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    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors PDF/EPUB í 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 historyIn the tradition of theNew 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 US history and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory."/>
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  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
  • James D. Hornfischer
  • English
  • 15 February 2018
  • 0739309080

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  1. Matt Matt says:

    When a heavy round from a naval rifle hits a ship and explodes, the energy released pulverizes the hardened steel of the shell and swirls up the shattered remnants of surrounding metal decks and bulkheads All of this metal rushes outward on the edge of a wave of blast pressure that a typical shipboard compartment cannot hope to contain The sudden and overwhelming overpressure turns the compartment itself into a weapon, its remains churning up into a superheated storm of fragmented or liquef When a heavy round from a naval rifle hits a ship and explodes, the energy released pulverizes the hardened steel of the shell and swirls up the shattered remnants of surrounding metal decks and bulkheads All of this metal rushes outward on the edge of a wave of blast pressure that a typical shipboard compartment cannot hope to contain The sudden and overwhelming overpressure turns the compartment itself into a weapon, its remains churning up into a superheated storm of fragmented or liquefied metal The blast wave s effect on people is horrific It collapses body cavities, crushes organs, and blows flesh from bone James D Hornfischer, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors The Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944 is a curious incident to categorize On the one hand, as James Hornfischer argues, it was the United States Navy s finest hour, a heartening epic of an outgunned and outnumbered force sacrificing their lives for the greater good On the other hand, it was an embarrassing near catastrophe borne out of gross tactical negligence that sent a lot of good men to the bottom of the Philippine Sea In The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, you will hear a lot about the former, and almost nothing of the latter As a result, this is a very good book with some serious limitations Taking place as a piece of the larger battle of Leyte Gulf one of the biggest naval clashes in all history the Battle off Samar pitted a Japanese force of massive battleships six total , heavy cruisers six total , and destroyers eleven total against a collection of thirteen United States ships, including six escort carriers small, slow, poorly ard , three destroyers small, fast, relatively lightly armed, and poorly ard , and three destroyer escorts relatively fast, poorly armed, and poorly ard in an old fashioned surface action reminiscent of the days of Nelson The encounter came about as part of a three pronged push by the Japanese to get their fleet to the landing beaches of Leyte Gulf, to destroy the transports disgorging American troops bent on retaking the Philippines A Japanese force under Admiral Ozawa feinted from the north, enticing the over aggressive Admiral William Halsey into giving chase with his fleet carriers and fast battleships Meanwhile, from the west, two Japanese naval columns attempted to force the San Bernardino and Surigao Straits The Japanese were stopped dead at Surigao, but the Center Force under Admiral Takeo Kurita managed with an assist from American bungling to pop through San Bernardino in such a surprising fashion that they were almost within big gun range of Task Unit 77.4.3 Taffy 3 before they were spotted With the escort carriers taking fire and unable to outdistance the faster Japanese ships, the destroyers and destroyer escorts of Taffy 3 tried to buy time by making a headlong series of torpedo runs, right into the teeth of the Japanese force which included the Yamato, the largest battleship ever constructed After expending their torpedoes, the American ships tried to bang it out with the Japanese, despite the self evident futility Ultimately, two American escort carries were sunk one by kamikaze, the other by naval gunfire , as well as two destroyers and a destroyer escort Yet the sacrifice of the destroyers and destroyer escorts the tin cans of the title bought enough time for the other carriers to escape It also convinced the fatigued, emotionally spent Admiral Kurita to pull back, even though he was on the verge of a smashing victory Roughly the first third of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is dedicated to setting up the context in which the Battle off Samar took place This includes the usual strategic overview that you would expect It also includes, however, a rather detailed look at many of the ships especially the destroyers and destroyer escorts and men involved For example, Hornfischer introduces us to Lieutenant Commander Robert Copeland, a Naval reservist called into action to command the destroyer escort Samuel B Roberts By providing an efficient look into Copeland s