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Thunder Below! - The Uss *barb* Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

Eugene B. Fluckey

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Genres:

History

Description:

The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker. Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey. This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events. The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column. Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, "Luckey Fluckey" relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, video game style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where the sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship until it sank. Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Corey M. Snow

Length:

15h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

03:44


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

43:20


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

38:28


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

39:35


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

23:02


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

27:28


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

24:13


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

33:57


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

27:15


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

12:59


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

32:31


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

25:25


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

29:46


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

30:35


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

36:10


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

44:10


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

24:28


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

15:00


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

55:20


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

47:20


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

18:19


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

25:20


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

29:28


Part 6, Chapter 23
Part 6, Chapter 23

31:44


Part 6, Chapter 24
Part 6, Chapter 24

28:07


Part 6, Chapter 25
Part 6, Chapter 25

22:14


Part 6, Chapter 26
Part 6, Chapter 26

35:49


Part 6, Chapter 27
Part 6, Chapter 27

45:16


Part 6, Chapter 28
Part 6, Chapter 28

45:58


Part 6, Chapter 29
Part 6, Chapter 29

13:10


Part 6, Chapter 30
Part 6, Chapter 30

18:48


Part 6, Chapter 31
Part 6, Chapter 31

00:52