Check out this fantastic story of a U.S. Navy submarine at the end of World War II I found on GP Cox’s blog, Pacific Paratrooper!
This post is in response to a suggestion I received from Pat at e-Quips.
In the closing months of World War II, heavy losses and depleted fuel stocks kept many of Japan’s remaining combat aircraft grounded and warships in port, awaiting an anticipated amphibious invasion. Starting in July 1945, Allied battleships embarked on a series of naval bombardments of coastal cities in Japan in an effort to draw these forces out to battle — with little success.
However, a week before the battleships began lobbing their massive shells, a legendary U.S. submarine toting a rocket launcher began its own campaign of coastal terror that foretold the future of naval warfare — and also engaged in the only Allied ground-combat operation on Japanese home-island soil.
Submarines still made use of deck guns during World War II, most of them ranging between three and five inches in caliber. These…
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Thank you for this post.
You are welcome.
Thank you for sharing this courageous story of the USS Barb. Hard to image a submarine having a train on their battle flag!!
You are very welcome, GP.
Definitely one of my favorite war periods. I love the triumphs!
I have always been fascinated by WWII and Vietnam. THey are both some interesting moments in history.
Definitely they both had some of the most interesting moments in history. WWII should have happened and Vietnam + never should have happened. And WWIII must happen. 😞👍🇺🇸