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Op 25 oktober 1944 voerde de Amerikaanse onderzeeër S.S. Tang zijn vijftiende gevechtsmissie uit. Met nog slechts twee torpedo's werd er een laatste beschieting uitgevoerd, waarna de bemanning begon met de voorbereiding van de terugreis. Maar het onvoorstelbare gebeurde: de torpedo veranderde van koers en raakte de onderzeeër, die daarop 180 meter naar de zeebodem zonk.SleOp 25 oktober 1944 voerde de Amerikaanse onderzeeër S.S. Tang zijn vijftiende gevechtsmissie uit. Met nog slechts twee torpedo's werd er een laatste beschieting uitgevoerd, waarna de bemanning begon met de voorbereiding van de terugreis. Maar het onvoorstelbare gebeurde: de torpedo veranderde van koers en raakte de onderzeeër, die daarop 180 meter naar de zeebodem zonk.Slechts een handvol bemanningsleden overleefde deze ramp, waarop hun een angstaanjagende vlucht naar de oppervlakte wachtte. Maar daarmee waren ze nog niet gered - de overlevenden werden opgepikt door een Japans oorlogsschip en geïnterneerd in een krijgsgevangenkamp…...

Title : De overlevenden
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ISBN : 9789045309040
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Number of Pages : 186 Pages
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De overlevenden Reviews

  • Veeral
    2019-01-25 15:26

    My fascination with sea stories started when I read Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember in my early teenage years. All the descriptions of the ship’s weight, the gigantic plates, millions of rivets, and of course the eventual tragedy of the legendary ship left an indelible mark on my teenage mind. Henceforth, I started reading anything and everything related to ships, which, in time, made me a fan of World War history too.Then the World Wars introduced me to another spellbinding subject - subsurface warfare. Submarines.Das Boot was the first movie I ever saw which was not made in English or Hindi. Needless to say, I have been a fan of submarines and U-boats ever since. Whether it was the sinking of the Royal Oak in Scapa Flow or the brave but suicidal mission of the British midget submarines against the mighty Tirpitz, I simply couldn’t get enough. The bravery of the men of the rickety submarine B-11, that successfully crossed the Ottoman navy infested waters of Dardenelles and sank the 9250 ton Mesûdiye in World War-I, also held me in total awe of the submariners. My never-ending search for books on submarines brought me to Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew by Alex Kershaw, and I am glad to say that it’s another great addition to my ever-increasing hoard of material on sea warfare. The book is written in the vein of what you could call popular history, and true to its title, it plunges right into action from the start. The book follows Richard Hetherington O’Kane, one the most famous and successful submarine skippers of US Navy in World War-II, who while commanding USS Tang sank 33 enemy ships. In fact, he was so aggressive that some even doubted his sanity. But then again, even in peacetime, if you consider the risks involved while patrolling in a submarine, the boys who sign up to be submariners won’t exactly strike you as to be inspirers of sanity. Despite O’Kane’s maverick attitude, the torpedo that eventually sank the “Tang” was not from any enemy vessel, but one of its own. The US Navy torpedoes of World War-II were seriously faulty; they often failed to detonate on impact. Sometimes they even made a circular run and hit their own submarines. “Tang” was probably hit by one of its own circuitous torpedoes. Ironically enough, this time, the torpedo didn’t fail to detonate. The “Tang” sank to the bottom of the ocean where the depth was about 180 feet. With the help of Momsen Lung, thirteen men made for the surface, but eventually only five survived. O’Kane was able to escape from the bridge before the submarine sank, along with three others. The nine survivors were then captured as POWs by the Japanese and were transported to mainland Japan where they would spend rest of the war in a POW camp so horrible that it was nicknamed “Torture Farm”.Thankfully, Alex Kershaw has spared us the grisly details of “Torture Farm”. He has mainly concentrated on describing the escape efforts of the survivors from the sunken submarine (As I said earlier, the book remains true to its title, “Escape from the Deep”). I am really surprised that no one from Hollywood has already made a movie out of this book.*********************************************************Check out my nautical non-fiction and fiction shelves if you too are interested in nautical books.

  • Chris
    2019-02-19 21:15

    If you enjoyed the movie Das Boot or U-571, this book will be right up your alley.  It is an almost unbelievable WWII submarine survival story that happens to be 100% true.  It is about the USS Tang and her crew, who managed to sink 33 Japanese ships on five war patrols between August 1943 and October 1944. This story focuses on the events that occurred on its last mission in the Formosa straight deep in enemy territory.

