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1.

The last stand of the tin can sailors

by Hornfischer, James D.
The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour (2005, Bantam)
Description: One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers, creating a microcosm of th ...
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2.

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (2015, Crown Publishers)
Description: #1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitani ...
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3.

Shattered sword

by Parshall, Jonathan
The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway (2007, Potomac Books Inc.)
Description: Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, ...
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4.

Pacific Crucible

by Ian W. Toll
War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (2011, W. W. Norton & Company)
Description: The planning, the strategy, the sacrifices and heroics—on both sides—illuminating the greatest naval war in history.On the first Sunda ...
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5.

Why the Allies Won

by Overy, Richard (1997, W W Norton & Co)
Description: This book devotes a chapter to each of the decisive military campaigns of the war. One is entitled "The Battle for the Seas" and deals mostly with t ...
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6.

Enigma

by Harris, Robert (1996, Random House)
Description: A really good novel dealing with the Enigma code-breaking effort of the Allies at Bletchley Park.
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7.

The Mathews Men

by William Geroux
Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats (2017, Penguin Books)
Description: “Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping."—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat. One of the last unhera ...
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8.

The Big E

by Stafford, Edward Peary
The Story of the USS Enterprise (2002, Naval Institute Press)
Description: One of the more famous aircraft carrier names to emerge from WWII.
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9.

Left for dead

by Pete Nelson
A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis (2003, Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Description: Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men wer ...
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10.

In Harm's Way

by Stanton, Doug
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors (2001, Henry Holt & Company, Inc.)
Description: The story of the sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis by the japanese submarine I-58 on 29 July 1945. The book then describes the terrible af ...
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11.

U-Boat Attack Logs

by Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
A Complete Record of Warship Sinkings from Original Sources, 1939-1945 (2012, )
Description: During WWII over 250 Allied warships from a dozen navies were sunk by German U-boats. This groundbreaking study of 110 vessels provides a detailed ana ...
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12.

Otto Kretschmer

by Lawrence Patterson
The Life of Germany's Highest Scoring U-boat Commander (2018, Naval Institute Press)
Description: Otto Kretschmer was only in combat from September 1939 until March 1941 but was Germany's highest-scoring U-boat commander sinking 47 ships totaling 2 ...
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13.

Liberty Ship

by Cooper, Sherod
The Voyages of the John W. Brown, 1942-1946 (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
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14.

The Boat

by Buchheim, Lothar-Günther (1999, Orion Military)
Description: This well-known novel, stemming from the author's experiences as a war correspondent on U-96, describes a single U-boat patrol from beginning to end. ...
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15.

We Will Stand by You

by Mason, Theodore C.
Serving in the Pawnee, 1942-1945 (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
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16.

Clear The Bridge!

by O'Kane, Richard
The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang (1997, Presidio Press)
Description: The captain of the USS Tang describes in detail the tours of duty on board his submarine.
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17.

Silent Victory

by Blair, Clay
The U.S. Submarine War against Japan (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: First published 1975.
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18.

US Destroyers 1934-45

by Dave McComb
Pre-war classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: o conform to the 1930 London Naval Treaty, plus the successor 1,570-ton Sims class and the first-commissioned 1,620- and 1,630-tonners of the Benson a ...
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19.

Bismarck

by Zetterling, Niklas
A Minute by Minute Account of the Final Hours of Germany's Greatest Battleship (2009, Casemate)
Description: The sinking of the German battleship Bismarck-a masterpiece of engineering, well-armored with a main artillery of eight 15-inch guns-was one of the mo ...
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20.

Hitler's U-boat War

by Blair, Clay
The Hunters, 1939-1942 (1996, Random House)
Description: This first volume of Blair's massive and controversial work covers the U-boat war 1939-1942.
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21.

US fast battleships 1938-91

by Lawrence Burr
The Iowa Class (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: In 1938, the United States abandoned the constraints imposed by the Washington Treaty and began work on a new class of super-battleships. This book co ...
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22.

Blimps & U-boats

by Vaeth, J. Gordon
U.S. Navy Airships in the Battle of the Atlantic (1992, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Describes the use of blimps for convoy patrol and anti-submarine work by the USN during World War II.
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23.

The Silent Service in World War II

by Michael Green
The Story of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force in the Words of the Men Who Lived It (2012, Casemate)
Description: When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the U.S. Navy had a total of 111 submarines. However, this fleet was not nearly as impress ...
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24.

Donitz's Last Gamble

by Lawrence Patterson
The Inshore U-Boat Campaign 1944-45 (2008, Seaforth Publishing)
Description: By the end of 1943 the German submarine war on Atlantic convoys was all but defeated, beaten by superior technology, code-breaking and air power. With ...
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25.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

by Friedman, Norman
An Illustrated Design History (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
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26.

Beware Raiders!

by Edwards, Bernard
German Surface Raiders in the Second World War (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: From the publisher: "This is the improbable story of two very different German cruisers. The sleek and powerful Admiral Hipper was the much-heralded p ...
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27.

Cruise of the Lanikai

by Tolley, Kemp
Incitement to War (2002, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: In early December 1941 in the Philippines, a young Navy ensign named Kemp Tolley was given his first ship command, an old 76-foot schooner that had on ...
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28.

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

by Madsen, Chris (1998, International Specialised Book Services)
Description: Includes material relevant to Operation Deadlight.
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29.

Down to the Sea

by Henderson, Bruce
An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II (2008, Collins)
Description: This epic story opens at the hour the Greatest Generation went to war on December 7, 1941, and follows four U.S. Navy ships and their crews in the Pac ...
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30.

Torpedo Junction

by Hickam, Homer
U-Boat War on America's East Coast (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A fairly well-written book about Operation Drumbeat and its aftermath. One troubling thing is that after each report on U-boat sinking a ship the auth ...
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