In 1942, the small Mediterranean island of Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth. Its submarine and air attacks on Axis supply convoys were all that kept Rommel from marching across North Africa to take the oil in Iran and Iraq for Hitler. But Malta was out of fuel, down to its final days. Operation Pedestal was Malta's last hope, a giant convoy with more that 50 warships escorting 13 freighters and one life-or-death tanker, the SS Ohio, carrying 103,000 barrels of oil from Texas. It was bombed, torpedoed, and abandoned.
Two American Merchant Mariners, Frederick Larsen and Francis Dales, whose own freighters had sunk in towering flames along with eight others, boarded the Ohio. They repaired the guns and fought the Axis dive-bombers for two days as the sinking tanker was towed by destroyers. Malta was saved, Rommel was turned back, and the Allies started to turn the tide of war.
At All Costs is a gripping story reported in grand historic fashion. It is a tale of unimaginable personal courage and indomitable determination.
©2006 Sam Moses; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
"A historical footnote provides a riveting tale of true American grit during World War II." (Kirkus)
If you are a fan of WWII books this one provides insight into a liitle known but crucial part of the history of one of the key events that made D-Day possible. An inspring story of the relentless bravery of men at war.
From the description I thought it was a story of two American heroes and it seemed to start out that way but it was actually a story of how important Malta was during WWII. I have read a lot of WWII history but for some reason I never noticed the importance of Malta. Now I notice many references to Malta as I read other histories. The book intermingled common seamen and large historical figures and events. It also impressed on how the people of Malta withstood more bombs than fell on London during the same period of time. This was really an eye opener for me and very enjoyable.
Unbelievable story. This book really makes you appreciate what the Greatest Generation went through.
I never knew life was so difficult in the merchant marine.
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