  • Ed
    2019-02-19 16:00

    Unfortunately, my knowledge of the submarine service was limited to watching "Das Boot" and "Run Silent, Run Deep". Alex Kershaw has expanded this considerably by his truly amazing story of incredible courage and tenacity of the captain and crew of the USS Tang, the most decorated submarine in US Navy history.In mid 1944, the Tang's Captain O'Kane, an "ace" of the submarine service, volunteered to hunt the enemy solo in the Formosa straight off the coast of China, a "target rich" environment of Japanese freighter's, transports, etc. After successfully destroying multiple ships, the last torpedo fired made a U turn and sunk the Tang. Miraculously, 9 men escaped the submerged boat - 87 sailors perished. The nine survivors were picked up by the Japanese Navy and interned for the remainder of the war under cruel and intolerable conditions. Captain O'Kane later was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role as the commander of the Tang and supporting his fellow POW's in Japan. Since the "Tang" was "lost at sea", it was thought all hands were dead. The Japanese did not report them as POW's and were considered war criminals and treated accordingly. The US had broken the Japanese naval code and knew there were 9 Tang survivors but could not notify their families for fear of publicizing their knowledge of the Japanese naval code. Sadly, all except three wives married other men believing they were widows.

  • Scott Taylor
    2019-02-19 15:56

    ESCAPE FROM THE DEEP touched my heart. The crew of the USS Tang, a US submarine, conduct a series of successful patrols only to find themselves victims of their own arsenal. What follows is the harrowing story of their escape from a sunk sub, a long wait in the water, and then long-term imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Japanese until their eventual rescue. I liked this account. Very straightforward, not embellished at all by unrelated information. Razor focused on what happened to these men, it makes for a compelling drama that also just happens to be real. You get a sense while reading of the culture of a US submarine during WW II, and the tactics of the Silent Service, as they called the sub units. But you also learn of the real human cost of war at sea.A few of the most poignant moments for me were how the memory loved ones kept one of the survivors from losing all hope. How difficult it was to survive a sinking like the one they endured - in that day it was mostly assumed that all hands would just be lost in these incidents. And finally, the stark and brutal accounts of the Japanese prisoner of war system. The final moments for the surviving men in the forward torpedo room and their decisions of life and death will make your heart weep. And of doctor Larson who tried to minister to as many as he could in the midst of all that chaos and suffering. Some men, those who couldn't swim or who just couldn't fathom trying to leave the sub out of fear, simply lay and waited for death. Others tried to get out and failed. The whole time, conditions in the sub were making it difficult to think, and there were fires and poisonous fumes abounding. Its a miracle any made it out at all. These men were true heroes, in all they endured, and I salute them. Thanks for reading.

  • Cameron
    2019-02-13 21:02

    If there is any doubt as to who is the preeminent World War II author of our time, one needs to read no further than Alex Kershaw's thrilling account of the perilous journey of the nine sailors who survived both the bizarre circumstances of their submarine sinking as well as the horrors of a Japanese POW camp. This is the third Kershaw book I have read in about the past year or so and I continue to be impressed with the pitch-perfect way that he encapsulates the human story of the war. Through extensive research about the individuals involved, the author is able to turn the account into a thrilling tale that is as inspiring as it is tragic.

  • Pamela
    2019-02-14 15:56

    War related non-fiction often comes across as bullet-statement staccato and fact-pounding dry. However, that isn't the case with "Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew." Kershaw masterfully blends together meticulously researched data, technical jargon, and chronological facts, with that of heartfelt human elements, trials, and tragedies - so compassionately and seamlessly, I felt as if I'd traveled back in time and was experiencing the harrowing events and struggles firsthand. It touched me deeply. Freedom isn't free. May we never forget the sacrifices of our service members, past and present, lest the price they pay be in vain.

  • 'Aussie Rick'
    2019-01-20 16:06

    A decent account by Alex Kershaw of the U.S. Navy submarine USS Tang, and its crew on its final mission during WW2. The book was an easy, light read and offered an interesting account of this final mission and what happened to the crew. I felt that this book was not of the same standard as his other accounts but still an OK read of a legendary submarine and its captain, Commander Richard O'Kane. Having said that this is a story that deserves to be read by as many people as possible so we don't forgot those who gave their all.

  • Betty
    2019-01-21 15:11

    This book did not disappoint! It was a suspenseful story about a submarine that sunk, and about the crew, and their horrible ordeal during the sinking and afterwards, when they were prisoners of the Japanese. It was a claustrophobic persons nightmare! Actually, it was anybody's nightmare! These legendary men and their legendary submarine, the 'Tang', should never be forgotten! I enjoyed it and learned a lot. I am glad I read it and recommend it to anyone that likes history.

