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The Admiral [Region 2]
The Admiral [Region 2]
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4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is quite good as a narrative on Admiral Yamamoto, April 28, 2016
This review is from: The Admiral [Region 2] (DVD)
This movie is quite good as a narrative on Admiral Yamamoto, however there are a few slight inaccuracies the detract from it. In the Battle of Midway, it completely ignores the American Torpedo Planes which caused the Japanese fighters to come down to defend the carriers. This left the skies above the carriers free for the Dive Bombers to attack. There is no record of any Japanese planes deliberately crashing into the USS Yorktown. It accurately depicted Admiral Yamamoto wearing a green uniform instead of his dress whites <which I thought he was wearing> when his plane was shot down.
The movie is shown from the point of view of a Japanese newspaper reporter and that is another plus. To look at the whole lifestyle from outside the perspective of the military is a good change.

Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of Mush Morton and the USS Wahoo
Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of Mush Morton and the USS Wahoo
by Don Keith
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNDERSEA WARRIOR, October 5, 2012
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If you are interested in a history of the USS WAHOO, skippered by CDR Dudley W. Morton, commonly known as MUSH by his crew and fellow submariners, I heartily recommend this book. It is an easy read along the lines of WAKE OF THE WAHOO by Forest Sterling, her Yeoman who made all the War Patrols except the first and was transferred off the boat at Midway and was the last man to see her before she was sunk. There are two minor errors in the book but they do not detract from the overall story it portrays. One is the author referring to the 4th War Patrol as being in the SOUTH CHINA SEA when in fact it was the EAST CHINA SEA. I cannot recall off the top of my head the other, but if I recall it, I will post a followup.

One thing I would have liked to have seen were more photos. I think the other "error" is a picture labled USS WAHOO IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY WHILE CONDUCTING INITIAL SEA TRIALS...1942 I am pretty sure that is a post re-fit picture taken in 1943 before departing back to Pearl Harbor for her final two runs.

Needless to say, neither of these two errors will cause heartburn. I also recomment for your reading WAHOO by Richard H. O'Kane, who was her Executive Officer until he was detached while WAHOO was undergoing refit to take command of his own boat USS TANG. Adm. O'Kane is also the author of CLEAR THE BRIDGE which tells the story of his boat from construction through her glory days and ultimately her sinking on the night of 24/25 October 1944.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Devil's Brigade Soundtrack, April 19, 2009
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This is a much improved soundtrack than the original vinyl release when the movie first came out. More material has been added to it including alternate title music, jazz standards played in the movie as well as arrangements of some of the Christmas music. It is well worth buying.

The Admiral's Daughter: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures)
The Admiral's Daughter: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures)
by Julian Stockwin
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Admiral's Daughter, October 27, 2007
THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER is the latest in Julian Stockwin's series of novels that takes Thomas Kydd from being a pressed seaman to admiral-status. In this one we find our hero back in command of his beloved HMS TEAZER and for the first time in his career back in home waters.

Not only does Thomas have to deal with "pirates, smugglers and spies....Oh MY"...but his first REAL stab at affairs of the heart. In the past, he has spent time with others but this one can make or break him in "society" and all its perils.

We have the usual interplay with Tom, Renzi and Cecilia with Tom being headstrong in his path and Renzi and Cec being more concerned with Tom's possible crashing and burning than he realizes.

Without giving details that will spoil the reading to some...let me say that Tom's decisions within these pages could bring positive or negative paths to his future. The steps he takes will either make or break him socially and professionally.

Lastly...I think that the author must have read THE CRUEL SEA somewhere in his path as the ending brings me back to that classic tale of men at sea during war times.

I do recommend this book to all who are fans of this genre of writing.

Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine
Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine
by Richard H. O'Kane
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars WAHOO leads them all!, November 13, 2000
WAHOO tells the story of USS Wahoo (SS238) as told by her former Executive Officer. This is the story of the life and death of one of the best submarines and Commanding Officers that served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Written by a man who would go on to glory as Commanding Officer of his own boat (USS TANG), Richard H. O'Kane tells a gripping and factual tale of how the boat went from being a nondescript boat to the best in one patrol. Dudley W. Morton, who took command of the Wahoo after her second patrol threw away the book of instructions and rewrote submarine doctrine for all the others to follow.
The book shows how he allowed Lt. O'Kane (XO) to man the scope during all attacks <"So I will not get scared" he once said with a grin>, how they entered a Japanese harbor and topedoed a Destroyer there. Also in the same patrol "in a fourteen hour running gun battle" She sinks an entire convoy of tankers and transports.
Sadly, in war, the consequences of ones actions can and sometimes do catch up with even the best. O'Kane weaves a plausible tale as to what may have happened to Wahoo when she was sunk. I say plausible because since the publication of this book and the death of Radm O'Kane, new information has come to light shedding the mystery of Wahoo's loss. As she left the Sea of Japan through La Perouse Straits on the morning of 11 October, 1943, she was fired upon by shore based artillery. When she submerged to avoid further gunfire, she appeared to have struck a mine. Japanese air and sea units responding noticed a stream of oil & bubbles and attacked and sadly finished her off.
This book is highly recommended to all.

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