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 nav 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.From the Hardcover edition.
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U S Navy s Finest Hour 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 d
5 Battle Stars There are few books that will impact you physically as well as mentally This is one of them I sit drained and awe inspired Hornfischer will take you into the heart of this final major sea battle off the coast of the Philippine Islands, a battle that should have been a slaughter of American ships by a vastly powerful Japanese force But a small force of destroyers destroyer escorts and swirling naval air attacked, and attacked, and attacked until the Japanese force finally withdrew [...]
What do you do when you re a relatively small group of light aircraft carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts and you re suddenly faced with the biggest ships in the Japanese Navy Japanese ships that are faster, sturdier, and have guns that can fire long before you ll be in range to fire back You can A Curse Admiral Halsey for chasing a decoy group of Japanese ships and leaving your flank exposed.B Accept the fact that you are probably going to die.C Charge the Japanese line anyway, even if [...]
Exceptional story of courageMy father served in the Navy in World War II Reading this gave me an idea of what he faced as a 17 year old shipped out to the Pacific Well worth the time to read and appreciate
This should be required reading for all those who serve in the Navy on or above the sea It is the story of Taffy 3, a WWII force of America s smallest ships Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts Tasked with protecting the carriers that were part of MacArthur s return to the Philippines, they ended up the front line against Japan s largest collection of battleships and the island nation s last gasp to turn the tides of WWII No one expected these tiny ships therein lies the name, tin cans to face down [...]
The history of the U S Navy contains many valorous chapters from Stephen Decatur burning the frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor at Tripoli, through David Dixon Porter running the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, to the attack of Torpedo Squadron 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 [...]
My grandfather was in this battle, on the USS Hoel He was a survivor I ve had the HONOR and OPPORTUNITY in meeting these brave men who fought along side him on these Tin Cans at Leyte Gulf and have heard the most amazing stories from them Sam Lucas, Bill Mercer, Glenn Parkin, and others This is a great book on their accounts Also, my family and I attended the monument dedication in San Diego in 1996, and its an amazing site If you re a history buff like myself, you wont be disappointed pick it u [...]
As a former crew member of the HOEL DDG 13 the history surrounding the desperate battle at Samar is of great interest This book captures the extreme peril that was accepted and overcome by the fearless Captains and their crews Makes one realize that we owe a great debt to the greatest generation that we may never be able to repay.
As a WW II history buff, I had read long ago about the part played by Taffy 3 in the overall Battle of Leyte Gulf Even a mundane report of the incredible heroics sent chills up the spine, and brought tears and this wonderfully researched account is far, far beyond mundane As a writer, I know how difficult it is to move smoothly between viewpoints when the action is widespread and changing fast, and author Hornfischer does a fine job That s one of the many strengths of this book An added bonus, f [...]
I ve written before that I am easily annoyed by Tom Brokaw s assertion of the GI Generation as The Greatest Generation especially when applied selectively to only Americans I in no way mean to demean WWII vets quite the opposite , but I feel like today s young men and women would make the same sacrafices if called upon.Usually.The story of Taffy Three is the first time in a WWII history that I have found myself this amazed at the courage under fire of American servicemen The courage of Army Rang [...]
I wanted to give this book five stars but I will get into why I had to give four I really reserve the 5 star rating for the best books I have ever read The last half of this book fits this description but the first half falls short.What I mean by this is the level of detail and the number of people described in the first half of the book, before the battle scenes I found myself struggling to remember all the names because I knew I would want to remember them when the battles were described I rea [...]
There are just some books that sweep you up into their embrace and drag you helplessly through their tale until the conclusion is reached The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is just such a book, and should be required reading for all members of the sea services I was aware of the circumstances of the Battle off Samar Halsey gorging on the bait of the decoy carrier fleet to the north and moving his fleet to attack the undersized U.S fleet that was left behind to face the mighty Japanese Center [...]
Covers the battle off Samar, the Philippines, in October 1944, in which a force of American escort carriers and destroyers fought off a Japanese force many times its strength, and the larger battle of Leyte Gulf, the opening of the American liberation of the Philippines, Wow, oh wow Totally blown away by the retelling of this history Way beyond reciting a history of events, but including the stories of the sailors involved especially the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B Roberts Such an [...]
If you like reading history books about World War II, the Navy or military subjects in general, this is a well written, gripping book worth reading It s about a single naval battle toward the end of WWII off the coast of the Philippines, A tiny group of small US ships managed to survive mostly an intense onslaught by a huge group of Japanese vessels through a combination of luck, determination and strategy, with help from the fog of war The author interviewed many of the survivors of the battle [...]
I was standing in the bookstore contemplating buying when an older gent on a cane told me I should read it Turned out he was on one of the ships at the time and his photo was in the book I shook his hand, thanked him for his service and bought the book An excellent read for anyone interested in Naval History.
I had a conversation a while back with a soldier who d distinguished himself in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan He observed to me that A lot of heroes in a battle means someone screwed up bad So it was in this tale of a desperate World War II naval battle against impossible odds that would have never occurred had the legendary Admiral Bull Halsey not been played for a sucker by the Imperial Japanese Navy While Halsey chased a decoy force in his obsession to sink another Japanese carrier, a massiv [...]