  • David Eppenstein
    2019-02-07 23:05

    I do not know how to review this book. To say anything even remotely critical would feel like I was insulting the memories of men that suffered and sacrificed so much. The book is a very accurately detailed telling of the final mission of WWII's most decorated submarine, the USS Tang. I read "Unbroken" about a year or so ago and that book moved me greatly. That book was about the experience of one man while this book is really about an entire crew and ultimately the 9 survivors of that crew. In both books there is a horrific trial at sea followed by brutal treatment as POWs. This book is a much quicker read as it only deals with the war time experiences and is light on family history before and after the war. It is also sufficiently detailed in Japanese treatment of prisoners but is not unnecessarily graphic. It is sad to think that these sailors endured so much and yet their sacrifices are almost entirely unknown outside the Navy and the submarine service. This was a book well worth reading.

  • T.R. Wallace
    2019-01-23 18:11

    Alex Kershaw’s Escape from the Deep is a compelling story of survival, courage and honor of the nine men who survived the sinking of one the most decorated American submarines of WWII the USS Tang. From those who escaped from a depth of 180 feet below the waves only to find themselves battling against the frigid waters of the Formosa Straights, to the brutal treatment they endured at the hands of their Japanese captors who beat and starved them for over a year at the Ofuna POW camp known as "The Torture Farm". Nine men survived of a crew of eighty seven honoring their country, the US Navy, themselves thru their conduct as sailors and POW's. Never did they violate the rules of conduct despite the torture they endured. They are a credit to their country, the Navy, and their generation. This is a story that should never be forgotten. May God bless them all with peace now that they have joined their shipmates on Eternal Patrol.

  • Neil
    2019-01-30 23:24

    This is well executed WWII adventure nonfiction. It's the story of the USS Tang, a submarine in the Pacific theater that was one of the most successful American ships of the war. Eventually the ship was sunk (I won't spoil with telling you how, but it was cruelly ironic). Some of the submariners escaped and then had to survive some tough Japanese prison camps until the end of the war.It's a remarkable story and Kershaw tells it well. The first two-thirds of the book, which cover the Tang's patrols, her sinking, and especially the harrowing escape of the men, is first class. The book loses a little bit of steam at the end. The story of captivity in Japanese prison camps was more familiar to me and has been told better in other books (try Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides for instance). It's not bad, just not as vivid as the rest.I listened to this on audiobook and it works very well in that format. The narrator did a good job of capturing the story's suspense.

  • David
    2019-02-13 23:00

    Great story, well told, something every American should know something about and be proud of. I learned a lot about some terrifically courageous members of our armed forces in WWII who should continue to be honored and remembered. Three stars means I liked it, which I did. A higher rating would have meant that I felt more than I actually ended up feeling about this book (which I "read" as an audiobook on CDs). When you stop to think about what these guys did, it's just unbelievable, but somehow the overwhelming sense of awe, wonder, etc. just doesn't come through. I was not emotionally moved as I am sure I would have been had I met any one of these guys. The facts are there, but there's just not that much emotion behind the telling in this case, and that's what makes a 4-5 star book for me.

  • Ellen
    2019-02-18 22:13

    Thanks to this book, my longstanding vague interest in submarines has developed into a fascination with the exploits of the Silent Service in WWII. This survival story is riveting and intense, and will give you a great deal of respect for the indomitable courage displayed by these submarine warriors. Kershaw's style is extremely engaging, and I will definitely be reading more of his work in the future.

  • Kelby
    2019-02-07 21:00

    Another Kershaw book that sucked me in and put me in the middle of battle and survival.The book has the feel of a Tom Clancy book but the human component is something that only Kershaw can deliver.Now.... if I could get my hands on The Longest Winter.... I will be set.

  • Russ
    2019-02-08 18:24

    Amazing story; well told.

  • Kevin Firth
    2019-02-13 16:02

    Kept me on the edge of my seat, very brave men that made a difference

  • Kathy
    2019-01-22 19:24

    Excellent history of WWII in the Pacific.

  • Ann
    2019-02-07 17:08

    This is one of those books that reminds us of why the WWII generation of soldiers is called, "the greatest generation". The bravery and heroism of the men aboard the U.S. submarine TANG in the Pacific theater was inspiring. While only a few escaped the eventual downing of their submarine, the ones who did, did so as the first to ever escape a submarine from the depth of over 180 feet. The heartbreaking realization that they encountered after surviving the downing of their sub, was that they were going to be captured by the Japanese. The account of their survival of the tortures of the Japanese prison camp as POW's was a reminder of the incredible resilience of the human spirit ... and the awful horrors of war. My husband and I listened to this on audo tape on a recent road trip ... it made the miles go by so much faster !!

