The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

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“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.

Baker & Taylor
Based on eyewitness accounts, declassified Navy documents, and interviews and correspondence with veterans, this epic account chronicles the October 1944 battle off Samar between a vastly outnumbered fleet of American warships and a flotilla of the Japanese Navy, a struggle that changed the course of World War II in the Pacific.

Blackwell North Amer
Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught at Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. It takes us into the heart and mind of an iron-willed, self-made executive officer leading his men through a sea of carnage and two hellish days and nights clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks, and madness. And it dramatizes how the overmatched U.S. force, enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly a thousand brave men, turned a certain crushing defeat into a momentous victory that would lead to the final surrender of America's ruthless imperial foe.
Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before - an unforgettable narrative that captures the essence of heroism, the power of loyalty, and the way in which the unadorned truth is more stirring than legend itself.

& Taylor

Chronicles the October 1944 battle off Samar between a vastly outnumbered fleet of American warships and a flotilla of the Japanese Navy, a struggle that changed the course of World War II in the Pacific.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780553802573
Characteristics: 499 p. : ill., 1 map ; 25 cm

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Mar 25, 2017

This book should be required reading in all American schools. It is a fascinating account of the kind of courage, love, and appreciation of country that is sorely lacking in our society today.

May 17, 2016

Pure D Simple ! Hands Down genuine story about fighting a Naval Battle Out gunned and Out numbered. The most important factor of the Samar naval battle is in what these extraordinary Fighting Sailors accomplished in the Larger Picture. Hope you enjoy the Reading as much as I did.

Trades46 Oct 04, 2013

A great book describing how the unfortunate Battle of Samar almost ended up in a American bloodbath were it not for the noted Destroyer Skippers.

Mar 17, 2013

Amazing book about the Captain and crews of Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts that charged into the line of fire of fourteen and sixteen inch guns of a Japanese task force to protect the lightly armed jeep carriers. Excellent book
and their bravery and sacrifice turned away the confused Japanese.

Nov 04, 2012

Mr Hornfischer writes a diffent view of the Battle of Samar. A must read for any WW II history buff.


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