THE WARBELOW is theriveting story of the submarine force that helped win World War II in thePacific by ravaging Japan's merchant fleet and destroying the nation's economy. Focusing onthe unique stories of three of the war's top submarines- Silversides, Drum, and Tang -James Scott takes readers beneath the waves to experience thedetermination, heroism, and tragedy that defined the submarine service. Fromthe thrill of a torpedo hit on a loaded freighter to the terror of depth chargeattacks that shattered gauges and sprang leaks, The War Below vividlyre-creates the camaraderie, exhilaration, and fear of the brave volunteers whotook the fight to the enemy's coastline. Scott recounts incredible feats ofcourage-from an emergency appendectomy performed with kitchen utensils to thedesperate struggle of sailors to escape from a flooded submarine trapped on thebottom-as well as moments of unimaginable tragedy, including an attack on anunmarked enemy freighter carrying 1,800 American prisoners of war. Thecasualty rate among submariners topped that of all other military branches. Thewar claimed almost one out of every five subs-and a submarine crewman was sixtimes more likely to die than a sailor onboard a surface ship. But thesubmarine service accomplished its mission; Silversides, Drum, and Tang sank a combined sixty-two freighters, tankers, and transports. So ravagedfrom the loss of precious supplies due to the destruction of the nation'smerchant fleet were the Japanese that by the war's end hungry civilians atesawdust while warships lay at anchor due to lack of fuel and pilots resorted tosuicidal kamikaze missions. In retaliation, the Japanese often beat, tortured,and starved captured submariners in the atrocious prisoner of war camps. Based onmore than 100 interviews with submarine veterans and thousands of pages ofpreviously unpublished letters and diaries, The War Below will letreaders experience the battle for the Pacific as never before.