The battle to control the world's numerous sea routes during World War II was the longest and most decisive of all the war's struggles, but the role played by America's merchant marine in this contest has been largely forgotten. This book provides a complete account of the American-flagged merchant vessels that were lost or suffered war damage and ...
The battle to control the world's numerous sea routes during World War II was the longest and most decisive of all the war's struggles, but the role played by America's merchant marine in this contest has been largely forgotten. This book provides a complete account of the American-flagged merchant vessels that were lost or suffered war damage and documents attacks on these ships.
Very Good. Very minor wear and soil on the sound binding; spine is a little concave. Contents are almost as new. No DJ.; First Printing of the First Edition. 9-1/2" Tall, XXII + 575pp. Black cloth, bright gold spine and front cover lettering, with silhouette of a merchant vessel, in bright gold, on the front cover. WAR / REFERENCE. "World War II was fought on a global scale and the lines of supply stretched for incredible distances. Enemy submarine successes threatened the very continuance of the war in the first few years. The obstacle of long supply routes could only be overcome in part by assembling and building a fleet to carry the necessary supplies, men, and war materiel to the front. The nearly 500 large oceangoing vessels of the American merchant marine in 1941 grew more than tenfold during the war to the immense number of over 5600 ships. The Americah merchant marine thus played a vital role in Allied victories during the war. This tremendous worldwide endeavor, however, cost the lives of thousands of men and the demise of more than 700 US ships. Reacting to the U-boat campaign, the federal government nationalized the oceangoing merchant marine to ensure that all merchant vessel activity could be coordinated to win the war. The War Shipping Administration designated cargoes for ships based on the logistical needs of the war. This agency organized, operated, chartered, provided insurance, administered repairs, and recruited and trained seamen for the entire fleet of American-flagged vessels. " The book includes information on the war casualties of merchant ships, 1940-1946, listing, in order of the date on which the ship was attacked, the name of the vessel, the date and time of the attack, the ship's position at that time, the owner and operator of the vessel, the ship's master, the armament, the year it was built, it's gross tonnage, the draft and cargo when atttacked, its means of propulsion, and speed in knots when attacked, followed by a lengthy paragraph describing the attack and what happened to the ship's crew. Twelve b/w photos. List of Abbreviations. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. There is a 6-page Appendix, listing "Poorly Documented U. S. Merchant Vessel Losses. "
Fine. Hardcover in blue cloth boards. No dust jacket. First printing of first edition. Book is in fine, As New, gift-giving condition, crisp and clean, with tight binding, sharp corners, and bright gilt on front and spine. 8vo. 575 pp. In protective Mylar.
Fine. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall Hardback. Stated First Printing. Near Fine. No dust jacket as issued. Blue cloth. Gilt lettered and pictorial front cover and gilt lettered spine. 575pp with index and bibliography.
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