- Hardcover: 581 pages
- Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; 1St Edition edition (December 12, 1949)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870217313
- ISBN-13: 978-0870217319
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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United States Submarine Operations in World War II Hardcover – December 12, 1949
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Top Customer Reviews
First, it is very thorough, and within constraints, very authentic. The author and editors had direct access to the people who'd run submarines against the Japanese. And this is very complete (within constraints, again). Maps, illustrations, and informative tables are included.
But there are those constraints I mentioned. This is the "party line" Navy history of the war. Everyone is a loyal sailor, tried and true, selflessly doing his job for Mom and apple pie. There's little hint of personnel problems, such as the near-mutiny of the officers of the BATFISH, or the political problems which lead to flaws US torpedos, and made it more difficult to identify and fix the problems. Because of wartime secrecy requirements, there's also little or no mention of US efforts to decode Japanese naval traffic. The USS Nautilus is given credit for sinking the carrier Soryu at the Battle of Midway, when it is pretty clear that the submarine contributed little or nothing to the sinking.
Despite my grousing, the book is readable, detailed, and invaluable for understanding the US submarine war. I just recommend that it be supplemented with less biased and more modern books...Clay Blair's SILENT VICTORY would be a good start.
Some war patrols are covered but coverage lacks comprehensive patrol information that was omitted. Notable is the omission is the probable events that lead to the loss of Wahoo and all hands. This is covered as an epilog in Commander O'Kane's book, WAHOO.
None-the-less, this is a good text and reference source, it is far more than a good read.
I would like to have seen more detailed information on these special missions but perhaps the info was still sensitive at the time of writing. I enjoyed the book and it gives anyone a solid understanding of Sub Ops during the War.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read Submarine Operations as a teenager 50 years ago. I later had the privilege of serving on USS Rock (AGSS 274) a few years later as first class midshipman during a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bruce W. Stanton
Got this book for my husband, who is a submariner in the US Navy, as a birthday present. Purchased a used copy since a new copy of this is very expensive. He loves this book.Published 17 months ago by RK
Description of US submarine operations during WW II, mainly Pacific operations.
Covering facts - I also have the book covering US Destroyer operations.
I owned this book once before but sadly donated to a library book sale. All these years later I found that copies were still available so I grabbed it quick.Published on September 2, 2013 by Long Hunter
Roscoe's book presents the history of U.S. World War 2 submarine operations comprehensively in a very readable format. Statistics provided enhance the strength of the narrative. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by GATORSLR