The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon Hardcover – October 15, 2001
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...brings to life the real dangers of a liberty ship crew in the Artic Sea north of Russia during World War II....a gripping tale of brave men at sea in the service of their country, working valiantly for the war effort and being ignored by their own government when medals were handed round.―Mike Ramsey in The Roanoke Times, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002.
...Far more than an ordinary story as the narrative includes the American Merchant Marine, US Navy Armed Guard, Norwegian civilians and their daring rescue by Royal Navy destroyers, voyages to Russia, life in Murmansk and finally Convoy RA.64. All these ingredients have been woven into the meticulously researched account by the authors who were determined that this little known story of tragedy and heroism should be made known in its entirety.... A highly recommended readable book and a fine example of thorough research.―Richard Cornish, The Review, a quarterly journal of the Naval Historical Collectors and Research Association
"The authors transport the reader back to 1945 and the situation that the participants faced in that bleak Arctic Sea, through the use of oral histories, personnel interviews, and official reports. The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon is a gripping sea story and conveys the imagery of what it was like to be merchant sailors and civilians caught up in the horror of the Second World War."―Professor Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Department of History, Methodist College
About the Author
Dr. Robert I. Alotta has been writing and getting published since the age of 14. He has written countless articles for academic journals and major and minor newspapers and magazines. Additionally, he has authored nine historical non-fiction works. His doctorate is in American military history. Dr. Alotta currently teaches history at Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA. He is also the director of education and information services for the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office and their webmaster.
- Publisher : Paragon House; 1st edition (October 15, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1557788014
- ISBN-13 : 978-1557788016
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2020
The leaders of the Soviet Union had been suspicious of the motives of the West since the October Revolution during WW1 and the subsequent support of the White Russians by the United States and its WW1allies. Even during WW2 with the U.S. government pouring billions of dollars of material support into the Soviet Union the Soviets refused to share important intelligence with us and went so far as to sequester American pilots and aircraft forced to make emergency landings in Soviet controlled territory. This book describes how this distrust even extended to the thousands of American and British seaman risking life and limb to keep the Soviets supplied and the near paranoia that existed in the Soviet Union during the war.
There are also a few interesting insights into the brutality of the Communists in the U.S.S.R. toward their own soldiers and civilians. This was not unknown in the West at that time, but due to the tenuous nature of our alliance against Hitler the western allies’ propaganda machine tried to suppressed all mention of this treatment. In fact, an argument can be made that the treatment of the Russian/Slavic people living under Stalin in the Soviet Union was much worse than the treatment of the ethnic Germans living under Hitler in Germany.
“The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon” is not so much an epic tale of WW2 combat at sea as it is a human interest story that centers on the crew and civilians of one small ship in a great war. There were thousands of such stories during WW2 and the authors of this book did justice to this one. If you are unaware of the contribution made by the men of the Merchant Marine during the war I recommend you read this book. Even if you are knowledgeable about the Merchant Marine you will find the telling of this particular story both inspiring and poignant.
"The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon"is an excellent addition to any collection of Maritime or World War II history. After spending many years gathering first hand accounts and recently de-classified US Government documents, the author has transformed long ago events into a fast paced and riveting story of struggle and survival on the North Atlantic's deadly "Murmansk run".
This story again reminds us of the sacrifices made by the seamen of our Merchant fleet during WWII. Without their courage and dedication to duty, this world would have been very different from the one in which we have been raised.
I give thanks to my Dad, Dick Burbine and the crew of the SS Henry Bacon, as well as to the men of the HMS Zambesi.
Dr. Alotta -- Great Job -Well Done!