On the morning of March 1, 1942, the WWI-era destroyer USS Edsall--under orders to deliver some forty Army Air Force fighter crews to the beleaguered island of Java--split off from the USS Whipple and the tanker Pecos and was never seen again by Allied forces. Despite the later discovery of bodies identified as Edsall crewmembers near a remote airfield on the coast of Celebes, what happened to the ship remains a matter of mystery and, perhaps, deliberate obfuscation.
This book explores the many puzzling facets of the Edsall’s disappearance in order to finally tell the full story of the fate of the vessel and her crew. Based on exhaustive research of the historical record--including newly deciphered Japanese documents and previously unrevealed material from the crew’s family members--Upon a Blue Sea of Blood offers a painstaking reconstruction of the ship’s history. The book investigates not only the Edsall’s mysterious final action, but also her wide-ranging pre-war career and the curious uses to which her story was put--generally under false pretenses--first by the pre-war U.S. Navy and then by the Japanese wartime propaganda machine. And finally, military historian Donald Kehn considers the circumstances surrounding the curious obscurity of the Edsall’s heroic service and final battle in American histories. Redressing six decades of official indifference, Kehn’s account recovers a significant chapter missing from the history of World War II--and tells a long-overdue story of courage and tragic loss.
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This book is the first to tell the full story of the USS Edsall, a WWI-era destroyer that disappeared on a mission to Java on March 1, 1942. Drawing on exhaustive research, military historian Donald Kehn investigates not only the Edsall’s mysterious final action, but also her wide-ranging pre-war career and the curious uses to which her story was put—first by the pre-war U.S. Navy and then by the Japanese wartime propaganda machine. Redressing six decades of official neglect, his account recovers a significant chapter missing from the history of World War II and tells a long-overdue story of courage and tragic loss.From the Inside Flap:
A Blue Sea of Blood tells the full story of the USS Edsall (DD-219), from her wide-ranging prewar career, including her presence at the infamous Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922, to her mysterious final action, which sent the ship and most of her crew to the bottom of the Indian Ocean. A handful of survivors were perhaps the most unfortunate ones, since they met an even more gruesome fate as prisoners of war of the Japanese.
Through newly deciphered and re-examined Japanese records, previously unknown material from crewmembers’ families, and U.S. Navy, Dutch, and Imperial Japanese Navy documents, author Donald M. Kehn Jr. has reconstructed Edsall’s history as completely as possible. As a result, he is able to examine how Edsall was used during her service and after her end by the pre–World War II U.S. Navy and the Japanese wartime propaganda machine. Surprisingly, both sides used the ship and her crew disingenuously, resulting in her heroic service and final battle being relegated to obscurity in naval histories.
A Blue Sea of Blood redresses over six decades of official neglect and sheds powerful new light upon this little-known incident from World War II. From former Japanese sailors who witnessed Edsall’s heroic David-and-Goliath last stand to the enigmatic Dutch East Indies Army private forced to dig graves for his fellow POWs, this book provides an in-depth and clear picture of the fate of this remarkable ship and her courageous crew. After reading A Blue Sea of Blood, no one will ever again forget the USS Edsall.
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Descripción Zenith Press, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. New, unmarked. 2 maps, 16 pages of illustrations. // Shipped carefully packed in a sturdy box. Nº de ref. de la librería 006326
Descripción Zenith Press, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P11076033353X
Descripción Zenith Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 076033353X New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0885932
Descripción Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., 2008. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. 286 pages, index, black & white photographs. The first book to tell the full story of the USS Edsall, a WWI-era destroyer that disappeared on a mission to Java on March 1, 1942. Nº de ref. de la librería 334818