Operation Storm

Operation Storm

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The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of their time In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raida€”this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarinesa€”the Sen-toku or I-400 classa€”designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like U.S. aircraft. The bombers, called Seiran (which translates as a€œstorm from a clear skya€), were tucked in a huge, water-tight hanger on the suba€™s deck. The subs' mission was to travel more than halfway around the world, surface on the U.S. coast, and launch their deadly air attack. This entire operation was unknown to U.S. intelligence. And the amazing thing is how close the Japanese came to pulling it off. John Geoghegana€™s meticulous research, including first-person accounts from the I-401 crew and the U.S. capturing party, creates a fascinating portrait of the Sen-toku's desperate push into Allied waters and the U.S. Navy's dramatic pursuit, masterfully illuminating a previously forgotten story of the Pacific war.to almost nothing, there was little chance of hitting anything they didna#39;t want to. ... The crew lined up on deck wearing white headbands with the characters for a€œ Certain Victorya€ spelled out.22 As the surrounding ... Large in size and slow to submerge, the subs were sitting ducks when anchored in a harbor. ... Dates for when the H3 left Ominato for Truk vary (depending on source) from July 2 to_]uly [5.

Title:Operation Storm
Author: John Geoghegan
Publisher:Crown - 2013-03-19

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