background, as well as that of several of his men both officers and enlisted men he gives you a pertinent reason to pay attention during the battle to come While naval warfare can be shockingly impersonal, with violent death flung by huge guns over many miles, Hornfischer makes the results of that warfare painfully intimate Hornfischer also provides a dramatis personae, so that you can quickly reference the ships involved, as well as their commanders While this won t help you remember the dozens of enlisted men that are introduced, it is helpful as an abbreviated order of battle.Just as important to an understanding of the Battle off Samar is Hornfischer s descriptions of the various ships involved By explaining the virtues and deficits of destroyers and destroyer escorts, he demonstrates the kind of courage it took for them to dash into the teeth of the Japanese battle group It s not simply a matter of big versus small it is a matter of what a sixteen inch naval shell can physically do to a destroyer escort s 3 8 inch steel decks The Battle off Samar takes up a majority of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, and Hornfischer proves himself a master of the battle narrative The retelling is visceral, forceful, and graphic Especially well told are the anxious moments as the small U.S ships make their initial torpedo runs, soaked in the spray of near misses, waiting for the fatal blow to fall Hornfischer covers the frantic efforts of pilots many of them flying with antipersonnel rather than anti ship ordinance to harry and distract the large Japanese warships as they sought an angle to catch the American carriers He describes the brutal gunnery duels, including the ghastly, deformative results of a solid hit In some ways, this is an old fashioned book, highlighting the glory and damn the torpedoes heroics of the engagement Nevertheless, the interpretation that Hornfischer presents is unvarnished and frequently ugly, with torn limbs, battered bodies, and blood running in the scuppers I only have two minor criticisms of this section First, it goes on too long For the sake of comprehensiveness, Hornfischer checks in on just about every American ship, which ultimately tends to bludgeon the reader into exhaustion with repetitious accounts of mangled, sinking ships Second, Hornfischer occasionally forgets that the exploits of Taffy 3 speak louder than words In so forgetting, his prose subsequently veers into purple melodrama that is frankly unnecessary to achieve the emotional impact he seeks To tell his story, Hornfischer interviewed approximately sixty participants or relatives of participants These interviews appear to have taken place between 2001 and 2003 this was published in 2004 Due to actuarial realities enlisted men being younger than officers , most of the eyewitness accounts come from the lower ranks While you might lose some of the command perspective, you definitely get a feel for what it was like to be on one of those small, often doomed ships Some of the stories, however, stretch credulity For instance, the recollection of the pilot who claimed to have emptied his.45 while flying inverted over a Japanese ship requirescorroboration The only true shortcoming of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is that it is not interested in why the Battle off Samar took place at all The reality in October 1944 was that America had an overwhelming superiority in the air and on the sea They had, in many ways, assembled the greatest maritime armada ever On the other side, the Japanese were out of oil the operation of their planes and ships was greatly curtailed and they were resorting to suicide tactics to save on fuel and avoid training new pilots Yet somehow, despite American advantages and Japanese disadvantages, the Japanese managed to gain local superiority, showing up on Taffy 3 s figurative doorstep with almost no warning They sank an aircraft carrier with gunfire, which was unprecedented Even Hornfischer admits though he underplays the admission that the sacrifices of the American destroyers and destroyer escorts would not have mattered if Kurita had not lost his nerve The Battle off Samar was kind of a disaster only good luck for the Americans and bad decisions by the Japanese kept the disaster from being widespread Most students of the battle blame Admiral Bull Halsey, who despite numerous blunders ended his career with five stars while the cerebral Spruance, who won Midway back when the Japanese and U.S were at parity, gained only four One is tempted to ponder whether Halsey s reputation comesfrom his drop the mic quotes than from his actual abilities It is a question for which Hornfischer displays zero interest The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors wants you to think of selfless courage, of gutsy panache It does not want you to think of the gaffes that made such courage and panache necessary I found this an unfortunate authorial decision Brave men died because of the poor judgment of others They might have died because of one man s penchant for chasing personal accolades They deserve to be remembered, which Hornfischer has helped ensure They also deserve a reckoning, however paltry


