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Submarine duty in World War II was extraordinarily dangerous: nearly 22 percent of all American submariners who fought lost their lives. What kind of man could face these odds, day after day, in a cramped, leaky vessel hundreds of feet below the surface? Bill Ruhe was one of them. A twenty-six-year-old ensign just three years out of the Naval Academy, he kept a journal on eight action-filled patrols against the Japanese in the South Pacific. Based on his colorful and meticulous notes, War in the Boats vividly describes a unique form of combat and the courageous individuals who could withstand its extreme pressures.
The author's combat operations ran the gamut of submarine actions in the Pacific war. His battles were fought in the three main types of American submarines, or "boats" as submariners called them. Because his experiences were so extensive, his book is one of the most inclusive descriptions of the undersea war against Japan. Moreover, War in the Boats is not the dry work of a professional historian. It is a young, observant officer's impressions of the conflict's effect on a tightly knit and interdependent group of men. A compelling and exciting true story that reads like the best naval fiction, it will earn a place with Run Silent, Run Deep, Das Boot, and The Hunt for Red October.
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The journal from eight action-filled patrols in the South PacificAbout the Author:
Capt. William J. Ruhe, USN (Retired.), received three Silver Stars for his WWII performance and commanded vessels in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He edited the Submarine Review and was a technical adviser to Tom Clancy. He lives in suburban Washington, D.C.
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