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Twenty million tons under the sea
Gallery, Daniel V.
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2001.

Physical Description:
344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm.
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Originally published: Chicago : Regnery, 1956.
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D782.U18 G3 1956 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In June 1944, U.S. Navy Task Group 22.3, a "hunter-killer" force commanded by Daniel Gallery to track down German submarines, boarded and captured U-505 off the coast of Africa. It was the first time that an enemy ship of war had been captured on the high seas by U.S. Navy sailors since 1815, when the USS Peacock seized HMS Nautilus as part of the War of 1812. The extraordinary feat is described in gripping narrative by Gallery himself, who chronicles the long and arduous battle against the German U-boat under the most hazardous conditions. Once they succeeded in capturing and towing their prize seventeen-hundred miles across the Atlantic Ocean, U-505 proved to be of inestimable value, yielding secrets to radio codes among other things. U-505 is now on exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Author Notes

Rear Admiral Daniel Vincent Gallery (July 10, 1901 - January 16, 1977) was an officer in the United States Navy who saw extensive action during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, his most notable achievement was the capture of the German submarine U-505 on June 4, 1944. In the post-war era, he was a leading player in the so-called ""Revolt of the Admirals"" - the dispute between the Navy and the Air Force over whether the U.S. Armed Forces should emphasize aircraft carriers or strategic bombers. Gallery was also a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction.