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FREE DOWNLOAD The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour 109 µ “This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected We will do what damage we canâ€With these worOrizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into historyIn the tradition. The history of the U S Navy contains many stories of great valor from Stephen Decatur burning the frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor at Tripoli through David Dixon Porter running the gauntlet of Confederate batteries at Vicksburg to the attack of Torpedo Suadron 8 at Midway but few compare to the actions of USS JOHNSTON and USS HOEL off Samar in 1944 Commander Ernest E Evans demonstrated the “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” worthy of his posthumous Medal of Honor The sea battles known collectively as The Battle of Leyte Gulf may have been the US Navy's finest hour There should always be a USS JOHNSTON USS HOEL and a USS ERNEST E EVANS at sea under the flag of the United States Jim Hornfischer’s book does honor to all the Tin Can sailors It is genuine Five Star material

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U S Navy's Finest HourOrizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into historyIn the tradition. The history of the U S Navy contains many stories of great valor from Stephen Decatur burning the frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor at Tripoli through David Dixon Porter running the gauntlet of Confederate batteries at Vicksburg to the attack of Torpedo Suadron 8 at Midway but few compare to the actions of USS JOHNSTON and USS HOEL off Samar in 1944 Commander Ernest E Evans demonstrated the “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” worthy of his posthumous Medal of Honor The sea battles known collectively as The Battle of Leyte Gulf may have been the US Navy's finest hour There should always be a USS JOHNSTON USS HOEL and a USS ERNEST E EVANS at sea under the flag of the United States Jim Hornfischer’s book does honor to all the Tin Can sailors It is genuine Five Star material

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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour Ë â€œThis will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected We will do what damage we canâ€With these words Lieutenant Commander Robert W Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B Roberts on the morning of October 25 1944 off the Philippine Island of Samar On the h. “When a heavy round from a naval rifle hits a ship and explodes the energy released pulverizes the hardened steel of the shell and swirls up the shattered remnants of surrounding metal decks and bulkheads All of this metal rushes outward on the edge of a wave of blast pressure that a typical shipboard compartment cannot hope to contain The sudden and overwhelming ‘overpressure’ turns the compartment itself into a weapon its remains churning up into a superheated storm of fragmented or liuefied metal The blast wave’s effect on people is horrific It collapses body cavities crushes organs and blows flesh from bone” James D Hornfischer The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors The Battle off Samar on October 25 1944 is a curious incident to categorize On the one hand as James Hornfischer argues it was the United States Navy’s “finest hour” a heartening epic of an outgunned and outnumbered force sacrificing their lives for the greater good On the other hand it was an embarrassing near catastrophe borne out of gross tactical negligence that sent a lot of good men to the bottom of the Philippine Sea In The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors you will hear a lot about the former and almost nothing of the latter As a result this is a very good book with some serious limitations Taking place as a piece of the larger battle of Leyte Gulf – one of the biggest naval clashes in all history – the Battle off Samar pitted a Japanese force of massive battleships six total heavy cruisers six total and destroyers eleven total against a collection of thirteen United States ships including six escort carriers small slow poorly ard three destroyers small fast relatively lightly armed and poorly ard and three destroyer escorts relatively fast poorly armed and poorly ard in an old fashioned surface action reminiscent of the days of Nelson The encounter came about as part of a three pronged push by the Japanese to get their fleet to the landing beaches of Leyte Gulf to destroy the transports disgorging American troops bent on retaking the Philippines A Japanese force under Admiral Ozawa feinted from the north enticing the over aggressive Admiral William Halsey into giving chase with his fleet carriers and fast battleships Meanwhile from the west two Japanese naval columns attempted to force the San Bernardino and Surigao Straits The Japanese were stopped dead at Surigao but the Center Force under Admiral Takeo Kurita managed – with an assist from American bungling – to pop through San Bernardino in such a surprising fashion that they were almost within big gun range of Task Unit 7743 Taffy 3 before they were spotted With the escort carriers taking fire and unable to outdistance the faster Japanese ships the destroyers and destroyer escorts of Taffy 3 tried to buy time by making a headlong series of torpedo runs right into the teeth of the Japanese force which included the Yamato the largest battleship ever constructed After expending their torpedoes the American ships tried to bang it out with the Japanese despite the self evident futility Ultimately two American escort carries were sunk one by kamikaze the other by naval gunfire as well as two destroyers and a destroyer escort Yet the sacrifice of the destroyers and destroyer escorts the “tin cans” of the title bought enough time for the other carriers to escape It also convinced the fatigued emotionally spent Admiral Kurita to pull back even though he was on the verge of a smashing victory Roughly the first third of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is dedicated to setting up the context in which the Battle off Samar took place This inclu DOWNLOAD Ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub  James D. Hornfischer

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James D. Hornfischer  9 FREE DOWNLOAD Of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers James D Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar a naval engagement unlike any other in US history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men the strategies and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victo. Military history that is as compelling a read as the best novel you've ever read This book is at once a detailed telling of a part of the larger battle of Leyte Gulf and an excellent tribute to the naval service and to a small segment of the Greatest Generation