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Hellcats: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. November 2010

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"Sasgen vividly recounts the pulsating drama of the Hellcats... well-written, engaging, and fills in the last chapter of the Navy's submarine war against Japan."
-Naval History

"A worthwhile addition to most naval collections...Sasgen gives eloquent and accessible accounts for the general reader of the development of the FM sonar, the picking of the submarines, and Operation Barney itself...memorable and moving ...Deserves the commendation well done."

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Peter Sasgen is the author of two previous nonfiction books on submarine warfare, including Stalking the Red Bear, a selection of the Military Book Club, and three submarine techno-thriller novels. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Florida.


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HASH(0x9d33ec9c) von 5 Sternen A Daring Submarine Mission 20. Dezember 2010
Von Jeffrey T. Munson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
By the late spring and early summer of 1945, Japan was a beaten nation. Her supplies of food, oil, and other goods had slowed to a trickle. American submarines were taking an enormous toll on Japanese shipping. However, one area still remained relatively safe for the Japanese ships; the Sea of Japan. The Japanese had mined the entrances into the sea in the effort to keep American submarines out. In 1943, the USS Wahoo had managed to get inside, but she was bombed and sunk. Admiral Charles Lockwood, Commander of the U.S. submarine force, made it his personal goal to avenge the Wahoo. In the summer of 1945, Operation Barney was born.

FM Sonar had been developed to help locate enemy mines which would allow American submarines to successfully penetrate the Sea of Japan. After some initial problems were ironed out, nine American submarines, including the USS Bonefish, were headed to the Sea of Japan.

The subs managed to make their way into the Sea, and in the time that they were there, the group managed to sink well over twenty enemy ships. However, not all was well; the Bonefish was lost with all hands.

Sarah Edge, the wife of Captain Lawrence Edge of the Bonefish, refused to believe the initial news that the Bonefish was lost. She spent the next year writing letters to Lockwood and others trying to find out the fate of her husband. Ultimately, as she received replies from Navy personnel, she began to accept the fact that Lawrence was not coming back. The official synopsis of the sinking indicates that the Bonefish had attacked a group of three Japanese patrol boats. All torpedoes fired missed, and the patrol boats began a lethal depth-charge attack that ultimately sank the Bonefish.

Many questions were raised, by Sarah Edge and others, as to the necessity of Operation Barney. Critics argued that Japan was very close to defeat, so why risk nine submarines on a mission that might have proven to be unnecessary? However, in the final analysis, the mission was very successful, and the loss of one submarine can be viewed as acceptable when compared to the Japanese losses.

I found "Hellcats" to be an informative and interesting read. I've read many books about submarine warfare in the Pacific war, but this is the first book I've found that dealt specifically with Operation Barney. Author Peter Sasgen does a good job of describing the FM sonar that was installed in the American submarines to spot the Japanese minefields, and the action in the Sea of Japan is told in vivid detail.

I recommend this book to readers of submarine history. Operation Barney might have been controversial, but there's no denying the final outcome; the Sea of Japan was no longer safe from American submarine attacks.
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HASH(0x9d33eee8) von 5 Sternen A well written and stirring story of bravery at sea. 1. Dezember 2010
Von Robert Busko - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Hellcats: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid by Peter Sasgen is a gripping story of how the United States Navy decisively took the Sea of Japan away from the Japanese. Well written and thoroughly researched, Hellcats is the story of a successful and forgotten mission.

In June, 1945 many thought the war was all but over. However, the Japanese Navy was still operational though a mere shadow of its once mighty self. However, the Sea of Japan allowed the Japanese to maintain tactical and strategic contact with its forces on the Asian mainland. Nine American submarines were deployed in Operation Barney. The submarines were the U. S. S. Spadefish, U. S. S. Crevalle, U. S. S. Tunny, U. S. S. Flying Fish, U. S. S. Sea Dog, U. S. S. Skate, U. S. S. Tinosa, U. S. S. Bowfish, and the U. S. S. Bonefish. Only the Bonefish was lost in the operation.

Each of these submarines was equipped with FM Sonar a new tool that was useful in finding Japanese underwater mines. Sasgen gives a very credible account of the development of Sonar which was to play a large role in Operation Barney.

One aspect of Sasgen's book that may bother some readers is the idea that Operation Barney was not necessary coming as it did so late in the war. One can easily agree with this assessment given that the war was soon over. However, Admiral Lockwood could not read the future anymore than anyone else. Pursuing Operation Barney and sending these nine subs only made sense given the knowledge available to Adm. Lockwood at the time. Sasgen is very sensitive to this issue of second guessing with 60+ years of hindsight. I don't think that was his objective.

For those that like well written and credible books dealing with the war in the Pacific, Hellcats is the book for you.

Note: Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, USN (Ret). and Colonel Hans Christian Adamson, USAF (Ret). authored the book Hellcats of the Sea. This book also tells the story of Operation Barney. The book is rare but might be found in some libraries. I haven't read it, but it looks like a worthwhile read.
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HASH(0x9e1c12e8) von 5 Sternen Rings True 19. Mai 2011
Von Book A. Holic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my Dad who was actually a submariner on the very mission the book was about. He truly enjoyed this book.
He says it was an accurate account of " Operation Barney ".
I read it as well, it was a good a read... any book recognizing my Dad and every other man who crawled into a sub during world war two as the heroes they are ... I cannot help but love.
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HASH(0x9e1c11b0) von 5 Sternen There never has been a book on submarines like this one! 1. Mai 2013
Von submariner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A great book about the first time America formed a true wolfpack to attack off the coast of the japanese homeland. And the heartbreaking loss of the submarine Bullhead. Having completed the book let me say there never has been a book on WWII submarines like this one. The movie of the same name starring Former President Ronald Reagan & future wife Nancy Davis is an insult to this great book. What seperates this book is it's PERSONAL. The captain of the ill fated Bullhead was just a name to me all these years. Lawrence Edge. But the personal letters between he and his wife are released for this book. You get a true insight never before revealed of the life and inner fears, hopes, dreams and love of family of a regular guy forced to fight for his country because of his strong inner convictions. And this creates an inner conflict. Duty first. But I wanna live because I love my wife & kids very much.Unfortunately Lawrence & his crew perished. And I am haunted by the questions of how his life ended and when did he realize he would never see his wife and kids again. Also we get a bonus insight into Admiral Lockwood known by his men as Uncle Charley. To be blessed by a boss who actually cares about YOU. That was Lockwood. Read the book. Enjoy.
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HASH(0x9e1c10cc) von 5 Sternen I'm torn 30. Januar 2012
Von Pierrepoint - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book deals with the penetration of US submarines into the Sea of Japan in the spring of 1945.

The book gives excellent information on the development of the FM sonar and Admiral Lockwood's unfailing devotion to it's development and installation.

Where the book fails is the almost non-existent tail of the submarines involved in the mission. The book seems to rely entirely on the letters between the only submarine lost in the mission, USS Bonefish and her captain Lawrence Edge, and his wife.

The letters give an emotional tug as Captain Edge speaks of his love for his wife, daughter and unborn child, and his wish to be done with the war and returning to his family.

Outside of each submarine's relation to the Bonefish, there's almost no information on the crews of the other submarines and their reactions to taking on this dangerous mission.

I'm torn about recommending the book, as it does have some good information, I was just left wanting more.
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