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United States and Allied Submarine Successes in the Pacific and Far East During World War II, 4th ed. [Paperback]

John D. Alden , Craig R. Mcdonald
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September 28, 2009 0786442131 978-0786442133 3
Here is a comprehensive accounting of all United States and allied submarine attacks on the Japanese for which success was claimed or occurred. The expanded coverage focuses on successes by U.S. and British and Dutch submarines in the Pacific and Indian oceans, Soviet submarines, and losses caused by mines laid by submarines. The book also includes details from top-secret "Ultra" messages decoded during the war and recently translated documents that provide correct Japanese ship names, ship type and tonnage, convoy names, human loss numbers and other attack details, as well as a military evaluation of each attack.

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The authors have done a painstakingly thorough job of compiling and assessing the results of thousands of Allied submarine attacks during World War II. This is, without question, the finest available resource for those who want to know and understand the results of those long-ago life-and-death battles. Paul Stillwell, coauthor of Sharks of Steel and editor of Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats. --Paul Stillwell, coauthor of Sharks of Steel and editor of Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats.

About the Author

John D. Alden is a retired U.S. Navy commander and a veteran of three World War II patrols in the Pacific Theater. He has written extensively on naval history, including five books and numerous articles. He lives in Delmar, New York. Craig R. McDonald is director of information and data services within the University Division at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; 3 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786442131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786442133
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by (Military books) November 19, 2009
Everyone seems to agree Axis Submarine Successes of World War II by Jurgen Rohwer is the ultimate published source for attacks and sinkings by German, Italian, and Japanese subs during 1939-1945. The original version, published in 1983, was updated in a new edition in 1999, and that's the current gold standard on the subject. Although the second edition improved the reliability of data, the overall structure and organization remained unchanged.
On the other hand, the original Naval Institute Press version of Alden's book, U.S. Submarine Attacks during World War II, published in 1989, has undergone more of a transformation. Now in its fourth edition, and with a slightly different title, Alden's book includes much more data, features an improved layout, and now appears to be the ultimate guide to the topic. While the 1989 edition included a great deal of information, much of it was flagged as uncertain or contradictory, and there appeared to be some holes in the data. Those issues don't dog the latest version, although Alden himself cautions that, especially in regard to translated Japanese material that has come to him second- or third-hand, room remains for improvement.
How did Alden reach this point? He explains that after his first edition was published by NIP a number of researchers from around the globe began to assist him. Based on that work, an updated edition of 110 copies was self-published in 1999. Following more research and an update to a new database management system, a private third edition of a dozen copies was distributed to a select group of associates. The latest version includes even more information from Japanese sources and brings the book to a new level of accuracy and completeness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is really interesting! August 15, 2013
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I got this one yesterday, and it's really good. It has every submarine attack listed in chronological order, even though the entries are a little confusing at first glance. Once you read the introduction, it's really a simple formula and has loads of info. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for historical information May 23, 2014
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This edition has compiled information from various original sources that are not otherwise readily available. It makes an excellent source to check on submarine activity and especially questionable attacks.
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