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MIGHTY MIDGETS AT WAR: The Saga of the LCS(L) Ships From Iwo Jima to Vietnam. This excellently researched book illuminates the exploits of a class of war ship which is little known to most Americans.
MIGHTY MIDGETS AT WAR: The Saga of the LCS(L) Ships From Iwo Jima to Vietnam. -- Navy Ships --
Based exclusively on original sources such as ship's logs, action reports, and correspondence and interviews with actual wartime participants, it includes over 100 photos and illustrations, and follows the careers of these great ships from World War II to Vietnam. In several cases, it follows ships to their eventual retirement or sale to other countries.
This excellently researched book illuminates the exploits of a class of war ship which is little known to most Americans of the Twentieth Century but which, nonetheless, rendered vital service on the part of the U.S. Navy in World War II: the LCS(L), or Landing Craft Support Vessel (Large). "Large" is a relative word. LCS(L)s were larger than other landing craft but, at only 150' in length, they were tiny compared to most combatant ships. They were designed to deliver heavy firepower from guns and rockets from shallow water positions near the shore. For the crew of 6 officers and 65 men, great courage was required.
This 299-page book traces the full history of the vessels, from design inception to construction in the shipyards to the battles in the Pacific war. The author used actual deck logs of the ships to recreate the tense moments of combat at places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
After the war, many of the LCS(L)s were transferred to the French Navy for use in Indochina, and eventually the South Vietnamese Navy put the vessels to good use against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. The author has done great service to the crews of these Mighty Midgets, and students of naval warfare will enjoy reading this book.