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No Banners, No Bugles

By: Edward Ellsberg
Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
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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.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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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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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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ARGUABLY HIS BEST

IF FOCUS ON THE THRILL OF SUCCESS AND THE AGONY OF FAILURE IS WHAT YOU PREFER, BEGIN ELLSBERG WITH "ON THE BOTTOM". IF YOU WOULD PREFER A BROADER PERPECTIVE ON WAR AND PEACE AND ON HUMANITY AT IT'S BEST AND WORSE, BEGIN WITH THIS BOOK.STILL PLENTY OF SALVAGE YORE.

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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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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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  • 09-25-22

Another great Ellsberg book, but awful narration

I thoroughly enjoyed Ellsberg’s second book. Each of the salvage jobs in the book seems to be a cliff-hanger and you never quite know whether he will succeed. Like the Red Sea book, I was strangely transfixed by his account and eagerly looked forward to my next commute to work to hear more. But the narrator was the worst I have ever heard in Audible. I had to listen at a faster speed just to bear the monotony of the man’s voice. Surely there are readers out there with more intonation and spirit in their voices?

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  • great stone dog
  • 04-30-22

who won the war?

this book gives the impression that he alone won the war, both the British and French come off badly and US red tape little better. the annunciation was great but so boring.

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  • MR R J GREEN
  • 04-25-22

Bad narrator

Started to listen. But the narrator is monotone and difficult to listen too. Shame because it’s apparently a good book

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  • M. WILLIAMS
  • 04-19-22

Excellent story possibly best of the four

There are four books in a series, first "On the Bottom" then "Under the red sea sun", this book and finally "The far shore." This is probably the best, and most revealing of the books and together with "Under the red sea sun" reveals a little discussed part of the second world war with many excellent little stories woven into a bigger narrative. The narrators often struggle with British English and technical words. Being British myself they can be quite fun, Scottish soldiers should be called Scots but are called Scotch here. Quay is for some reason spoken to rhyme with queue rather than key, with Coxwain as Cox-Waine rather than the correct Cox'un. The somewhat derogatory Ities for Italian troops/prisoners should be pronounced eye-tie not as in the book It-Eyes. I strongly recommend reading beneath the red sea sun before this book to put the narrative in order. The far shore is weak compared to the others.

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  • Colin Poole
  • 03-28-22

An excellent listen

This was an excellent listen on a subject I know nothing about and hadn't considered before. I really enjoyed all the detail.