- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: Presidio Press (17. Dezember 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0891415734
- ISBN-13: 978-0891415732
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 11 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 474.068 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Dezember 1996
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Chronicles the history of the U.S.S. Tang from her launching in 1944 to last fatal patrol nine months later. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
The puzzeling item here is the calm manner in which O'Kane discusses the poor performance of American made torpodoes during the war. From just duds to killing the sub who brought them, these torpodoes were a constant source of apprehension and even fear amoung crew members. O'Kane's frustration does not really surface in this book or in his first effort about his first sub the U.S.S. Wahoo.
To find that two of America's mot successful and famous subs were both sunk by our own poorly performing torpodoes is not only shocking to learn but criminal to know that it lasted almost through out the entire Pacific War.
It soon became evident in reading this story that it took more than just luck to become a successful sub commander. Just finding your position after being submerged the entire day is a major endeavour. Finding ships to sink is not just waiting for them to come to you. O'Kane shows the hard work involved in piloting a ship in three dimensions with only primitive sound gear. Your life and that of your ship dependens on your spatial ability.
Finally, Tang's death as written by O'Kane shows the emotion he had for his crew and that long piece of metal to whick he was so attached.
I wished I could have meet this ship Captain. To not only say thanks for a fine book, but to shake the hand of a real American hero.
Navy Crosses), has taken us along on the
exciting combat patrols of the hottest warship
under the sea, the U.S.S. Tang.
Tang was probably bureaucratically deprived of
the record for enemy ships sunk, but won two
Presidential Unit Citations and was possibly the
most decorated ship in the Navy.
When you read O'Kane's memoir it is easy to see why: this was as fine, highly skilled,
and motivated a group of men as ever sailed.
Their story is well told here, with a good narrative flow which keeps the action moving and respects the reader enough to expect him to follow closely and attentively. This attention is well rewarded; highly recommended for sub fans and students of naval action in World War II.
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The almost seamless integration of the crew, from Captain, through Exec and down thru the lowest ranking member of the team is admirable and would seem to belong more to the realm of fiction than reality. If it were not so fully documented, it would hardly be credible.
A must read for war buffs, and anyone who loves adventure and suspense; Twentieth Century war when it was still "seat of the pants" and at the inception of modern technology
"Clear The Bridge" privides a well written and consise chronology of the operations of Tang. O'Kane personalizes Tang's history by including some of the stories of the men who served on her.
We first met O'Kane in the pages of "Wahoo" commanded by "Mush Morton". O'Kane credits much of his success to the training he received serving under Morton as Executive Officer.
The book is a microcosm of the great conflict that was WW II. The Allies won the conflict through the courage and agressiveness of men like O'Kane and her crew.
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I have already read this book once and now I am reading it for the second time. Richard O'Kane takes you through the boredom and the intensity of what it was like to serve aboard... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 23. August 1999 von email@example.com
As I read this account of the patrols of the U.S.S. Tang, I was there with the gallant skipper and the crew. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 9. August 1999 veröffentlicht
A must read for any submarine enthusiast. This book will give any reader a better appreciation for the W.W.II submariner, as well as his contemporary counterpart. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 4. August 1999 veröffentlicht
This book makes you feel like you're there. It gives the why's and what's of submarine action. You know not only what the skipper thinks but why he thinks that way. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 13. November 1998 veröffentlicht
As a former submariner I have read both his books. This one and the one he wrote on the Wahoo. I was a former Senior Chief Radioman on the diesels starting in 1956 and these... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 14. Juni 1998 veröffentlicht