World War II

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STEEL SHARK IN THE PACIFIC - USS PAMPANITO SS-383The United States Navy fleet submarine was the ultimate undersea fighting machine in the Pacific during World War II. One survivor of this unique class of boats, USS Pampanito SS-383, is a living museum at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Pampanito is famous for recovering more Allied prisoners-of-war from a sunken enemy ship than any submarine before or since. This book chronicles the history of the boat from her launching, through the war, to lay-up and restoration.



by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee.

  • Soft cover, 224 pp, over 100 photos and illustrations
  • ISBN 1-889901-16-4
  • Price: $24.95

Iron CoffinsThis unusual book tells what it was like from the other side. Here is the story of a German U-boat commander and what World War II looked like from his view. By the end of the war 28,000 of the 39,000 men in the German U-boat force were lost. The author was one of the only commanders left alive.

Iron Coffins is the plainspoken story that navigates with speed and skill from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the English Channel to the North Sea. A personal account of the sights, sound, and atmosphere inside a U-boat, Iron Coffins is a rare and masterful record of the war from the German perspective.

IRON COFFINS, a personal account of the German U-boat battles of World War II

by Commander Herbert A. Werner.

  • Soft cover,350 pages, 80 photos, illustrations
    and maps. Appendices, glossary
  • ISBN 978-0-306-81160-X
  • Price: $17.50

careless wordThis book is the complete account of the losses suffered by the American-flag merchant fleet, including ships and personnel, during World War II. The losses began on November 8, 1940 and ended on August 14, 1945 when Japan surrendered. But, even after hostilities ended, American ships sank after hitting drifting mines. The battle raged over all the world’s oceans. American merchant ships were ordered to sail alone to the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. They went via the Panama Canal, the west coast of South America, and the Straits of Magellan. Others were convoyed as far as Trinidad, then sent across the South Atlantic alone. Hundreds of ships crossed the Pacific alone, headed for the Pacific Islands under Allied control, Australia or even India.

Included are 820 ships and over 6,600 merchant seamen who lost their lives.

A CARELESS WORD…A NEEDLESS SINKING; A history of the tremendous losses in ships and men suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II 1941-1946.

by Capt. Arthur R. Moore.

  • Hard Cover, 8th printing, updated to 1998
  • 8 ½ by 11, 550 photos, casualty lists
  • Library of Congress Card Number: 82-73552
  • Price: $100

little_shipsThe Normandy invasion was a massive Allied effort ... including six battleships, twenty-three cruisers, 105 destroyers, 1,076 other warships such as minesweepers and anti-submarine vessels, 2,500 landing craft and 2700 merchant ships. One hundred fifty- eight tugs were involved in Operation Mulberry.

Massive as was the assault on the Normandy beaches, it was followed up immediately by even grater increments of men, armor, vehicles and supplies. One or more ports were essential to maintain an even flow of men and material and these ports had to be made from scratch.

The need for secrecy was so strong that very few knew what the entire operation was about. The Phoenixes - enormous concrete caissons as big as a five story apartment house; the Whales - pontoon-supported ramps capable of supporting heavy armor; and the Gooseberries - vessels sunk as an outer line of protection - had to be built or procured at a dozen ports in the United Kingdom. Men were specially trained to operate them, tugs obtained to tow them, combatant ships found to escort them, salvage and towboat experts engaged who were capable of solving these new problems. Little Ships describes the role of tugboats in this massive effort. Without tugs it wouldn’t have happened.

Author Gerald Reminick, through research, interviews, and photos, explains how essential the tugs were.

LITTLE SHIPS, Tugboats at D-Day, Normandy

by Gerald Reminick.

  • Soft cover, 6 x 9, 320 pp., 100+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-53-4
  • Price: $24.95