This is the absolutely amazing story of perhaps the greatest sea battle that you have never heard of While there bigger and powerful counterparts were away, a group of tin can ships carrier escorts and destroyer escorts that were never supposed to see real battle were engaged by a massive Japanese fleet.The tiny American ships are forced to outlast their enemies through nothing but seamanship, fortitude, and inferior weapons and maybe a little luck The ensuing battle is amazing and should be re [...]
The last stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D HornfisherThe true story of the naval battle of San Bernardino Strait Philippines during WWII A last ditch battle of navy Destroys and Destroy escorts against Japanese heavy cruisers and battle ships defending the USCarriers from destruction The little against the giants As a Korean War sailor I understand the heroic struggle they made it was in the last stand of the Alamo style of a battleve it 5 stars
This was probably the best book about a naval battle that I have ever read No, it was the best book that I have ever read There was literally never a dull moment The author did a great job setting up the battle by developing the characters and explaining all the events that led up to the battle of Samar Leyte Gulf The actual battle was described in vivid detail through the eyes of the American aviators and sailors who fought it Your heart will leap when the tin can sailors of the USN Samuel B Mo [...]
A really fascinating book, both for the history of the battle and the detail of so many sailors lives and their history A well written book that covers mostly one battle from a huge variety of individuals involved in it The book captures the human element that covers simple relationships between various members of different ships in this one carrier fleet, as well as the over arching background of the war and the specific strategies and events that led up to this particular battle There are all [...]
I never thought I would use the term gripping , but this book merits that description This is a very intense recounting of the last major ship to ship action in naval history, the Battle of Samar When a group of destroyer escorts and aircraft carrier escorts are patrolling the Leyte Gulf off the coast of the Philippines, they run smack into a group of Japanese battleships, including the Yamato, largest of her fleet Hopelessly outgunned and unable to outrun the Japanese, the Americans adopted a d [...]
The Battle of Leyte Gulf is by far the greatest example of David vs Goliath David of course wins the day Goliath is badly mauled and retreats to Iwo Jima and Okinawa The battle illustrates the desparate gamble of destroyers against the entire IJN Center Force I can only imagine the sickening feeling the sailors had when the pagoda style masts of battleships and cruisers came over the horizon I only wish there was included from the Japanese side of the battle A great book.
I m not very familiar with naval military history My focus has always been on the ground forces, but there has the been the occasional event or action that has caught my attention Task Force Taffy 3 s ordeal on October 25, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf is one of those events Dramatic, exciting and horrific the two hour battle between the U.S Navy light carrier task force and the huge Japanese heavy surface fleet makes for gripping reading akin to watching a movie It also reads like a blow [...]
This is a superb book, recommended to me by an old sailor He suggested it to me around Memorial Day and I kept putting him off Why did I want to read another book about WWII I was already familiar with the Battle of Samar, or so I thought In any case, I am glad to read something a bit outside my regular reading.What happens in this book is difficult to follow without a map handy or great familiarity with the South Pacific, but the story brings to light something which inspires me greatly More th [...]
In October 1944 the littler ships, Destroyers and Destroyer escorts were left to guard the Army s invasion of the Philippines while the larger aircraft carriers went hunting for the main Japanese navy Instead the Japanese navy found the remaining ships In an epic day of battle, these little ships attacked with what torpedos they had just 10 per ship and their smaller guns against a battleships with larger guns and farther reach And when they had exhausted their weapons they continued to attack, [...]
An excellent narrative history of the last great surface battle in history where a division of second line US fleet units faced off against much of what was left of the Japanese main fleet I ve been aware of the heroic actions of Taffy 3 off Samar at the Battle of Leyte Gulf for some time, but only in a abstract sense from general histories of the war This book goes into far detail concerning the actions of each of the destroyers and destroyer escorts involved, and goes into as much detail as [...]
An exhaustively detailed and well researched story of the desperate battle between a powerful Japanese naval force and a task force of U.S light carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts off the Philippines in 1944 The engagement occurred only because Admiral Halsey took his main fleet north in an ill advised pursuit of a small Japanese carrier force, leaving the other group of ships unprotected No one saw the Japanese force coming Outgunned, the U.S force fought valiantly and inflicted enormo [...]
This is an incredible story of the sea battle that could have changed the course of the Pacific battle Against overwhelming odds, a group of courageous Tin Cans smaller Destroyers fought the BEST that Japan had in Naval carriers The courage of our smaller ships fought with true heroic effort.Where were our carriers A famous Naval Admiral had gone against orders and chased a diversion of Japanese freight ships which fortunately was not aware of the successful feign If it had realized of their suc [...]
The Battle off Samar, a part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, ranks among the greatest battles of naval history A David vs Goliath scenario, the battle saw a relatively small U.S Navy task force face off against Japan s main battle fleet and win How Mostly, thanks to the remarkable bravery, skill, and audacity of the U.S Navy s small destroyer escorts The men aboard these escorts, when faced with overwhelming odds, turned and ran right at the battleships and cruisers of the Japanese fleet, fighting [...]
Oh man what a book Really did a great job of humanizing the terrible Pacific ship battles of world War Two.
Outstanding, well written and obviously extensively researched, just a great read