By Robert J. Mrazek
One of many nice untold tales of worldwide struggle II ultimately involves gentle during this exciting account of Torpedo Squadron 8 and their heroic efforts in assisting an outmatched U.S. fleet win severe victories at halfway and Guadalcanal. those 35 American men--many flying superseded aircraft--changed the process historical past, happening to develop into the war's such a lot adorned naval air squadron, whereas affliction the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.
Mrazek paints relocating pictures of the boys within the squadron, and exposes a surprising cover-up that price many lives. packed with exciting scenes of conflict, betrayal, and sacrifice, A sunrise LIKE THUNDER is destined to turn into a vintage within the literature of global warfare II.
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The initial fate of the Black Sea submarine flotilla after the cessation of hostilities is less dear. When German forces stood poised to occupy Sevastopol in April 1 9 1 8, reports received by ONI warned that the 'six modern Russian submarines" (ie the Lt"op11rd class boats) would be transferred by the Germans to Constantinople. A later intelligence report confirmed that the entire Black Sea submarine fleet of up to 1 6 boats had pas�ed into German control. It also conveyed the news that part of the German-claimed war booty at Nikolayev included two nearly-completed submarines plu<> 'the parts for six more.
Normally patrolled the flanks of the mine barrage, while the larger units would usually take up patrol stations ahead of the field. 5, and it vvas only then that submarine commanders were authorised to destroy enemy shipping without examining cargo first. and detain neutral vessels if found to carry contraband. Even so. the campaign wa� never pressed with the kind of single-minded determination that marked the German or. for that matter. British efforts. Not enough submarines were assigned, and fear of complications with Sweden usually deterred the Rus�ians from interfering with Cerman shipping making pa�sage inside that country's territorial waters.
A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight by Robert J. Mrazek