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The Tenth Fleet: The True Story of the U.S. Navy's "Phantom" Fleet Battling U-Boats During World War II Paperback – October, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Richardson & Steirman & Black (October 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931933374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931933370
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Clisham, D.P.M. on February 10, 2003
A great expose of a piece of history not widely know.
A great deal of WW II naval warfare is focused on the PTO but very minimal is written about the naval exploits in the Atlantic.
This publication is a real eye opener of the tremendous obstacles that had to be overcome to win the land war in Europe.
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Winning the Battle of the Atlantic was a very close shave. Had Donitz not gotten cold feet after three U-Boat losses, the invasion of Europe may never have taken place because the Arsenal for Democracy would have had the critical supply of bauxite for aluminum for airplanes and oil for planes, ships and trucks strangled. Its finished products to Europe many never have cleared the East Coast but we would have had 1,000+ artificial reefs! Another appreciation the reader will get is for the value of intelligence fusion to place tactical forces within the range of their sensors and weapons systems parameters to effectively kill the enemy. The Atlantic is a big ocean and for anyone who has hunted submarines its a daunting task. Yet, 10th Fleet racked up over seventy-five submarines in 1943 alone. The book does an excellent job of educating the reader on the Strategic, Operations and tactical level of one warfare area: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). For the astute reader, the lessons learned are directly applicable to today's 10th Fleet and Cyber War in general. Both for the armchair quarterback and professional sailor / Cyber Warrior of today, reading 10th Fleet of the WWII era provides a study both in OODA Loop thinking and fatal flaws that remain with us today because of organizational prejudices and the lack of a good historian on operational fleet staffs!
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By Packrat on January 9, 2011
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Ladislas Farrago was there and describes how poorly the US first responded to the U Boats at the beginning of WWII. Lucky for us Doenitz was so sure of himself that he ran a centralized operation that limited the initiative of U Boat commanders. And lucky that Hitler did not ever put sufficient resources to the U Boats war. This book brings much to light that is not generally known. There was a book out after this one -Black Sunday I believe- that covered some of the same material but this one has additional info. Also, it was written during the cold war so it talks about our vulnerability to Russian Subs.

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