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No Banners, No Bugles

Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The unheralded story of how salvage helped the Allies win back North Africa. By the time America joined World War II, Edward Ellsberg had already earned his place as one of the world’s great marine salvage engineers, and his best-selling accounts of raising doomed submarines and histories of classic diving operations had made him a literary star. With America’s entry into the war, Ellsberg returned to active duty with no easy assignment: clearing the vital port at Massawa, Eritrea, with no men, no equipment, and no budget.

No Banners, No Bugles picks up with Ellsberg stationed at Oran, Algeria, an important Mediterranean harbor as the Allies prepare for Operation Torch, the fight to reclaim North Africa from the Axis powers. Following his success at Massawa, Ellsberg must sort out the disorganized mess left by the Vichy French and find a way to open the port, though his flagging health proves to be a dangerous obstacle. As General Eisenhower’s chief of salvage in the Mediterranean, Ellsberg needs to clear harbors all across North Africa. No Banners, No Bugles is the riveting story of how Ellsberg the miracle worker tackled his greatest mission yet.

©1949 Edward Ellsberg and Lucy Buck Ellsberg (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • logan
  • 17-02-17

Great story, horrible narration.

I really enjoyed the story of the previous two books I've listened to from Edward Ellsberg and enjoyed the narrators with both those books. This book I enjoyed the story but can't stand the narrator. He sounds like a Monotoned Forrest Gump who smoked to much weed before recording the book.

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  • AJC
  • 17-06-19

LITTLE KNOWN BUT IMPORTANT WW II HISTORY

This book is about the work of U.S. and British naval salvage crews in WW II. It is a historical reminiscence of the important and dangerous work done by naval salvagers and divers in the North African front. It is written by Admiral Edward Ellsberg who was in charge of salvage operations in French North Africa. Narration was good and had the right amount of emotion and expression.

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  • James I. McLallen
  • 26-07-16

A classic - things you never knew about D-Day

A great read with fantastic technical descriptions. I have read it several times and get something new from it each time. If you like history this book is a must read.

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  • scott pedoto
  • 21-08-15

A little acknowledged part of the war

Good story. However the narrator has the speed and conveys emotion with speech like I imagine the cartoon character Droopy would. I also think from listening to Ellsberg's books, in the forties or fifties we lost every thesaurus to the war effort. If we didn't he should have "turned to" on one. War is hell. Hell on using variable phrases and words.

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