Today tied up on the Cleveland, Ohio waterfront, U.S.S. Cod is the lowest numbered surviving World War II American fleet type submarine. During the war, Cod made a total of seven war patrols, operating from Australia, Hawaii, and Guam.
This book contains the complete text of the war patrol reports submitted by her three wartime commanding officers, Commander James C. Dempsey, Commander James A. Adkins, and Lieutenant Commander Edwin M. Westbrook, jr. Also included is an introduction and notes by popular submarine novelist and historian J.T. McDaniel.
U.S.S. Cod is the second volume in Riverdale Books’ American Submarine War Patrol Reports series.
From the Introduction
An objective assessment of the naval vessels employed in the war against the Japanese Empire in World War II is guaranteed to produce an argument as to which was the most effective. In the public eye, remembering the great naval battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, the aircraft carrier usually takes first place. Naval aviators and carrier sailors will certainly nominate their vessels for the place of honor.
Others, remembering the spectacular images in countless television documentaries, may nominate the mighty battleships. But, huge and impressive though they were, and possessed of tremendous firepower, the most common employment for battleships in the Pacific, or, for matter, in the Atlantic, was shore bombardment in preparation for an invasion. No matter how much the admirals, both American and Japanese, trained in Mahan’s doctrine of sea power, believed in the decisive battle between huge fleets, it never came about.
The reality is that, after Midway, America’s major fleet units mostly found themselves employed in shepherding the Army and Marines from one island to another as they fought their way toward Japan. And, as they did so, the Japanese vessels they feared the most were not battleships or aircraft carriers, but submarines.
The Japanese Imperial Navy never really learned how to use their submarines, some of which were very good. But the American Navy did, taking its cue from the Germans in both World Wars. Because our commanders recognized that the greatest value in the submarine was to be found in attacking the enemy’s merchant shipping, the American fleet type submarine became the single most effective naval weapon in the U.S. Arsenal.
Trade Paperback, 6 x 9, 332 pages, isbn: 978-1-932606-04-1
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