The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour Spiral-Bound |
James D Hornfischer, Doug Murray (Adapted by), Steven Sanders (Drawings by), Matt Soffe (Inked or colored by), Rob Steen (Other)
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
In October 1944, Allied forces began landing on the Philippine island of Leyte. Quickly assessing the threat of the Allied invasion, the Japanese navy sought to counterattack. But with the island protected by the full strength of Admiral William F. Halsey's Third Fleet, a direct attack was nearly impossible. Undeterred, the Japanese Admiralty deployed their forces, engaging the Third Fleet and retreating in a manner that drew the fleet into a hot pursuit. However, Admiral Halsey had been deceived, and the Japanese plan had taken his fleet out of position to defend the American beachhead.
With the northern route to Leyte open and unguarded, the Japanese Center Force--a fleet led by the battleship Yamato, the largest and most powerful battleship ever constructed--seemingly had a clear path to the landing beaches on Leyte. Only one thing stood between the Japanese forces and the vulnerable objective.
Taffy 3, a small task unit from the Seventh Fleet was made up of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and escort aircraft carriers; thirteen ships with little firepower and even less armor. On the morning of October 25, 1944, Taffy 3 suddenly became the only obstacle between the Allied landings and the Japanese Center Force. Hopelessly outmanned and outgunned, Taffy 3 plunged into battle. The ensuing action, known as the Battle off Samar, became one of the greatest last stands in naval history.
Doug Murray is a comic book writer and novelist. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the Army in Vietnam and was the main writer on the popular comic book series The 'Nam, published by Marvel Comics.
Steven Sanders is an illustrator from Kansas City, Missouri. His work has appeared in the distinguished SPECTRUM anthology and has drawn a number of comics for Marvel and Image Comics.
Matt Soffe is a freelance colorist and illustrator originally from the North West of England, now based in California. His work has appeared in many publications over the last ten years, including 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and Heavy Metal Magazine, as well as with publishers such as Z2 Comics, Accent UK, Soaring Penguin, Printed in Blood, and Topps.
Rob Steen has lettered books for most major comic companies. He is also the illustrator of the Flanimals children's book series written by Ricky Gervais, and the children's book Erf, written by Garth Ennis. His latest book is The Pod.