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A lasting tribute to the USS Enterprise, this heavily illustrated, new edition tells the classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other warship to the naval victory in the Pacific. The original book, published in 1962, has remained one of the most celebrated World War II stories for more than four decades. The Big E participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan and earned a total of twenty battle stars. The Halsey-Doolittle Raid; the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf; and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa are all faithfully recorded from the viewpoint of the men who served her so well. This superb study of a great ship, her crew, and the action they saw has been called one of the finest pieces of naval writing to emerge from the war. Author Edward Stafford mined genuine nuggets from the mountain of research and lengthy interviews he conducted to write this book. He answers questions such as: What was it like to be inside the cockpit of a Dauntless dive bomber as it bored in on its target or what kind effort was required to unstick the ship's huge rudder when it was damaged by a bomb? Literate and scholarly as well as highly dramatic, the book will appeal to historians and the general public alike.
A lasting memorial to the USS "Enterprise, " this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship in the naval victory in the Pacific has remained a favorite World War II story for more than 25 years. 32 photos. 5 maps.
In a wartime Navy of giant carriers and battleships, tiny wooden subchasers did not command much attention. Yet these 110-foot warships, manned mostly by inexperienced reservists, performed vital chores for the fleet everywhere there was action in World War II. They led landing craft right up to the assault beaches, protected them from fire, fought off air attacks, swept for mines, laid down smoke screens, and patrolled the sea for killer submarines. One such doughty little ship, subchaser 692, is the subject of this book. Told by 692's commanding officer Ed Stafford, then a twenty-four-year-old lieutenant (jg) on his first warship, the story follows the thirty-man crew as they scrapped their way through the war, including action during the July 1943 invasion of Sicily. Filled with humor, tension, poignancy, and moments of high drama, this volume leaves today's readers with a vivid image of life on a very small ship in a very big war. Edward P. Stafford, now a retired U.S. Navy commander, is the author of several books, including the best-selling The Big E and Little Ship, Big War. He lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
Manned almost entirely by reservists, the USS Abercrombie (DE343)
and her sister ships did the dirty work of the Pacific War. They
escorted convoys, chased submarines, picked up downed pilots, and
led the landing craft to the invasion beaches, yet they received
little credit and less glory. This book is a stirring tribute to
their heroic efforts, written by a naval officer who served in the
Abercrombie during the war and later became a best-selling author.
First published in 1984, it has long been acclaimed for presenting
a view of the navy as the sailors actually saw it--the joys and
pains, the humor and gravity, the successes and defeats.
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