"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 ...Read More"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.Read Less
Due to a late arrival I had no chance to read this book so far. But it is a hot title and I am sure I won´t be disappointed...
James J. G
Sep 2, 2010
Excellent !!! The Real Story ! an old Navy sailor would enjoy!
Nov 29, 2007
A story of bravery against overwhelming odds
I have been interested in Taffy 3 for a long time. This book gives all the details of the events of the battle of Samar (Leyte Gulf) during WWII. The efforts of the seamen and officers and their courageous action against overwhelming odds won the battle for the US. This book is packed with detail - maybe more than the ordinary person would want. There are good summaries of the actions of Taffy 3 available elsewhere. Still, I am very glad to have this book.
Apr 30, 2007
Very well written book. An in-depth telling without the high school history class data approach. The author took a somewhat unbiased approach, and of course as a US citizen I was rooting for the sailors, but I did feel it was still balanced.
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