- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047138495X
- ISBN-13: 978-0471384953
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
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Unrestricted Warfare: How a New Breed of Officers Led the Submarine Force to Victory in World War II 1st Edition
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IBM-exec-turned-historian DeRose focuses on officers associated with the legendary USS Wahoo. Headed by Dudley W. Morton and his executive officer, Richard O'Kane, they included George Grider, author of the classic Warfish (1958), and Roger Paine, DeRose's principal informant. Numbering about a dozen in all, they did more than their share to establish the aggressive submarine tactics used in the war against Japan. Some of the material DeRose presents will be familiar to all but naval-history novices, but by drawing on oral history and untapped Japanese sources, DeRose adds considerably to readily available knowledge on his subject. For example, DeRose discloses that most of the men in the water attacked by Wahoo during a controversial episode of Morton's career were Indian POWs being shipped to New Guinea as slave laborers. DeRose also provides a balanced account of the small-group politics of submarine command and a harrowing one of the last hours of the men trapped aboard Tang, which was sunk by one of her own torpedoes. Roland Green
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At the outbreak of World War II, the performance of Americas growing submarine fleet was handicapped by the conservative peacetime training of its commanders. Avoiding risk and evading detection by the enemy were emphasized over engagement in combat. A new type of aggressive, daring leadership was needed. Unrestricted Warfare dramatically documents the transformation of the "Silent Service" into the deadliest fighting force in the Pacific theater.The initial focus is on Dudley "Mush" Morton, who virtually seized command of the submarine Wahoo, breaking ingrained patterns of tentative leadership. Morton devised combat techniques so effective that they set the standard for every other sub patrolling in harms way. Handicapped by torpedoes that frequently failed to detonate, Morton risked a down-the-throat shot at an oncoming destroyer and conducted slashing surface battles won by fire from Wahoos deck guns. Following his furious attacks on a four-ship convoy, Morton returned to port with a broom affixed to the periscope shears: clean sweep. His motto, famous in the submariners elite fraternity, was the terse "Shoot the Sunzabitches." Wahoo sank seven ships in ten days on her next patrol, and six ships on her last. Dubbed a "one-boat wolfpack" by navy brass, Wahoo sailed into the Sea of Japan on her seventh patrol, never to return. Yet, before the tragic loss, Morton had unleashed a final devastating salvo in the form of the officers who apprenticed under him. In an intriguing feat of investigation, author James DeRose traces the legacy of Wahoo through the officers who served under Morton. Many went on to their own commands on such subs as Flasher, Grayback, and Tang. They followed Mortons aggressive philosophy aboard their subs, while developing their own tactics. DeRose, in particular, follows the exploits of the absolutely fearless Medal of Honorwinner Dick OKane and the more prudent, often overlooked George Grider. Only Flasher would survive the war, and Tangs heartbreaking loss is poignantly told.
In exploring the decisive impact of Wahoos officers on submarine combat, Unrestricted Warfare vividly re-creates the daring deeds of this new breed of hunter/killer commanders. Readers will experience a bravado torpedo attack made in hull-scraping shallow water, and emergency dives to rivet-popping depths while evading a barrage of depth charges in "Ashcan Alley." By reconciling wartime combat reports, personal memoirs, and declassified postwar documents from both the United States and Japan, DeRose provides a definitive account of the undersea warriors who waged a new brand of warfare in the Pacific theater of World War II.
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This is an excellent read and I learned a lot from this book about the interactions of clearly driven COs with clearly driven subordinates!
DeRose has clearly done a lot of research and had access to many of the folks that lived the nightmare of undersea warfare. I found his writing technically correct where I could judge and his accounts entirely believable. On a few occasions I found the terminology seemingly in error - but not really off-putting. Also,in some cases it may have been the survivor's error, not the author's. (Example, The Division Commander would never say, "CLOSE the MBT vents ." "SHUT the MBT vents." would be the terminology. ) (One never uses 'Close' instead of 'Shut' for fear of being misunderstood so as to order "Blow."
Thanks to the author for a well written, enthralling, narrative of WWII Command of a Submarine!
So why the delay in the review? In the Notes section is a link to the Warfish.com website - what a fantastic site. LLinks to all kinds of Wahoo and Tang stuff, PLUS another LINK to other links to open up all kinds of stuff. If you have the time, and drill down enough, you c an find a site where you can see photos of ALL U.S. subs built, all the way back to pre-WW1 boats, all the way back to the A1, and going up to WW2 boats and everything in between - all classes. I just finished everything I want to see on US boats, and just starting on Germany's U-Boats, which will take a while.
My only gripe about this book is its' limited scope. The title implies that you will learn about many of the submarine commanders in WWII, but in reality you really only hear of the exploits of a few submarines and their men. If you are a fan of WAHOO,TANG, Mush Morton or Dick O'Kane (which I am) you will enjoy this book. As a matter of fact it probably does a better job than any other book I've seen at covering the controversial treatment of the troop ship incident on WAHOOs' third patrol& the end of Wahoos' illustrious career. If however you are looking for a book that covers more than 3-4 WWII commanders and their exploits then this is not the book for you.
Overall an entertaining book, but again be aware that if you are looking for a book that covers several submarines and\or their commanders their are better choices out there.