Submarine Commander

Submarine Commander

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A fascinating personal memoir of underwater combat in World War II, told by a man who played a major role in those dangerous operations. Frank and beautifully written, Submarine Commander's breezy style and irrepressible humor place it in a class by itself. This book will be of lasting value as a submarine history by an expert and as an enduring military and political analysis. In early 1943 the submarine USS Scorpion, with Paul R. Schratz as torpedo officer, slipped into the shallow waters east of Tokyo, laid a minefield, and made successful torpedo attacks on merchant shipping. Schratz participated in many more patrols in heavily mined Japanese waters as executive officer of the Sterlet and the Atule. At war's end he participated in the Japanese surrender, aided the release of American POWs, and had a key role in the disarming of enemy suicide submarines. He then took command of the revolutionary new Japanese submarine I-203 and returned it to Pearl Harbor. But this was far from the end of Schratz's submarine career. In 1949 he commissioned the ultramodern USS Pickerel, the most deadly submarine then afloat, and set a world's record in a 21-day, 5, 200-mile submerged passage from Hong Kong to Honolulu. With the outbreak of the Korean War, the Pickerel was immediately sent to Korea to participate in secret intelligence operations only recently declassified and never before revealed in print. Schratz's broad military experience makes this a far from ordinary memoir.Liberty was limited, curfews were strictly observed, and problems were minimal. ... We, meanwhile, began the work of demilitarization, traveling by jeep over rough, rutted, and very muddy country roads to reach some of the beached kaiten . Kyushu had been targeted for Operation Olympic, the US. invasion of Japan planned for 1 November 1945. ... The ersatz fuel made of soybeans worked fine, even on US. diesel submarines, but the vast underground storage tanks were empty;anbsp;...

Title:Submarine Commander
Author:Paul R. Schratz
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2013-07-18


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