Darkest Before Dawn: U-482 and the Sinking of the Empire by John Peterson

By John Peterson

within the autumn of 1944 the second one international battle was once coming to an finish. within the Atlantic the U-boats were crushed again via an incredible programme of Allied shipbuildings mixed with tactical, technological and intelligence advancements. The risk to Allied delivery had lowered. however it had no longer disappeared, and a lone U-boat on its first lively patrol slipped into the North Channel; in precisely a couple of days 5 ships lay damaged at the seabed together with the Empire history, one of many biggest Allied ships misplaced within the complete warfare. additionally misplaced used to be a rescue send attacked whereas she used to be attempting to rescue survivors from the Empire historical past, the Jacksonville, an American tanker crusing out of recent York, and a RN corvette despatched to seek the U-boat down. a lot of these misplaced burned to loss of life within the sea. In a bit over per week U-482 sank 5 ships from 3 diversified convoys. In 'Darkest prior to sunrise' John Peterson provides the tale for the 1st time of the way U-482 controlled to slide undetected into the busy delivery lanes of the North Channel and perform the final nice U-boat patrol of the struggle. it's the tale of the assault, the aftermath and the lads concerned, together with the aristocratic U-boat commander von Matushka, who previous witnessed the Bismarck sink HMS Hood.

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