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Sea Monsters

Savage Submarine Commanders of World War Two

(11 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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11 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

  10. Review of ‘Sea Monsters’ by Mark Copolov:

    I’m a baby boomer & WWII buff who has read many books on WWII. I’ve just read Tony’s wonderful book ‘Sea Monsters’. It’s the best and easiest to read WWII book I’ve ever read – and I’ve read many.

    I find many WWII books ‘dry’, but Tony makes them more ‘human’ by, for example, including interviews with survivors. The photos are of good quality, their captions are interesting and informative. Even the cover is exceptional!

    This true story, about some of the most ruthless submarine commanders during WWII is one that needs to be told. There are various stories including one about how submarine captain Hajime Nakagawa decided to sink an allied hospital ship (the ‘Centaur’) with hundreds of doctors, nurses, ship’s crew, ambulance drivers and hospital orderlies on board. This is beyond comprehension and, of course, against the Geneva Convention. Tony also tells the story of German submarine commander Heinz Eck, who sank the Greek cargo vessel ‘Peleus’ in 1944 and then brutally machine-gunned and hand-grenaded survivors in the water.

    Where possible Tony includes the trial details of these monsters and delivers the verdict too, so at least this has some sort of resolution.

    This book is a true tribute to the unfortunate people whose paths crossed with these sea monsters. These poor souls should not be forgotten.

    I’ve just ordered Tony’s ‘Quiet Courage’ and am looking forward to receiving it.

    Mark Copolov

  11. The story is well researched and compelling, and in respect of “Centaur” the story includes a number of personal accounts from survivors taken in interviews conducted by the author. While the actions of those involved cannot in any way be condoned, we might consider that savagery was committed by both sides during WWII, especially amplified by hatred driven by exaggerated propaganda.

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