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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 , the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raid--this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarines--the Sen-toku or I class--which were, by far, the largest and among the most deadly subs of World War II.

Incredibly, the subs were designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like US aircraft. The subs mission was to travel more than half way around the world, surface on the US coast, and launch their deadly air attack.

"Operation Storm" by John Geoghegan

This entire operation was unknown to US intelligence, despite having broken the Japanese naval code. And the amazing thing is how close the Japanese came to pulling off their mission. Time was against them, equipment and supply shortages hampered their efforts, and death haunted them. But the biggest problem faced by the Sen-Toku squadron was that their mission kept changing.

Eventually, it would just be too late to complete any of the planned missions and the subs and their accompanying aircraft were for nothing. The book ends with the submission, not the surrender, of almost the entire squadron to American Forces. The Sen-Toku squadron, at the time of the submission, had been just hours away from completing their final mission; a kamikaze attack on the anchorage of Ulithi.


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The author is an interesting one, he is not an historian, and he is a technology journalist. He seems to specialize in amazing technology that never found a real place or use. His name is John J. He has written many articles and has found a place in many different publications. What I like about the book: It was interesting. This is probably what kept me reading the book all of the way to the end.

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It was fascinating and, in contrast to most history books, a page turner. The author also goes a step further than just talking about the machine itself and talks about the men that sailed them. The men have to be part of the story. He also tells of these same men who had to watch everything they had ever known come apart at the very seams.

He describes what it was like for those men to witness the final years of the war and the beginning of the Occupation.

Now, although I like the book overall, it does have some problems. One of them is that the author puts words in historical figures mouths. He studied the person and makes a judgment on what they would say. It is distracting in the book about history to say the least. It is unknown what these people, especially the deceased, would say.


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