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Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II [Hardcover]

Eugene B Fluckey
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30 Jun 1992
The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker. Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships - she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey. This is a gripping adventure chock-full of you-are-there moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events. The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column. Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, Luckey Fluckey relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, video-game style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where the sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship untilit sank. Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (30 Jun 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252019253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252019258
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 18.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,459,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sprightly memoir by a young submarine captain in the Pacific war, written by an old man looking back as a retired admiral, perhaps a bit amazed at the feats of his reckless youth." -- Thomas E. Ricks, The Washington Post Book World

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Eugene B. Flucky has made a wonderful account of his own interesting career and that of the men with whome he served and the ships on which he served. The descriptions of attacks are in such great detail that you feel as though you are in the conning tower of the sub with the crew. Time and time again you are pulled into an event that occured over fifty years ago, but through the story telling abilities of the author you feel like you are experiencing it for yourself. A great buy and a book that I am reading for the second time in less than a year. The only point that I would raise is with regards to the lack of colloquialisms, wich makes reading the book a bit laborious at times. Don't let this frighten you away however because it's a great book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling tail of life on a submarine 28 Jan 1999
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This is a great story is about the life of the crew on the USS Barb and what they went through on there 8th-12th missions. It is a book worth reading and keeping in your Library. It is thrilling and full of suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 27 Jun 1998
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My uncle John Lehman was on the Barb while Fluckey was on for his tours. For me the book hits home even more for that reason. To be able to know to some what my uncle went thru durring the war is very important to me. This book is great
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