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War Patrols of the Uss Flasher: The True Story of One of America's Greatest Submarines, Officially Credited With Sinking the Most Japanese Shipping Hardcover – 1994


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William R McCants; First Edition edition (1994)
  • ASIN: B005E3ML6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JDiver on July 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The USS Flasher's history of her Pacific patrols is exciting, and Flasher was one of the most productive submarines during World War II. Flasher won recognition and awards for the number of ships and total tonnage sunk. This book documents well her patrols, her transit of mined and heavily patrolled straits, her successful attacks on enemy shipping and unsuccessful attacks on her by the enemy.
Yet, perhaps because this book was written by the son of the sub's Executive Officer, it often reads like a series of reports, and the people often appear as cardboard cutouts or cartoons, missing many of the facets that would bring them alive to us. The first C O is presented as a distant and uninvolved, if somewhat autocratic, leader, a generally sound decision maker, if basically conservative (in submarine tactics).
Additionally, the book seems a bit jingoistic- one is given the impression this was absolutely the best submarine in the war, that perhaps none won more awards, which is not borne out by the facts. The travails and travels of the Flasher are of interest to war and submarine aficionados- but when one puts this book down, one feels informed, yet unfulfilled.
This book does fill in some empty spaces- but RADM Gene Fluckey's "Thunder Below" was written by a Medal of Honor winner who was there, and his personality, leadership style and heroism- and that of the crew- shine through. "Thunder" is a book you put down, think about, and go back to read again- it is alive.
"Flasher" never managed to come alive for me- it is a well-illustrated collection of historical and interesting data, worth reading on that basis.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Stratton on December 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
All combat, but particularly submarine warfare and aviation, consists of hours and hours of boredom interdispersed with moments of shear stark terror. If you want a taste of what life was like on a WWII boat, this is for you. It is based on documentation, not uncertain memories and wishful thinking. If you are looking for a novel such as THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, this is not for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert on December 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having been a crew member of the newly commissioned (1966) 2nd USS Flasher (SSN-613) for 3 1/2 years, this book provided me with a more in-depth history of my predecessors. Although this running account of daily war patrol life may be mundane or repetitive to those who have never experienced patrol life on submarines, I found it quite fascinating to learn of what my predecessors experienced during WW II. This book also provided the story around the SS-249 battle flag which was hung (encased) in front of the Mess Deck on the new Flasher. Little did I know during those few years aboard what the SS-249 crew members experienced to provide such a historical flag. I also had the privilege of serving as an Auxiliaryman on an WW II submarine for three years, so this book really brought back a lot of memories. I strongly recommend it to any current or former submariner as a means of learning more of submarine war history or for just going back to "memory lane".
Robert Seigworth MMCM (SS/SW) Retired
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