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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Submarine Commander autobiography, 1 May 2006
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You must read this to understand the submarine war against the Japanese in World warII. It is the pace setter for all the subsequent books by American submarine commanders. It will challenge all your emotions and you will want to read Wahoo also by O'Kane. A great great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Winner, 7 Mar 2010
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Clear The Bridge is, certainly, the finest book of its type & believe me,I have read them all. Written by Richard O Kane, the top scoring American submarine skipper of World War Two, it tells of O Kane's life in both USS Wahoo, serving as executive officer to the legendary Mush Morton and on USS Tang as captain. Morton,s style of operating, where he did not make periscope observations but let O Kane do it, meant that O Kane got his shooting-eye in early, so that when he left the Wahoo to captain the Tang he was already a seasoned periscope operator. This immediately showed as Tang,s score started to rocket from day one. O Kane ,like most of the high scoring submarine skippers on both sides,tended to operate his boat as a submersible rather than a true submarine, carrying out the majority of his attacks on the surface,where his surface speed gave him far more flexibility than being submerged. It is ironic that this tactic eventually ended his sinkings tally when the 24th & final torpedo launched at a freighter tragically circled & struck Tang amidships,throwing O Kane & several bridge crew members into the sea where they were picked up & held in captivity until the end of the war.If you have the choice of only one book of this type then I recommend Clear the Bridge .......by a long way.
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