whom he writes gives Lockwood's story an intimacy and immediacy impossible to achieve even by the most diligent historian/researcher creating a second-hand history of the topic. It will also give you a feel for what most concerned Lockwood and his staff as the war progressed. In the beginning, the most heated issue Lockwood relates is the performance of torpedoes and their magnetic exploders. He is almost silent, however, on that other most pressing issue early in the war that plagued the submarine service: the "skipper problem." The skipper problem concerned the peacetime skippers who turned out to be inadequate wartime skippers, or any skippers, for that matter, who lacked the combination of equanimity and aggressiveness that was essential to the success of a war patrol.Read more ›
An added note is that this book gives a great view of the war from the perspective of an active fleet commander. Many other great books are out there, but they mostly focus on the activities of a specific submarine, or submarine commander. It's amazing to read about the activities that were performed in the background and behind the scenes to keep those boats out there hunting and sinking Japanese ships.
He goes over the difficulties: old S-boats; bad exploders in torpedoes; wear & tear on both ships and men with a light but extremely serious demeanor. And, he writes about each of the boats & their commanders with both praise for their victories & sorrow for their loss.
PS. It is a good idea to have a browser window open on your computer as you read this book because you will be compelled to go deeper into the history of both the men and the ships that he mentions in this book.
Disclaimer: This is a review of the third printing of the Hardcover Edition of the book as borrowed from the University of Minnesota Library through the Inter-Library Loan System.
The book was written in 1953 and focuses on Lockwood’s WWII experiences. There are no “boyhood home stories”. Lockwood is understandably coy about the new “secret weapons” such as mine detection sonar, electric torpedoes, and the introduction of electronics. He mentions the “secret weapon” the Torpedo Data Computer (TDC) only in passing, and he does not mention the electronic homing torpedo, and just refers to it as a “secret weapon”. Lockwood was a true believer in taking care of his men, by ensuring the best food, equipment and supplies, but also by building “rest camps” where crews on leave could rest and relax in beachside camps.
Lockwood was determined to shorten the war by sinking as many Japanese ships as possible. He was particularly proud of his strategy of focusing on Japanese tankers, as he understood that without oil the Japanese Navy could not function.
Lockwood has a pleasant writing style, and he provides a wonderful narrative from the insider at the top perspective. His predictions of nuclear powered and missile armed submarines were very accurate, as was his prediction of the growth of the Soviet Navy and its underwater fleet.
This is a “must read” for anyone with an interest in the Pacific War.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adm Lockwood was a great man and certainly knew subs as he was COMSUBPAC.Published 13 days ago by Jack M. Kesler
Originally published in 1951, It was written relatively fresh after the conclusion of World War II. Admiral Lockwood does a fine job explaining the difficulties of submarine... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Spark
I salute these stalwarts of my parents generation who served and sacrificed to save the world for us. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John H Wold
As an old submarine officer who resided in Lockwood Hall in the '60's, I was interested to see how he presented this part of history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Michael Emerson
By the officer who commanded virtually all U.S. boats in the Pacific in WWII. He knew all the skippers, the crews, and loved them all.Published 3 months ago by Jonathan
Best book about World War II that I have ever read.
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to read Admiral Lockwood’s experiences. Read more