  • Stephen
    2019-01-27 20:16

    A riveting WWII story that reads more like a novel than history. Captain Dick o'Kane is a model of commitment and humility. Made me thankful once again for the great sacrifice of our military to protect our freedom every day.

  • Sean Wylie
    2019-02-03 16:17

    An incredible story for anyone who enjoys war history or human perseverance. It follows the story of the men of the USS Tang, the most effective US submarine in WWII. You get to know the men as they carry out what remains today the most successful tour of submarine duty. The unit is believed to have sunk 15 enemy ships using only 24 torpedoes. Sadly it was the 25th torpedo (their last) that malfunctioned and sank the Tang. Amazingly 9 men managed to escape the sinking Tang, only to be captured and imprisoned by the furious Japanese. US submarine warfare in the Pacific Ocean during WWII is often called the Silent War. Not only because of the stealthy way in which a submarine attacks, but because the efforts and successes of the submarine fleet were kept completely classified and never published in the official war briefs from the US military. The US submarine fleet was by far the most deadly and efficient group of sailors in the Pacific theater. We did not want the Japanese to know why that so many of their missing ships were being sunk by submarines. It is often said the is was the Japanese running out of soldiers as a primary reason for their defeat, however it was running low on oil that truly hastened their defeat. US submarines were incredibly skilled in destroying the slow moving oil tankers.

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-01-21 22:10

    “Escape from the Deep” by Alex Kershaw, published by Da Capo Press.Category – Military History Publication Date – April 29, 2008.If one has been in a World War II submarine you know that it is very claustrophobic, and scary. Even today with the much larger nuclear subs it is hard for me to imagine serving on one, especially when it is under water.The history of the USS Tang shows that it well may have been the best sub serving in the Navy during World War II.It sunk more enemy ships than any other sub. The skipper, Commander Richard H. Kane, on his fifth patrol, was given the choice of a dangerous mission or a normal war assignment. Of course he took the dangerous mission.The Tang was operating in the Formosa Strait when a torpedo it had fired malfunctioned and turned on the Tang. The torpedo hit the Tang and sunk her in 180 feet of water. Since the Tang was in only 180 feet of water it was possible for the crew to escape through a hatch that would lead them to the surface. Unfortunately, most of the crew, still alive, decided not to escape either through fear, or the fact that their rationalization was fogged by toxic fumes and lack of air.Those that did escape questioned their decision when they were placed in a Japanese torture camp. Only nine of the original eighty-seven man crew survived.Great action and war story.

  • Andrew Chmyr
    2019-02-20 23:23

    Spent the day at my stepson and daughter in-law so I had all day to read while my wife was busy with her granddaughter so I finished this book today. A very good read but defiantly a heart breaker. Being a military historian I already knew the fate of the Tang and her crew. The pure irony of this famous boat being sunk by one of her own torpedoes and the very last one she had on this patrol almost put me off from reading it. In fact I had passed it by in a local book store several times before buying it.While a tough read I liked the book, it's well written and the author doesn't gloss over the horror on board Tang after being sunk by her own torpedo or the ill treatment of the handful of survivors at the hands of the Japanese. He also doesn't vilify the entire population of Japan because of the harsh treatment of prisoners of war at the hands of the Japanese military. The small kindnesses shown by some guards and local civilians while small are quite touching. All in all if you have an interest in WWII and the submarine war in particular I highly recommend "Escape From the Deep".

  • Kevin Witkum
    2019-02-14 23:19

    Escape From the Deep by Alex Kershaw is a must read for any fan of World War 2 books. Escape From the Deep is a true story which highlights the crew of the submarine, The USS Tang and its many patrols in Japanese territory. Some of the main characters are Dick O'Kane, who was the captain of the submarine, Clay Decker was the Engineer, Jessie DaSilva was the motor machinist, and Narowanski, who was the Torpedo man. On its last patrol, it was sunk by its own weapons and the crew is left in the open waters. Escape from the Deeptakes you on their journey and how agonizing it was to try and survive out in the open waters. Eventually after some time floating in the ocean, a Japanese patrol boat rescues them from the water and brings then to a camp where they are also faced with survival as they are beaten and tortured and left with barely enough food to survive.Read the book to find out the fate of the crew. You can't pass this book up if you want a story of courage and survival when the odds of staying alive are slim.

