CONDITION RED: Destroyer in the South Pacific by Com. Frederick J. Bell
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CONDITION RED: Destroyer in the South Pacific

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Destroyer life in the South Pacific, with details of routine and action. Here with plenty of information, the contributions of all parts of the ship's personnel are introduced:-damage control, navigation, rescue, submarine attack, gunnery, feeding, etc. the experiences of front line, ""sheep dog"", maneuver, screen assignments, the minutiae of daily and battle life. First the Boise; then command of ""G"", and from July '42 plenty activity of interest to the marine minded. Tales of himself and the men, of the function of destroyers, alone and in group action, of early difficulties of poor charting, of successive South Pacific engagements, of periods without sleep, of shore landings, of ""coconut shoots"" and many a ding dong with the enemy. Personalities, personal experiences, factual information which make this good reading apart from its martial aspects.

Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 1943
Publisher: Longmans, Green