  2. Mike Mike says:

    5 Battle Stars There are few books that will impact you physically as well as mentally This is one of them I sit drained and awe inspired Hornfischer will take you into the heart of this final major sea battle off the coast of the Philippine Islands, a battle that should have been a slaughter of American ships by a vastlypowerful Japanese force But a small force of destroyers destroyer escorts and swirling naval air attacked, and attacked, and attacked until the Japanese force finally 5 Battle Stars There are few books that will impact you physically as well as mentally This is one of them I sit drained and awe inspired Hornfischer will take you into the heart of this final major sea battle off the coast of the Philippine Islands, a battle that should have been a slaughter of American ships by a vastlypowerful Japanese force But a small force of destroyers destroyer escorts and swirling naval air attacked, and attacked, and attacked until the Japanese force finally withdrew The writing is so intense, I had to take breaks Even after the battle, the American survivors fight to survive for 3 nights and 2 days when the rescue forces go to the wrong location This surface battle and the naval air battle overhead filled me with awe at the sheer courage displayed I can t think of another battle history that exceeds the power of this story All time best book


  3. A.L. Sowards A.L. Sowards says:

    What do you do when you re a relatively small group of light aircraft carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts and you re suddenly faced with the biggest ships in the Japanese Navy Japanese ships that are faster, sturdier, and have guns that can fire long before you ll be in range to fire back You can A Curse Admiral Halsey for chasing a decoy group of Japanese ships and leaving your flank exposed B Accept the fact that you are probably going to die C Charge the Japanese line anyway, What do you do when you re a relatively small group of light aircraft carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts and you re suddenly faced with the biggest ships in the Japanese Navy Japanese ships that are faster, sturdier, and have guns that can fire long before you ll be in range to fire back You can A Curse Admiral Halsey for chasing a decoy group of Japanese ships and leaving your flank exposed B Accept the fact that you are probably going to die C Charge the Japanese line anyway, even if all your plane has are depth charges because you were on anti submarine patrol or if all your ship has are guns that will bounce off the larger ship s armor D Somehow pull off a miraculous victory through one of history s most impressive shows of courage, determination, and sacrifice E All of the above As you can guess, the men of the group Taffy 3 did all of the above American planes swarmed the Japanese cruisers, destroyers, and battleships, sometimes even when they didn t have any weapons, because it might make the ships swerve and slow them down The destroyers and destroyer escorts attacked even though the Japanese ships were farpowerful, hoping to give the aircraft carriers six of them a chance to escape And in the end, the Japanese turned around without annihilating Taffy 3 and without attacking recently landed US ground forces under MacArthur If you want to know how they managed it, you ll have to read the book I ve read a few books dealing at least in part with the war in the Philippines, but this is the first one I ve read about the naval action in October 1944 and I enjoyed reading about something new Hornfischer did an excellent job showing the readers the horrors of naval combat without being gory He also did a good job explaining things so that readers without a naval background like me could understand the events, but I never felt he was hitting me over the head with information I already knew The men of Taffy 3 were true heroes The book starts off a teeny bit slow, but it quickly becomes absorbing Highly recommended


  4. Jacqui Jacqui says:

    This should be required reading for all those who serve in the Navy on or above the sea It is the story of Taffy 3, a WWII force of America s smallest ships Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts Tasked with protecting the carriers that were part of MacArthur s return to the Philippines, they ended up the front line against Japan s largest collection of battleships and the island nation s last gasp to turn the tides of WWII No one expected these tiny ships therein lies the name, tin cans to f This should be required reading for all those who serve in the Navy on or above the sea It is the story of Taffy 3, a WWII force of America s smallest ships Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts Tasked with protecting the carriers that were part of MacArthur s return to the Philippines, they ended up the front line against Japan s largest collection of battleships and the island nation s last gasp to turn the tides of WWII No one expected these tiny ships therein lies the name, tin cans to face down Japan s massive force of light cruisers, heavy cruisers and carriers In fact, one of the Destroyer captains said, This will be a fight against overwhelming odds, from which survival cannot be expected We will do what damage we can And damage they did They flitted in, their tiny guns booming and flashing When they had notorpedoes each only carried 10 , they charged anyway, shooting their small caliber deck mounted guns Wave after wave of aircraft buzzed the Japanese ships, American pilots continuing to attack even when their bombs ran out, hoping to frazzle and frighten the enemy Despite the bravado, the sailors knew they had no chance to stop such a superior force They could do little but pray for the best, understanding if the enemy got past them, they would get to the carriers But this isn t as much an historic account of the Battle of Leyte Gulf that can be found in other books as it is the story of the men who fought, their all American roots, their unquestioning commitment to fight the good fight, their bottomless courage They joined the war in response to Pearl Harbor, giving their brains and muscle to defend what was most important to them, and ended up giving their lives Hermon Wouk wrote of this battle, The vision of Sprague s the commander of Taffy 3 three destroyers the Johnston, the Hoel, and the Heermann charging out of the smoke and the rain straight toward the main batteries of Kurita s battleships and cruisers, can endure as a picture of the way Americans fight when they don t have superiority Our schoolchildren should know about that incident, and our enemies should ponder it When the battle ended, Japan lost almost 10,000 men while America lost 800 brave sailors, three of the tin cans and only one of our carriers the only American carrier ever sunk in a naval battle When the tiny ships sank and the sailors tredded water, fought off the sharks who smelled their blood, one incident stood out A Japanese heavy cruiser approached The stranded sailors didn t know if they d be killed or captured Instead, as the ship sailed by, the Japanese lined the side and saluted the bravery of their enemy.If you are an American soldier or the parent of one, read this to see what will be expected of him or her If you are our enemy, read this and beware


