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A Submariner's War: The Indian Ocean 1939-45 Hardcover – August, 2000

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Michael Wilson is an ex-submarine officer. He lives in Essex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; illustrated edition edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752420135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752420134
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,255,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Corraliza on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read three of the author's previous books: Baltic Assignment, Destination Dardenelles, and Mediterranean Submarine and expected much from A Submariner's War: The Indian Ocean 1939-1945. I was disappointed. Although the author writes with his usual clarity it is very much a lightweight book regarding submarine activities in the theater. Perhaps the scale was too large compared to the previous books mentioned to be properly managed. Submarines mentioned are British, German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, & from the USA. It was not for lack of room even in a 192p book. The text is sparse, the fonts are large as is the margins and spacing leaving much unwritten which could have been included. There are tantalizing snippets of information such as the one U-boat based in Malayasia which was authorized to attack USN shipping in the Phillipines area of operations in late 1944. Interesting patrols of individual boats are described but no further analyses is undertaken. The bibliography is slim which explains the concise coverage.

I truly wished to enjoy and learn from this book..and on occasion did both but with each page I was left thinking more could have been added to complete the framework of the patrols,strategy, effectiveness, command issues,etc. A submarine is only a tool of doctrine and strategy. I did not learn what effect the operations of the nationalities involved impacted shipping in the Indian Ocean.
Recommend only borrowing from a library to read if one is just beginning to read on WWII submarine operations rather than purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor Lazlo on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I first purchased this book, "A Submariner's War" by Micheal Wilson, I was expecting the usual submarine fare (which I always enjoy reading, as I am a "sub nut"), everything focusing on a boat or two and respective crews. But man did it blow my mind with the accounts of various submarines and officers & men from other countries BESIDES just American and British!! You have Dutch, Italian, Japanese, German...they're all in here, not to mention an entire area of operations like the Indian Ocean and exotic places like (then French) Madagascar, --a subject never before covered in any naval histories of World War II that I know of, much less submarines! This book overwhelmed me with anxiety and excitement as I look forward to reading every single chapter ( I just received it yesterday and I only managed to browse through it). I just wish that, like the previous reader had mentioned, there was additional information regarding the specifics of each operation from these boats. A book of this scope should have had at least 400+ pages. Nevertheless, since it's all there is, supplemented by my profound love for submarines compounded by my excitement, I provided a rating of 5 stars. However, I am faithfully waiting for a book of similar dimensions and subject matter to be published in the near future with an astronomical amount of coverage. In the meantime, I shall continue reading this gem which will become an impeccable addition to my library!
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By Lemczek on April 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I agree with another review---this seemed a weak effort at best. I was excited when I saw this book because it is such a rare part of the war at sea. Many other books speak to this in the wider picture, but not much else out there. Seems like a lot more could have been done with this. The author touches on some interesting tidbits but then moves on right away for the most part. By this read, it seems the Dutch mostly just ferried around British special ops teams and I know that wasn't the case. Certainly hope to see something more substantial come out on this theater.
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