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Under the Red Sea Sun

Narrated by: David Baker
Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: History, Military
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A gripping first-hand description of the salvage operations at the port of Massawa on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea during the early days of World War II. When forced from the region, Italian troops had scuttled many ships to block the important harbour, which was vital to the British war effort. Ellsberg, an American salvage officer, was placed in charge and a small group of workers under his direction accomplished an almost Herculean task with virtually no resources. The book paints a realistic picture of confusion and incompetence in the early days of the war.

©1946 Edward E. Pollard and Ann P. Heilakka (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Incredible man delivers on American exceptionalism that defines America thru it’s history

Commander Ellsberg achievements are documented in stories full of drama and non stop challenges that should end each episode as his lesser critics and naysayers assured he must fail just as they had in spite of near zero support and resources
I read the story as teen and could never erase the awesome memories of those can , Will do salvage miracles he engineered


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An unknown American Hero

I must say I am a little biased- I have read everything Edward Ellsberg wrote years ago. Few men tell a tale like the Commander. He has written outstanding historical novels on John Paul Jones and other American adventurers, as well as recorded his own Marine salvage exploits. Ellsberg has the gift of explaining very technical jargon in an easy to understand language that allows you to follow along with no problems. While Patton, MacArthur and Eisenhower were in the newspapers, Ellsberg was in the trenches. If Rear Admiral Ellsberg were not the man who wrote the book on Naval savage, and willing to serve his country when he was needed, the D-day invasion and North African campaigns may have turned out very different in deed. In this book, he nearly single handedly stood up an American Naval base in Massawa and restored the English war ship fleet as well as their merchant ship fleet supplying the North African campaign. The narrator does a great job and relaying the story in an easy to follow narration. I see only four of his books are recorded thus far, keep them coming, because my favorite "Captain Paul" is not listed as yet.