  • Donnie Edgemon
    2019-02-17 22:10

    I have really taken to Kershaw's work. Steven Ambrose's early death left a void in the popular WWII books based on personal narratives of participants at all levels. "Bedford Boys", "The Longest Winter", and "The Few" are great stories from an author who seemed to be getting his legs under him. "Escape from the Deep" is similar to Kershaw's past work, this time with a story of submarine warfare, a disaster at sea, a dramatic escape from thirty fathoms, and experience of Americans as Japanese POWs. This was all new material to me in my study of WWII, and I appreciate the new learning. However, there was something about this book that just kept it from engaging me the way that "Bedford Boys" and "The Few" did. I'm not sure what it was missing, because the historic event was every bit as dramatic as the others, but it just didn't connect with me the way I expected from Kershaw's work.

  • Joshua
    2019-02-12 17:58

    A remarkable tale of survival and perseverance, similar to the other great POW stories of WWII. I was initially expecting the book to be primarily concerned with the actual sinking and escape from the USS Tang, but it was actually more of an even split between the escape and the fight for survival in one of Japan's most brutal POW camps. Sadly, only a few of the 87 men aboard the Tang survived the initial catastrophe. I think maybe the saddest part of the Tang's sinking was that many of the surviving men's wives actually remarried, thinking their husbands to be lost. When these brave men returned home, they had to start over, when it was the thought of their wives and families that had kept them motivated to stay alive during their imprisonment.I'm a bit surprised that this story has not yet inspired a movie to be made, a true story, equally engaging as movies such as The Great Escape and The Bridge On The River Kwai.

  • Brian
    2019-02-09 20:20

    After firing the last of its torpedoes and turning around to head to San Francisco after the most successful submarine patrol in US history, the USS Tang is sunk by its own (malfunctioning) torpedo. Of the 87 crewmen only 9 survived and became the only submariners to survive a sinking during WWII. Several of the men actually swam out of the sub from 180 feet down.The survivors were sent to a Japanese POW camp called "The Torture Farm" (charming). While they were "only" imprisoned for eight months, several of the survivors returned to find that their wives had already remarried - ouch!This is a pretty quick read, but the descriptions of how the men escaped from the downed submarine are absolutely riveting. It makes you wonder if the spoiled -rotten, internet-using, Scrabulous-playing candy-asses of today could hack anything remotely similar to what these guys went through.

  • Joseph
    2019-02-05 19:18

    He has written 2 of my favorite books with The Longest Winter and The Bedford Boys. This wasn't up there compared to those two, but it was better then The Few. I liked the book and it was realy interesting learning about the submarine exit and the quotes and detail description of everything. The main people involved had a good background for them for the most part. It was a little bare in some areas though. I think the only issue I had was that it was only 217 pages in the hardcover. It just wasn't enough for me. I wish there was more to the story either the events leading up to it, during it or about their post lives. He touched upon it and so forth, but there wasn't enough pages involved. Don't get me wrong the 217 pages he wrote were solid, I guess I was just hoping for more.Overall good book and recommend.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-26 23:13

    Kershaw continues his series of books about little known but heroic events during WW2, and with concise dramatic writing creates a nice style that every person can admire, even someone who considers history dry and dull can relate to this book. First, it's filled with characters everyone can relate to and they are/were real people. They could be your father or uncle. This book has a little bit of everything: troop camaraderie, bonding, sorrow, pain, prison camp atrocities, dramatic submarine's also enlightening to anyone like myself who knew nothing about subs.I talked with Alex's wife recently and she said he thought that perhaps the book needed to be longer,,,,'no I said, it's just right, it doesn't linger and go on and on with boring details',,i look forward to the next one

  • Andy Doyle
    2019-02-18 17:02

    Escape from the Deep is the story of the USS Tang's last mission during WWII. The Tang is sunk, and for the first time in the history of submarines, some of her crew escape without any assistance from the surface. However, the crew that survives the depth, is picked up by the Japanese. This is a pretty good submarine book. There is very little technical terminology in this book. It focus's on the Tang, so the overarching battle in the Pacific isn't discussed. However, if you are looking for a book that feels like a suspense novel, but involved real life sailors during World War II, this is the book for you.

  • Joshua
    2019-02-09 18:16

    I listened to this one on my commute and its another winner from Alex Kershaw into the world of WW2. This time he writes about the USS Tang, a highly decorated submarine that terrorized the Japanese before being sunk. Sailors didn't survive when subs sank to the depths of the ocean, that is until the Tang. This is a short, quick-paced history, covering the Tang and its crew, submarine warfare and what happens to the survivors. I might seek out something more detailed about what it was like to fight in submarines as I haven't read that much about that regarding WW2--it seems the ground and air troops get most of the attention.