Escape from the Deep: A True Story of Courage and Survival by Alex Kershaw

By Alex Kershaw

Within the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the mythical U.S. military submarine Tang was once hit through one in every of 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 staff made a bold ascent throughout the get away hatch. in spite of everything, simply 9 of the unique eighty-man workforce survived.
But the survivors have been starting a much larger ordeal. After being picked up by means of the japanese, they have been despatched to an interrogation camp often called the “Torture Farm.” once they have been liberated in 1945, they have been as regards to demise, yet that they had published not anything to the japanese, together with the best mystery of global struggle II.
With a similar heart-pounding narrative force that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter nationwide bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to lifestyles this terrific tale of survival and patience.

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The damaged E-Boat (pictured on page 34) was taken in tow, with a white ensign flying from a jury-rigged mast. Unfortunately, another group of E-Boats was encountered on the voyage home, and the prize had to be scuttled. However, MGB-87 still had her German prisoners, and entered Felixstowe in triumph, with the German flag flying beneath her white ensign. VESSEL LISTINGS M/L a n d M G B S p e c i f i c a t i o n s 60ft British Power Boat MGB Numbers: MGBs 1-5, 2 2 - 3 9 , 4 0 - 4 5 , 49 Dimensions: Length: 60ft 3in; Beam: 13ft 3in Draught: 2ft 9in Displacement: 19 tons Propulsion: Two Napier engines (MGBs 4 0 - 4 5 had Rolls Royce Merlin engines) Speed: 25 knots (40 knots for MGBs 4 0 - 4 5 ) British warships and amphibious craft on their way to Dieppe, during the disastrous raid on the French port in 1942.

5in Vickers MGs, mounted in a Mark V powered mount. While useful weapons, they lacked the punch to damage enemy E-Boats seriously, and consequently most of these mounts were replaced by 20mm Oerlikons when the larger weapons became available. A single 20mm Oerlikon, mounted in the stern of a 70ft BPB MGB. Later in the war, two-barrelled mounts became more common and by 1944 most Oerlikons were fitted onto powered mounts. Note the safety bar, to prevent the gunner hitting the boat's superstructure.

Finally, all Coastal Forces vessels carried smoke floats or smoke-making apparatus. Smoke floats were thrown over the side, and burned for up to ten minutes. The chloro-sulphonic acid (CSA) smoke-producing apparatus was usually mounted in the stern of an MGB, and came in a range of forms. For the most part, these could be used to produce a dense white smoke screen, which would also last for about ten minutes, depending of course on wind strength. MGBS IN ACTION In a book of this size there is all too little space to describe fully how these boats and their weaponry operated in action.

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