- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: NAL Hardcover (2. November 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0451231368
- ISBN-13: 978-0451231369
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- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23 x 16,2 x 3 cm
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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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"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."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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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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.
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.
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.
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.