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Sea Monsters

Savage Submarine Commanders of World War Two

(9 customer reviews)
Authors: Tony Matthews
16/Aug/2021
Submarines, Military History, World War II
348
Paperback
153mm x 230mm
9781922488732
$29.99

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The true story of a deeply murderous intent that lurked menacingly beneath the waves during World War Two.

The torpedoes strike explosively and nine thousand people die — five thousand of them are just defenceless children.

Another ship founders after being attacked by a brutal submarine commander and the ship’s crew and passengers are used in a murderous kind of blood-sport.

Merchant seamen are savagely machine-gunned in the water, callously slaughtered with hand-grenades or simply left to the circling sharks.

And hundreds of doctors, nurses, ship’s crew, ambulance drivers and hospital orderlies are viciously killed without compassion, despite being protected by the Geneva Convention.

From the heart-rending account of the sinking of the German liner Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945 — the worst maritime disaster in world history — through to a variety of other brutal actions carried out by numerous submarine commanders, including the sinking of the hospital ship Centaur in 1943, this book comes from the deep shadows of a tragic past. It reveals the terrible truth of a secretive war that was responsible for the deaths of unimaginable numbers of innocent people.

Sea Monsters includes powerful and poignant interviews with survivors — never before published.

Tony Matthews

Tony Matthews

Tony Matthews is a Queensland author who has dedicated almost his entire adult life to writing and researching Australian history. He also writes extensively on military and espionage history with a specific emphasis on both world wars. He is the author of more than thirty books including several historical novels.

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9 reviews for Sea Monsters

  1. Sea Monsters; Savage Submarine Commanders of World War II is a carefully crafted and stunningly emotive history written with considerable passion by one of Australia’s leading war historians.

    https://noosatoday.com.au/news/27-07-2021/centaur-survivors-finally-tell-their-powerful-stories/

  2. Meticulously researched, this powerful publication drills down into the heart of the stories to reveal the true nature and previously hidden background to these events. From the heart-rending account of the sinking of the German liner Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945, the worst maritime disaster in world history; through to a variety of other brutal actions carried out by numerous submarine commanders, this book reveals the awful truth of a secretive war that was responsible for the deaths of unimaginable numbers of innocent people. As usual, the author leaves no historical stones unturned in a deep and persistent search for the truth.

  3. The release of a new book by Tony Matthews is always an event keenly anticipated by those who love history, and Tony’s new publication lives up to the promise of an intriguing and beautifully-crafted read.

  4. A new book by Queensland author Tony Matthews reveals what it was like for the survivors of the Australian hospital ship Centaur after it had been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943.
    Sea Monsters, Savage Submarine Commanders of World War Two, includes a detailed chapter not only on the life of Hajime Nakagawa, the submarine commander who sank the vessel, killing 268 people including doctors, nurses and orderlies, but also reveals what it was like for those few who survived – told intimately through the eyes of the survivors themselves.

  5. Sea Monsters is a book about some of the most ruthless submarine commanders of World War Two and the activities they undertook which resulted in the destruction of an uncountable number of lives. Meticulously researched, this powerful publication drills down into the heart of the stories to reveal the true nature and previously hidden background to these events.

  6. a carefully crafted and stunningly emotive history written with considerable passion by one of Australia’s leading war historians.

  7. These priceless interviews now give the reader an intense and realistic, almost minute-by-minute, description of what actually happened aboard the Centaur after it had been torpedoed.

  8. The release of a new book by Tony Matthews is always an event keenly anticipated by those who love history, and Tony’s new publication lives up to the promise of an intriguing and beautifully crafted read.
    https://www.sunshinevalleygazette.com.au/blog/centaur-survivors

  9. Meticulously researched

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