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U. S. Submarines in World War II: An Illustrated History of the Pacific Paperback – August 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1879932012 ISBN-10: 1879932016 Edition: with Animated CD

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: NavPublishing; with Animated CD edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879932016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879932012
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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U.S. Submarines in World War II distills a great deal of information about American submarines, their crews, their patrols, their failures, and their successes into a very readable primer, liberally illustrated with nicely executed diagrams, simple but effective maps, and useful photos.... This is a very interesting and well-done introduction to the submarine campaign in the Pacific with a nicely laid-out, graphic-intensive design. --Stone and Stone - Second World War Books Website

In this highly researched work, Larry Kimmett and Margaret Regis have created a visual record of the U.S. submarine campaign against the island empire of Japan. The book concentrates on war patrols and island engagements across the Pacific Ocean, where most U.S. submarines fought and all confirmed sinkings by U.S. subs took place.... These stories, firsthand observations from war patrols, battle photos, and Margaret Regis' outstanding graphics combine to make a one-of-a-kind and long-awaited record of this incredible chapter in U.S. naval history. --World War II Magazine

This book is a gripping presentation of the saga of the Fleet Boats in the Pacific from 1941-45... If you're interested in Fleet Boats or WWII Pacific, this is definitely a book you're going to want. --The SubCommittee REPORT

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Great pictures, illustrations and maps.
Ray Mussato
Told in an engaging and well presented fashion, no library without this book can consider itself complete on the subject.
Dennis Gobets
I know have a greater understanding of my grandfather's career in the Silent Service; Thanks Mr. Kimmett!!
David C. Wallace

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Gobets on December 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Larry Kimmet and Margaret Regis have produced an outstanding compliation of facts, figures and harrowing stories which serve to underline the incredible heroism of our WWII submariners. 25% of the men and boys who shipped out on sub patrols never came back. Told in an engaging and well presented fashion, no library without this book can consider itself complete on the subject. Highly recomended. You'll finish it in one sitting, but refer to it again & again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David S. Bell on February 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
An interesting read with many excellent photographs and charts, this book provides insight into the development and tactics of US submarine warfare in WWII, as well as life aboard ship and notable characters. However, a major oversight was not covering all the various classes of sub. The first chapter quickly sketches the development from the USS Holland to the S-class and V4, then leaps to the fleet sub, identified only as the Gato class, and never again returns to the subject. Although the actions of Porpoise, Salmon, Sargo, Tambor, Balao, and Tench class boats are given, the reader is left to assume that these were all Gato class boats, odd since Gatos represented only a fraction of the fleet. Still, it is well worth the read. Just have another resource (e,g, Wikipedia) handy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David C. Wallace on October 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
"U.S. Submarines in World War II: An Illustrated History of the Pacific" is a tremendous resource for those interested in learning more about those brave American submarine crews of World War II. The book is packed with excellent black and white period photographs, short personal narratives, and brief descriptions of some of the most dramatic war patrols conducted in the Pacific. If you are an avid reader, novice historian, or had a submariner in your family and want to "get a feel" for "life in the boats" this book will be of great interest to you. I know have a greater understanding of my grandfather's career in the Silent Service; Thanks Mr. Kimmett!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Vaughan on June 21, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought I'd get a book with a lot of photos that I could use as references for 1/72 models of Gato subs. Well, this book has some of those...but...even better it is just full of stories and patrol details and just a myriad of information that is going to take weeks to digest. It is so much MORE than what I expected. If you want good detail for modeling, then the Squadron/Signal publication is your best option. If you'd like a little more than that....this is an EXCELLENT option!.
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