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eBook Battleship at War: The Epic Story of the Uss Washington download ISBN: 0380704870
Author: Ivan Musicant
Publisher: Avon Books (January 1, 1988)
Language: English
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Category: History
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Battleship at War is one of the best WW2 ship histories I have read.

Battleship at War is one of the best WW2 ship histories I have read. I couldn't put the book down until I finished reading it. A proud, beautiful ship, the Washington fought a Japanese fleet in November 14-15, 1942, and demolished and caused the sinking of a Japanese battleship. The author of this book includes stories of taking the Washington out of Philidelphia and painging out the name, changing the 56 to 55, running manauvers, then putting in to New York only to go back out and reverse the process.

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Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Battleship at War : The Epic Story of. .If you have an interest in American Naval history specifically the history of American Battleships this book is a "must have.

If you have an interest in American Naval history specifically the history of American Battleships this book is a "must have. The author has interviewed many of the sailors that served aboard this mighty dreadnaught. Member of the first class of American "Fast Battleships" the Washington served at the front lines in both the Alantic and Pacific.

1987 Ivan Musicant, Battleship at War: The Epic Story of the USS Washington . "Previous Morison Book Awards" the first was award t. 1988 Michael A. Palmer, Stoddert's War: Naval Operations during the Quasi-war with France, 1798-1801. 1989 John F. Lehman, Command of the Seas: Building the 600 Ship Navy. "Previous Morison Book Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-08-27 the first was award to him in 1987 for Battleship at Wa.The second was presented in 1998 for his book Empire by Default. "Michael A. Palmer".

A great book about the premier American Battleship of WW II. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 20 years ago. Battleship at War catalogs the relatively brief but action packed career of USS Washington, one of the great ships to serve in the Navy during World War Two. Of all the American battleships to serve during the war, Washington had the most distinguished career, serving in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and sinking the Japanese battleship Kirishima during the Second Naval battle of Guadalcanal.

Ivan Musicant's Battleship at War: The Epic Story of the . Washington" chronicles life aboard the American battleship the . Washington from 1941 through 1946. At the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, the USS Washington sank an enemy battleship by gunfire, the only United States battleship to ever do so. Focusing on events that took place on the battleship, Musicant based Battleship at War on ship's logs and interviews with scores of men who served aboard the vessel.

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I’m re-reading the book, Battleship at War, by Ivan Musicant. It’s the story of the USS Washington and its exploits during World War Two. One fascinating episode is how the ship changes from a peacetime footing to a wartime footing. It happens quickly and quite by accident. But, it was a critical change, one that probably saved many lives on-board ship. You see, there’s a peacetime way of doing business and there’s a wartime way and the two are nothing alike. The peacetime way is inefficient and cumbersome. The wartime way is generally the most efficient.

Traces the U.S.S. Washington's role in World War II and shares the experiences of sailors and officers aboard the American battleship
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MrRipper
Battleship at War is one of the best WW2 ship histories I have read. I couldn't put the book down until I finished reading it. A proud, beautiful ship, the Washington fought a Japanese fleet in November 14-15, 1942, and demolished and caused the sinking of a Japanese battleship. The ship was home to the likes of trumpeter Harry James, and Lt. Douglas Fairbanks served as a staff officer on board ship. Most of the commanding officers of the ship rose to flag rank. Vice Admiral Willis A Lee served as the ranking officer on board the Washington from late 1942 through the remainder of the war until shortly before the end of the war. The book is an oral history committed to print and is filled with the human element of the life of officers and enlisted men aboard a capital warship. The book made me proud of our Navy in WW2. I am keeping this book handy to re-read when I want to get the feel of real sea battles - it is that good!
Gtonydne
This was an amazing book, one of my favorites by a good deal.

It tells the story of the USS Washington, from birth till victory in WWII (which effectively ended its life. In a real tragedy what's left of the Washington is probably razor blades and paper clips right now . . .)

The perspective is from the men who served on board her, but it does not follow any specific group, it weaves together different crewmembers experience into a composite of what the ship went through. You get an appreciation of what daily life must have been from the lowest ranks to the O-10 Admirals on board during the war. The writing enables this because it is so absorbing, detailed, and fluid.

The USS Washington was in a bit of an odd place historically. It was a battleship in what would prove to be a carrier war, so its prestige status in the fleet was cut short of its designers aspirations as soon as its brethren were settling on the silt in Pearl Harbor. Its technical prestige status would later be eclipsed by the Iowa class battleships, the largest U.S. and widely considered to be the most supreme battleships ever built, likely able to best even the Yamato and Musashi thanks to radar fire control and some other innovative design features. Yet despite this position it would be the USS Washington that would be the battleship to do the most to win the war.

