World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: The Silent Service

These actions have not been announced in any previous communiqués.

Thus the Navy Department pauses occasionally to announce that a good fistful of Japanese ships has been sunk, and to tell all that is ever told officially about U.S. submarines. By last week the "silent service" had accounted for something over 750,000 tons of Japanese freighters, tankers and warships—9.4% of Japan's pre-war 8,000,000 tons of ships and perhaps one-fifth as much tonnage as German U-boats had sunk of U.S. shipping. This week's Navy announcement credited the subs with seven more ships; three large, two medium, two small, and damage to three...

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