The Mathews Men

The Mathews Men

Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats

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-- The Mathews Men From the late 1930s to 1945, virtually all the fuel, food and munitions that sustained the Allies in Europe traveled not via the Navy but in merchant ships. After Pearl Harbor, those unprotected ships instantly became the U-boats' prime targets. And they were easy targets--the Navy lacked the inclination or resources to defend them until the beginning of 1943. Hitler was determined that his U-boats should sink every American ship they could find, sometimes within sight of tourist beaches, and to kill as many mariners as possible, in order to frighten their shipmates into staying ashore. As the war progressed, men from Mathews sailed the North and South Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, and even the icy Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle, where they braved the dreaded Murmansk Run. Through their experiences we have eyewitnesses to every danger zone, in every kind of ship. Some died horrific deaths. Others fought to survive torpedo explosions, flaming oil slicks, storms, shark attacks, mine blasts, and harrowing lifeboat odysseys--only to ship out again on the next boat as soon as they'd returned to safety. The Mathews Men From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking/Penguin Publishing Group 2016.
ISBN: 9780698184725
0698184726
1410488152
0525428151
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: A gift from the predators
Born to the water
The Devil's shovel
Missing
Professional survivors
"Off Hatteras the tankers sink"
Killing ground to battleground
"Avoid polar bear liver"
Catastrophe
"Please don't tell me"
Counterattack
The conveyor belt
War's end
Legacy
The Mathews men and women.
Summary: -- The Mathews Men From the late 1930s to 1945, virtually all the fuel, food and munitions that sustained the Allies in Europe traveled not via the Navy but in merchant ships. After Pearl Harbor, those unprotected ships instantly became the U-boats' prime targets. And they were easy targets--the Navy lacked the inclination or resources to defend them until the beginning of 1943. Hitler was determined that his U-boats should sink every American ship they could find, sometimes within sight of tourist beaches, and to kill as many mariners as possible, in order to frighten their shipmates into staying ashore. As the war progressed, men from Mathews sailed the North and South Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, and even the icy Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle, where they braved the dreaded Murmansk Run. Through their experiences we have eyewitnesses to every danger zone, in every kind of ship. Some died horrific deaths. Others fought to survive torpedo explosions, flaming oil slicks, storms, shark attacks, mine blasts, and harrowing lifeboat odysseys--only to ship out again on the next boat as soon as they'd returned to safety. The Mathews Men From the Hardcover edition.

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Jan 04, 2017

A fascinating story, and one with broad appeal - both the Merchant Marine sailors who went to sea (and went repeatedly *into* the sea when their ships were torpedoed), and their families' experience at home. The people from this seafaring Virginia county experienced the complete range of WWII on all seas of the world, from Cape Hatteras to Murmansk to Malta to the a-bomb airbase on Tinian. Some of the details become repetitive, but a good yarn!

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