A national bestseller when it was originally published in 1942 and the subject of a 1945 John Ford film featuring John Wayne, They Were Expendable offers an account of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three's heroic actions during the disastrous Philippine campaign early in World War II. The author uses an unusual and effective format to tell the story ...
A national bestseller when it was originally published in 1942 and the subject of a 1945 John Ford film featuring John Wayne, They Were Expendable offers an account of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three's heroic actions during the disastrous Philippine campaign early in World War II. The author uses an unusual and effective format to tell the story: an interview with the four young survivors whose names are forever linked with the tragedy - John Bulkeley, Robert Kelly, Anthony Akers, and George Cox. Deeply moving, it describes Squadron Three's brave exploits, from the first appearance of Japanese planes over Manila Bay to its calamitous end, including a thrilling account of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's escape from Bataan.
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No dust jacket. cover very worn, blotches, foxing inside cover, text good, yellowing from age. vii, 209 p. 21 cm. The story of the Philippine campaign as told by four officers of the Motor torpedo boat squadron 3. cf. Foreword. "First edition. "
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In December of 1941 the military forces of Imperial Japan rapidly advanced into Asia and the Pacific Ocean. They Were Expendable is a fast-moving narrative portraying U.S. Navy motor torpedo boat operations against the naval forces of Japan in the Philippines in late 1941 and early 1942. The story is related to us from the perspective of four Navy officers who fought invading Japanese ships. These American Navy officers and men successfully utilized the newly developed motor torpedo boats. Despite great odds these brave sailors fought until the American forces ultimately surrendered to Japan. The book also depicts how the torpedo boats evacuated General Douglas MacArthur and his family from the Philippines. This is an occasionally grim but gripping book about the many heroes of The Greatest Generation who fought in World War II.
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