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Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War Off America's East Coast, 1942 (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – April, 1996
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"Homer Hickam is a gifted storyteller...the reader is transported back to those crucial battles at sea to live and die with those seamen." Times-Herald, Newport News, Va.
"A dramatic end detailed account." West Coast Review of Books --Journal of Military History
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In 1942 German U-boats turned the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras into a sea of death. Cruising up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, they sank 259 ships, littering the waters with cargo and bodies. As astonished civilians witnessed explosions from American beaches, fighting men dubbed the area "Torpedo Junction." And while the U.S. Navy failed to react, a handful of Coast Guard sailors scrambled to the front lines. Outgunned and out-maneuvered, they heroically battled the deadliest fleet of submarines ever launched. Never was Germany closer to winning the war.
In a moving ship-by-ship account of terror and rescue at sea, Homer Hickam chronicles a little-known saga of courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the early years of World War II. From nerve-racking sea duels to the dramatic ordeals of sailors and victims on both sides of the battle, Hickam dramatically captures a war we had to win--because this one hit terrifyingly close to home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This part of the war is largely unknown, but played a crusial part in the war.
Homer Hickam wrote out this book wonderfully, making it seem if you were right there with the submarine commanders in battle. What I found interesting about the book is the detail and accuracy of the book. Hickam used sources from the commanders to military officials to write this, providing a complete and accurate history of the U-Boat wars.
Jeff Edwards, Author of "Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller"
Nearing the 3/4 point in Mr. Hickam's book, I took last night off to view the film, "Das Boot," a well-researched German-produced film about a WWII U-boat and crew. Don't get me wrong. The book is incredible, but if you want to spice up the experience even more, "Torpedo Junction" and "Das Boot" (The Boat) make excellent symbiotic entertainment.
The facts of the battles are solid and presented in a narrative that brings them to life in the imagination of the reader.
This chapter of World War II is, perhaps, the least known. Most Americans believe the war took place in Europe and in the Pacific. Torpedo Junction drives home the fact that the Germans were on our coast and in our harbors while the populations of the cities were oblivious to the devastating attacks taking place.
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Very interesting information on the U boats on our Atlantic Coast in 1942! PatPublished 5 months ago by Pat Michaels
Very well writren this book will appeal to many, from divers to u boat enthusiasts to WWII history fans this book really takes you there. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W Fisher
Loved it! Very detailed and well documented. Not dry. Narrative and storytelling accurately conveyed the irony, frustration and, later, successes, of this little known part of a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wilson Rogers
Page turning account of lack of response by the Navy to a critical, long running battle between u-boats and US forces trying to prevent torpedoing of freighter essential for the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniel J. Gartrell
Well written story on a subject that I knew very little about. I was astounded at the amount of details of the u-boat sinkings the author had collected. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lamar W. Reynolds Jr.
I was rooting for the crew of the Dione the entire book! I have read this book half a dozen times, I love it. One of the most facinating reads for me about the U-Boat war in WWII.Published 9 months ago by Deric Dalton
Great detail about a time in history that is not very well known.
Good read and I found it difficult to stop reading the book.