An enthralling story of courage and adventure under the high seas Wolf Pack traces the development of one of the most effective naval strategies employed by the American fleet in World War II. Steven Trent Smith recounts the behind-the-scenes struggles of the visionary U.S. naval commanders who sought to adapt the highly effective strategy of using coordinated submarine attack groups, or "wolf-packs," first pioneered by the German Navy to devastating effect. Smith provides vivid profiles of the major players involved and clearly explains the important technology involved. Working from survivor accounts and government documents, he recounts, in scenes packed with nail-biting undersea action, some of the most hair-raising wolf pack operations in both the European and Asian theaters of war. The story culminates in the massive penetration of the mine-laden Sea of Japan by nine boats in June 1945 that marked the pinnacle of the U.S. pack strategy.
Steven Trent Smith (Philadelphia, PA) is the author of the critically acclaimed The Rescue: A True Story of Courage and Survival in World War II (0-471-41291-0) and a five-time Emmy award - winning freelance TV photojournalist with a passion for history.
In early June 1945, nine American submarines slipped beneath the waves of the Tsuchima Strait, picked their way through a dense minefield using state-of-the-art sonar, and entered the Sea of Japan, Emperor Hirohitos "private pond." Over the next few weeks, these relentless hunters would decimate what remained of the Japanese merchant fleet, already driven to near extinction by coordinated submarine attack groups. It was the culmination of one of World War IIs most successful naval strategiesthe wolf pack.
In Wolf Pack, the acclaimed author of The Rescue traces the development of the pack from its origins at the end of the First World War, through its devastating use by the Nazis against British convoys, to the key role it played in Americas victory in the Pacific. Drawing from personal letters and journals, ships logs, official reports, interviews, and thousands of top secret documents only recently declassified, Steven Trent Smith creates a brilliantly detailed history of the people, ideas, tactics, and technologies that made the wolf pack such an effective weapon.
Bristling with undersea action, compelling human drama, and nerve-jangling suspense, this powerful account of the war beneath the Pacific includes unforgettable portraits of the commanders, officers, and crewmen who carried out these extremely hazardous and complex operations. Youll meet Blairs Blasters, Parks' Pirates, Whitakers Wolves, and many others as they stalk the "Convoy College" in search of prey, sink hundreds of enemy vessels, and test new tactics and technologies in the constant drive to perfect their deadly skills.
You'll also meet the visionary German and American officers who transformed submarine warfare. Vizeadmiral Karl Donitz developed the first successful German wolf packs; Captains Charles "Swede" Momsen and John "Babe" Brown created a masterly doctrine of coordinated submarine attack; and Vice Admiral Charles "Uncle Charlie" Lockwood struggled to implement the strategy in the Pacific.
This authoritative account of one of the most important, least-explored aspects of the Pacific war also features scores of memorable anecdotes. Entertaining, engrossing, and meticulously detailed, Wolf Pack is must reading for anyone fascinated by submarine warfare; World War II; or the conduct of men whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity are put to the ultimate test.