The story follows the ship starting with its shakedown cruise, where you can see just how many teething problems a ship as large as 45,000 ton war wagon will inevitably have, especially considering the level of engineering analyses available to her designers at the time. Training then proceeded to the heat of the Caribbean, complete with Monkey stow-aways. After Pearl the USS Washington is surprisingly sent to the Northern Atlantic to help the British escort convoys on the Murmansk run. The comparison between the American and British navies was particularly interesting. The American radar control of the main and secondary batteries was essentially two orders of magnitude better than what any other nation had in WWII. The most amazing moment on the Murmansk run is when a British battleship slices in half a British destroyer, and how the fleet reacts. However the USS Washington is never fully committed to battle in the North Seas, much to the frustration of her crew.

The Washington then gets called to the Pacific for the eventual push all the way to Japan, starting with the Solomons. Here the Washington proves her worth, especially in the early naval battles around Guadalcanal where victory was very much in doubt. The most distinguished part of her career, and some of the most white knuckle, page turning reading in the book, is when the Washington and South Dakota go toe-to-toe with the Kirishima and Hiei, two Japanese ships of the line. Washington emerges victorious after sending Kirishima to the bottom. The Washington continues to make her presence known with multiple shore bombardment raids. Later in the war she primarily provides anti-aircraft cover for the Halsey's carriers. In another moment of sheer frustration Washington is flagship of TF 34 which is denied the opportunity to pursue Kurita's center force in the Battle of Leyte, despite Admiral Lee's request to Halsey. Had TF 34 engage Kurita it would have been the type of open ocean battleship to battleship engagement that the Navy had been built around for decades, but which never really came to pass.

Despite the intensity of the battles the book really is about life on board the ship, which could be downright tedious when not in the combat zone. There are plenty of foul-ups, lighthearted moments, and horseplay to shield the reader from any boredom however.

The Washington's collision with the Indiana is another astounding piece of real life history, and again expertly crafted into words by the author.

If anyone has a family member who served in the Navy during WWII, if anyone has ever wondered what it was like inside a ship at war, if anyone has an interest in battlehips or their history this book will be tremendously enjoyable. I only hope that someday it is re-published so that more people can be introduced to the amazing story of the Washington and the men who fought her in the greatest naval war in history.
Wild Python
I begin by joining other reviewers' regret that this very fine book is out of print. Mr. Musicant has done a marvelous job of weaving the historical events associated with this distinguished battleship together with the lives of the officers and men who served on her. The illustrious history of USS Washington is fairly easily accessible to readers interested in naval history. What this volume adds is the human dimension. Mr. Musciant's narrative springs from his reading of the ship's log and his unparalleled opportunity to interview many of her veterans four decades after World War II.

At first, I found the repetition of the mundane details of "shifting flags" when Washington got underway, the amount of chain needed for her to anchor when she returned, and the number of gallons of "Navy black" needed to refuel her a bit tedious, but they soon provided a rhythm of what service aboard this ship during the War must have been like. The reminiscences of those who served and survived were also very engaging. I particularly enjoyed the vignettes about Admiral Lee, who lived just long enough to know that victory over Japan had been achieved. The day of the battleship may have been over, but Washington provided a glorious sunset.

This is a highly rewarding book; find it and read it.
Kiaile
I could not believe I could still find this. I am researching a book about her sister the USS North Carolina. I think I can prove the North Carolina was deployed to the Pacific in January of 1942 instead of June 10th, after Midway, and that she was at Midway. The author of this book includes stories of taking the Washington out of Philidelphia and painging out the name, changing the 56 to 55, running manauvers, then putting in to New York only to go back out and reverse the process.
Pad
An excellent narrative by the author that puts you right in the middle of the action if you'll pardon the cliche. From commissioning, to the end of the war and the sad decommissioning in 1947. Not a very long life for such a awesome piece of wartime history. I think one of the reasons the USS Washington did not rate more publicity was because she began her wartime service in the far north Atlantic where the Germans operated their pocket battleships. These units just did not provide much action directly against wartime battle units while they attacked the convoys going from the United States to England, France, etc., and it wasn't until the Washington was moved to the south Pacific 18 or so months later did she sink her teeth and her 16 inch guns into the Japanese war machine. Musicant (the author) does an excellent job using what references he had to put the action into proper context.

I ordered this book in used condition and it was delivered in a timely manner and in very good condition. Thank you.