All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the by Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell

By Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell

40 years in the past, in may possibly 1968, the submarine USS Scorpion sank in mysterious conditions with a lack of ninety-nine lives. The tragedy happened in the course of the peak of the chilly struggle among the us and the Soviet Union, and it via in simple terms weeks the sinking of a Soviet sub close to Hawaii. Now in All fingers Down, drawing on 1000s of hours of interviews, many with particular resources within the naval and intelligence groups, in addition to lately declassified usa and Soviet intelligence records, Kenneth Sewell and Jerome Preisler clarify what fairly occurred to Scorpion.

In January 1968, a U.S. intelligence send, USS Pueblo, was once seized by way of North Korea. between different goods, the North Koreans confiscated a useful cryptographic unit that was once in a position to interpreting the Navy's top-secret codes. Unknown to the army, a traitor named John Walker had started offering the Navy's codes to the KGB. as soon as the KGB bought the crypto unit from the North Koreans, the Russians have been capable of learn hugely categorised naval communications.

In March, a Soviet sub, K-129, mysteriously sank close to Hawaii, hundreds of thousands of miles from its common station within the Pacific. Soviet naval leaders mistakenly believed U.S. submarine was once responsible for the loss, and so they deliberate revenge. A catch was once set: a number of Soviet vessels have been amassed within the Atlantic, appearing suspiciously. it might be just a topic of time earlier than a U.S. sub was once despatched to enquire. That sub used to be Scorpion. utilizing the top-secret codes and the decoding computer, the Soviets may intercept and decode conversation among the military and Scorpion, the ultimate aspect in engaging in the deliberate attack.

All fingers Down exhibits how the Soviet plan was once achieved and explains why the reality of the assault has been formally denied for 40 years. Sewell and Preisler debunk a number of professional motives for the tragedy and convey to lifestyles the private tales of a few of the lads who have been misplaced whilst Scorpion went to the ground. This precise tale, eventually instructed after exhaustive examine, is extra interesting than any novel.

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English sailors were also becoming better navigators thanks to the reorganization of Trinity House at Deptford, the adoption of Euclidian geometry, better understanding of the variation of the compass and its dip, the translation of Dutch charts and tables in books like The Mariners Mirrour (1588) and the publication of improved maps like the ‘new map with the augmentation of the Indies’ mentioned in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The English were also pioneers in improving the health of crews at sea.

Ralegh duly sailed to Trinidad where in 1595 he raided the Spanish base at San José de Oruña and captured Antonio de Berrio, the man he believed knew the whereabouts of El Dorado. Sitting in a stinking ship in the Orinoco delta, Ralegh lamented: ‘I will undertake that there was never any prison in England, that could be found more unsavoury and loathsome – especially to my selfe, who had for many yeeres before bene dieted and cared for in a sort farre more difering’. It would all have been worth it if someone had found the yellow metal.

Qxd 8 2/19/04 1:16 PM Page 8 Empire manoeuvrability and firepower. The Iberian carvel was no match for a Venetian galley when it came to a shooting match, because the latter could carry far heavier artillery, as Henry VIII discovered off Brittany in 1513, when Mediterranean galleys sank one of his ships outright, damaged another and killed his Lord Admiral. By the 1530s Venetian galleys could fire cannonballs weighing up to 60 pounds. It was not until the 1540s that both the English and Scottish navies were able to launch carvel-style ships with load-bearing decks capable of carrying anything like as much firepower.

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