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"War Diary, U.S.S. Fanning" [manuscript title].

At sea June 14, 1917, 109 pp of carbon and typewritten daily accounts, 10 x 8, two holes at top, with metal clasps and cardboard covers, covers rough, pp unevenly toned with some edge wear and corner stains else good, readable and usable, arranged sequentially from back to front. First hand reports of the movements and engagement of the USS Fanning, a modified Paulding-class destroyer. The account opens as the Fanning leaves NY and heads to the North Atlantic as part of a convoy of several other ships. The first attack on the convoy is on June 22 by a supposed submarine; it then heads for France and then Ireland (Queensland). On Nov. 17, 1917, the Fanning's crew sinks the German U-58, taking the crew as prisoners of war; this victory at sea proved a turning point in the war, and the first account is included herein. Mostly matter-of-fact accounts of movements and positions, but if you look hard enough you'll find accounts of submarine attacks, rescues at sea, etc. Marked "Confidential."


Book Id: 97-5145

Price: $450.00

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