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If you enjoy Submarines, here are some resources involving Submarines you may enjoy!

Games

Silent Hunter Series

Silent Hunter 3 Cover Art

The Silent Hunter series is a simulation game that depicts different aspects of submarine life from the German and American viewpoints. Attention to the details on the submarines is very good. You can adjust the realism levels based on your skill level, like calculating your own firing solution for example.

For more information on the German Campaign click here or the American Pacific Campaign click here.

Books

Alex Kershaw Book

I really enjoyed this book. The story, writing, crew accounts, attention to detail, all made this story great and gave me a greater appreciation for the submariners, of all nations, and their sacrifices. Here is the summary of the book:

"In October 1944, the U.S. Navy submarine Tang was already legendary—it had sunk more enemy ships, rescued more downed airmen, and pulled off more daring surface attacks than any other Allied submarine in the Pacific. And then, on her fifth patrol, disaster struck. The Tang’s last torpedo went out straight on target, but suddenly malfunctioned, turned back in an erratic “circular run,” and struck the Tang with such enormous force that half of the eighty-seven-man crew was killed instantly."

"The survivors who went down with the Tang struggled to stay alive in their submerged “iron coffin” one hundred eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the oxygen depleted, some of the men made a daring ascent through the escape trunk. In the end just nine men of the original crew survived, including four who had been thrown from the bridge when the faulty torpedo hit, and had managed to tread water for over eight hours. But all of them were just beginning a far greater ordeal."

"After being picked up by a Japanese patrol vessel, the survivors from the Tang were sent to a secret Japanese interrogation camp known as the “Torture Farm.” When they were finally liberated in August 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II."

"Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance in the face of staggering adversity."

To go to the web site for this book please visit here. For an audio copy of this book you can visit here.