By Alex Kershaw
Within the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the mythical U.S. military submarine Tang was once hit by way of one in all its personal defective torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stick alive one hundred-eighty ft underneath the skin, whereas the japanese dropped lethal intensity fees. because the air ran out, many of the workforce made a bold ascent during the get away hatch. in any case, simply 9 of the unique eighty-man team survived.
But the survivors have been starting a much larger ordeal. After being picked up by way of the japanese, they have been despatched to an interrogation camp referred to as the Torture Farm.” after they have been liberated in 1945, they have been just about loss of life, yet they'd published not anything to the japanese, together with the best mystery of global struggle II.
With an analogous heart-pounding narrative force that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter nationwide bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to lifestyles this wonderful tale of survival and patience.
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The passive shelters – barracks, observation posts and combat shelters – were also dispersed to make them more difficult to strike, and to fulfil their functions as troop shelters and combat support for the armoured batteries and infantry works. Command and control was assured by a system of observation and redundant communications. Observatories were placed on the high points of the fort in armoured cupolas equipped with the latest optical equipment – binoculars, periscopes and telemetry scopes.
Existing fortifications could no longer give the batteries sufficient overhead protection to permit them to survive against artillery combat with mobile field artillery. Major Schumann, in his treatise Die Bedeutung drehbarer Geschützpanzer “Panzerlaffeten”, written at the Krupp proving grounds at Magdeburg in 1884, proposed the use of armoured batteries with steel turrets to protect the guns and crew. A radical reform of permanent fortifications was needed. Schumann argued that the way to obtain the desired results was the employment of guns in rotating armoured turrets in place of fixed guns behind ramparts.
Troops manned the picket shelters, blockhouses and counterscarp casemates at all times. While they didn’t stand all day in front of an embrasure with rifle at the ready, since there would be ample time to move to that position in case of alarm, they stayed in the vicinity of their post, ready to respond to any warning. The daily routine was tedious, mostly consisting of sitting and waiting. If the troops were lucky, the commander would give them practice drills and alerts, and based on the written record, this was done quite often in the Imperial Army.