  5. Manray9 Manray9 says:

    The history of the U S Navy contains many stories of great valor from Stephen Decatur burning the frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor at Tripoli, through David Dixon Porter running the gauntlet of Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, to the attack of Torpedo Squadron 8 at Midway but few compare to the actions of USS JOHNSTON and USS HOEL off Samar in 1944 Commander Ernest E Evans demonstrated the conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity worthy of his posthumous Medal of Honor The sea bat The history of the U S Navy contains many stories of great valor from Stephen Decatur burning the frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor at Tripoli, through David Dixon Porter running the gauntlet of Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, to the attack of Torpedo Squadron 8 at Midway but few compare to the actions of USS JOHNSTON and USS HOEL off Samar in 1944 Commander Ernest E Evans demonstrated the conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity worthy of his posthumous Medal of Honor The sea battles known collectively as The Battle of Leyte Gulf may have been the U.S Navy s finest hour There should always be a USS JOHNSTON, USS HOEL and a USS ERNEST E EVANS at sea under the flag of the United States Jim Hornfischer s book does honor to all the Tin Can sailors It is genuine Five Star material


  6. Bob Mayer Bob Mayer says:

    Exceptional story of courageMy father served in the Navy in World War II Reading this gave me an idea of what he faced as a 17 year old shipped out to the Pacific Well worth the time to read and appreciate


  7. Sean Sean says:

    My grandfather was in this battle, on the USS Hoel He was a survivor I ve had the HONOR and OPPORTUNITY in meeting these brave men who fought along side him on these Tin Cans at Leyte Gulf and have heard the most amazing stories from them Sam Lucas, Bill Mercer, Glenn Parkin, and others This is a great book on their accounts Also, my family and I attended the monument dedication in San Diego in 1996, and its an amazing site If you re a history buff like myself, you wont be disappointed., My grandfather was in this battle, on the USS Hoel He was a survivor I ve had the HONOR and OPPORTUNITY in meeting these brave men who fought along side him on these Tin Cans at Leyte Gulf and have heard the most amazing stories from them Sam Lucas, Bill Mercer, Glenn Parkin, and others This is a great book on their accounts Also, my family and I attended the monument dedication in San Diego in 1996, and its an amazing site If you re a history buff like myself, you wont be disappointed., pick it up


  8. Mark C Mark C says:

    As a former crew member of the HOEL DDG 13 the history surrounding the desperate battle at Samar is of great interest This book captures the extreme peril that was accepted and overcome by the fearless Captains and their crews Makes one realize that we owe a great debt to the greatest generation that we may never be able to repay.


  9. Dan Dan says:

    Military history that is as compelling a read as the best novel you ve ever read This book is at once a detailed telling of a part of the larger battle of Leyte Gulf and an excellent tribute to the naval service and to a small segment of the Greatest Generation.


  10. Wayne Barrett Wayne Barrett says:

    What a powerful piece of our history An event that is slowly being forgotten as time goes by This story covers the details of the Naval battle in Samar during the conquest to retake the Philippines from the Japanese in which, against overwhelming odds, a small group of ships under Admiral Sprague defeated a massive Japanese imperial fleet It was from this battle that Herman Wouk used for his classic, War and Remembrance.I served in the Navy, so obviously this hits home for me I can relate What a powerful piece of our history An event that is slowly being forgotten as time goes by This story covers the details of the Naval battle in Samar during the conquest to retake the Philippines from the Japanese in which, against overwhelming odds, a small group of ships under Admiral Sprague defeated a massive Japanese imperial fleet It was from this battle that Herman Wouk used for his classic, War and Remembrance.I served in the Navy, so obviously this hits home for me I can relate to the surroundings, having served aboard a ship, the USS Jouett CG 29, and toured in the Philippines, but I was never in a conflict such as the battle at Samar Very few have and because of todays technology we may never see another naval battle of its kind A great piece of military history


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About the Author: James D. Hornfischer

Hornfischer s writing Stand of Epub à career has grown out of a lifelong interest in the Pacific war He has appeared on television on The History The Last MOBI :Ê Channel, Fox News Channel s War Stories with Oliver North and C SPAN s BookTV A frequent speaker on the subject of the war Last Stand of PDF/EPUB ì in the Pacific, the US Navy, and the experience of America s sailors in World War II, he frequently addresses veterans organizations, youth and civic groups, and professional naval organizations on the inspiring stories found in his books A native of Massachusetts, and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States, the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an Admiral in the Texas Navy A former New York book editor, Hornfischer is president of the literary agency Hornfischer Literary Management, located in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and their three children.