United States and Allied Submarine Successes in the Pacific and Far East During World War II, 4th ed.


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About the Book

Here is a comprehensive accounting of all United States and allied submarine attacks on the Japanese for which success was claimed or occurred. The expanded coverage focuses on successes by U.S. and British and Dutch submarines in the Pacific and Indian oceans, Soviet submarines, and losses caused by mines laid by submarines. The book also includes details from top-secret “Ultra” messages decoded during the war and recently translated documents that provide correct Japanese ship names, ship type and tonnage, convoy names, human loss numbers and other attack details, as well as a military evaluation of each attack.

About the Author(s)

John D. Alden is a retired U.S. Navy commander and a veteran of three World War II patrols in the Pacific Theater. He has written extensively on naval history, including five books and numerous articles. He lives in Delmar, New York.

Craig R. McDonald is director of information and data services within the University Division at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Bibliographic Details

John D. Alden and Craig R. McDonald

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 376
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4213-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5433-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Erich Mühlthaler      1
Preface      3
A Detailed Explanation of the Data      5
Chronological Listing of U.S. and Allied Submarine Attacks      27
Soviet Submarine Attacks in the Pacific, August 1945      336
Appendix: U.S. and Allied Submarine Minelaying Activities      337
Attack Number Index by Submarine Name      349
Attack Number Index by Japanese Vessel Name      355

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Editor’s Choice—Stone & Stone Second World War Books
  • “the ultimate guide to the topic…looks like the ultimate compendium of accurate, thoroughly checked and cross-referenced material on the subject”—Stone & Stone Second World War Books
  • “recommended”—ARBA
  • “The authors have done a painstakingly thorough job of compiling and assessing the results of thousands of Allied submarine attacks during World War II. This is, without question, the finest available resource for those who want to know and understand the results of those long-ago life-and-death battles.”—Paul Stillwell, coauthor of Sharks of Steel and editor of Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats