She was the pride of the Navy, a colossal floating fortress, Flagship of the Pacific Fleet. A super-dreadnought, USS California served her country for decades, until the era of great battleships came to a close.
Share the stunned reality of the attack that nearly sent her down in flames at Pearl Harbor. Be a witness to the tragedies and acts of heroism that redeemed the catastrophe before California’s return to play a key role in the climactic battles that won the war in the Pacific.
Blue Water Beat commemorates the history of USS California, and keeps alive the memory of a time when the words “Pacific Fleet” and “United States Fleet” filled the nation with pride in America’s powerful armada, the awesome sight of the big guns, the immense scale of the war games, and the grandeur and beauty of great fleets putting out to sea.
With new photographs and up to date information, this second edition of Blue Water Beat brings the history of USS California into the twenty-first century.
BLUE WATER BEAT: THE TWO LIVES OF THE BATTLESHIP USS CALIFORNIA
by George F. Gruner
- Hard cover, large format, 320 pp., 140+ photos & illus., biblio., index
- ISBN 978-1-889901-65-7
- Price: $44.95
The Battle of Leyte Gulf — four major naval actions — was the greatest sea battle in history, and the U.S. Navy’s revenge for Pearl Harbor. The Surigao Strait action has been called the Navy’s greatest single triumph, a model of timing, coordination and execution. Among the ships were five survivors of Pearl Harbor including USS Maryland.
Howard Sauer served aboard Maryland. This is a unique, behind-the-guns view — the drills, the Pacific campaigns, the torpedo and kamikaze attacks; and a fascinating eyewitness account riding the battle line at Surigao in the last “Crossing of the T”.
THE LAST BIG-GUN NAVAL BATTLE
The Battle of Surigao Strait, An Eyewitness Account
by Howard Sauer
- 224 pp, 70+ photos, maps, illustrations, Appendices, indexed
- ISBN 1-889901-08-3
- Price: $26.95
- Now in its third printing!