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U.S.Merchant Vessel War Casualties of World War II [Hardcover]

Robert M. Browning
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Jun 1996
The battle to control the world's numerous sea routes during World War II was the longest and most decisive of all the war's struggles, but the role played by America's merchant marine in this contest has been largely forgotten. This book provides a complete account of the American-flagged merchant vessels that were lost or suffered war damage and documents attacks on these ships.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557500878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500878
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference. 8 Dec 1997
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Of all the elements of Allied victory in World War II, perhaps the single most vital was American industrial production. The figures speak for themselves: over 5000 new ships carried an average of 8000 tons of cargo for every hour of the war. This unprecedented feat came at a price. Thousands of seamen and over 700 ships went down in attacks by U-boats, aircraft, and mines, in famous invasions and lonely waters.
Their sacrifice is detailed in this impressive record, the entries organized chronologically and listing the date, time, and position at the time of attack, the owner and operator, master, year built, tonnage, draft, cargo, armament, and other details, this information supplemented by a narrative describing the action, casualties, and the fate of the survivors. Highly recommended as essential for the WWII reference shelf, and of interest to all students of that conflict.

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Many thanks to daughter Sue, for this book filled many gaps in my knowledge of missing ships and shipmates. It supplied information on how they died and when. It made me know how lucky I was to survive the war, for I was one of them. I have spent many hours with this wonderful book, and will spend many more. Dale M. Bowen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference. 8 Dec 1997
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Of all the elements of Allied victory in World War II, perhaps the single most vital was American industrial production. The figures speak for themselves: over 5000 new ships carried an average of 8000 tons of cargo for every hour of the war. This unprecedented feat came at a price. Thousands of seamen and over 700 ships went down in attacks by U-boats, aircraft, and mines, in famous invasions and lonely waters.
Their sacrifice is detailed in this impressive record, the entries organized chronologically and listing the date, time, and position at the time of attack, the owner and operator, master, year built, tonnage, draft, cargo, armament, and other details, this information supplemented by a narrative describing the action, casualties, and the fate of the survivors. Highly recommended as essential for the WWII reference shelf, and of interest to all students of that conflict.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, thanks Sue. Filled missing gaps in my memory. PAW 2 Sep 1998
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Many thanks to daughter Sue, for this book filled many gaps in my knowledge of missing ships and shipmates. It supplied information on how they died and when. It made me know how lucky I was to survive the war, for I was one of them. I have spent many hours with this wonderful book, and will spend many more. Dale M. Bowen.
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