Moderators: Moderators, Administrator

Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific

Joined: November 12th, 2010, 9:19 pm

January 29th, 2013, 9:25 pm #1

Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific, by Michael Sturma

Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2011. Pp. x, 248. Illus., append., notes, biblio, index. $29.95. ISBN: 0813129966.

Although not really what one thinks of when discussing submarine operations, surface gunnery actions are occasionally mentioned in naval histories, and in this work Prof. Sturma (Murdoch, Australia), demonstrates that they were in fact not at all uncommon.

Calculating that there were literally hundreds of surface actions by Allied submarines during the Pacific War, Sturma, author of several earlier works on undersea warfare, examines a substantial number of them. While some of these clashes occurred because a submarine found itself unable to submerge upon the sudden appearance of enemy warships, most involved attacks on small vessels such as trawlers, barges, and sampans, during blockade operations. Other clashes took place because Allied submariners were engaged in rescuing downed airmen, or were trying to capture or inflict vengeance on Japanese seamen, several atrocities being committed by the crews of some of the most famous boats, such as the Wahoo (SS 238). In addition to his narrative account of many surface fight by Allied submarines in the Pacific, Sturma ends the book with a very useful appendix listing all such actions that are known.

Surface and Destroy is a valuable contribution to the literature on the Pacific War and submarine operations.

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi, Review Editor

Proud member of the Imperialistic Matrix and the Brotherhood of Infidels

Nemo me impune lacesset,

<table cellpadding="10"><tr><td align="left"></td><td width="20"></td><td align="center">"The chief aim of all government is to preserve the freedom of the citizen. His control over his person, his property, his movements, his business, his desires should be restrained only so far as the public welfare imperatively demands. The world is in more danger of being governed too much than too little.

It is the teaching of all history that liberty can only be preserved in small areas. Local self-government is, therefore, indispensable to liberty. A centralized and distant bureaucracy is the worst of all tyranny.

Taxation can justly be levied for no purpose other than to provide revenue for the support of the government. To tax one person, class or section to provide revenue for the benefit of another is none the less robbery because done under the form of law and called taxation."

John W. Davis, Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1924. Davis was one of the greatest trial and appellate lawyers in US history. He also served as the US Ambassador to the UK.
</td><td align="right"></td></tr></table>