The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour

Book - 2004
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"This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can."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 horizon 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 history.In the tradition 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 U.S. history-and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780553802573
Branch Call Number: 940. 5425 HOR
Characteristics: 499 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 25, 2017

This book should be required reading in all American schools. It is a fascinating account of the kind of courage, love, and appreciation of country that is sorely lacking in our society today.

May 17, 2016

Pure D Simple ! Hands Down genuine story about fighting a Naval Battle Out gunned and Out numbered. The most important factor of the Samar naval battle is in what these extraordinary Fighting Sailors accomplished in the Larger Picture. Hope you enjoy the Reading as much as I did.

Trades46 Oct 04, 2013

A great book describing how the unfortunate Battle of Samar almost ended up in a American bloodbath were it not for the noted Destroyer Skippers.

Mar 17, 2013

Amazing book about the Captain and crews of Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts that charged into the line of fire of fourteen and sixteen inch guns of a Japanese task force to protect the lightly armed jeep carriers. Excellent book
and their bravery and sacrifice turned away the confused Japanese.

Nov 04, 2012

Mr Hornfischer writes a diffent view of the Battle of Samar. A must read for any WW II history buff.

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