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Fire When Ready, Gridley! : Great Naval Stories from Manila Bay to Vietnam

William H. Honan

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ISBN 10: 0312087780 / ISBN 13: 9780312087784
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[ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: NONE ] [ Edition: first ] Publisher: St Martins Pr Pub Date: 1/1/1993 Binding: Hardcover Pages: 364 first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 4927507

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A history of naval warfare discusses the greatest sea battles of the twentieth century, discussing Jutland, Pearl Harbor, the Falkland Islands, and Vietnam, and features the comments of figures ranging from Churchill to Kipling to C. S. Forester.

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Honan, the chief cultural correspondent for the New York Times , calls upon combatants, journalists, historians and statesmen to sketch famous naval battles, and the accounts he assembles convey the physical and moral demands of war with an immediacy rarely matched by more orthodox histories. Joseph L. Stickney, a reporter for the New York Herald , stood alongside Commodore George Dewey when he gave the eponymous order that started the Spanish-American War in 1898. Rudyard Kipling as well as Georg von Hase, first gunnery officer of the German battle cruiser Derfflinger , observe the destruction of English battle ships during the 1916 Battle of Jutland; Sir Roger Keyes, then vice admiral of the British navy, describes the 1918 St. George's Day raid on German U-boat pens in occupied Belgium; Samuel Eliot Morison, the official historian of naval operations during WW II, discusses the raid on Pearl Harbor. Perhaps the most wrenching entry is contributed by Marilyn Elkin, who spent 24 years pursuing the fate of her husband, declared missing in Vietnam: in 1990 Navy Lieutenant Frank Elkins's remains were finally identified and returned to the U.S. for burial. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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