Blood Red Sea (Maddox, Book 1) by Jack Hayes

By Jack Hayes

The yr is 1944. After 5 hard-fought years, the Allies are just about victory, yet Germany nonetheless has one final mystery - and one who may well nonetheless flip the struggle in its favour.

Traveling on a U-boat to Japan is a hugely explosive uranium bomb, the 1st of its type.
But why are the Nazis giving this type of worthy weapon to the japanese? And the place may well the japanese use it?

In London, specified Operations government Captain Maddox is given an easy job. cease the U-boat in any respect costs.

A British, French and American staff is assembled for the challenge. they're going to strike a mysterious island managed via the Nazis the place the U-boat is scheduled to stop.

But not anything approximately this task is what it seems that to be. The British, the French and the american citizens all have their very own agendas -- and so do the Germans. None of them contain Captain Maddox making it to the top of the warfare alive.

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Although a remarkable and inspiring battlefield commander, he was not a strategist, and Slim was convinced that Wingate’s conception was dangerously flawed. Nevertheless, for a short period of time in late 1943 and early 1944 Wingate’s ideas formed a competing strategic idea for the defeat of the Japanese in Burma. 13 Wingate had become fixated with the idea that his Chindit force alone would bring about the defeat of the Japanese in Burma, going so far as to doubt whether conventional forces even had a role in a future campaign.

During the pursuit to the Chindwin Slim had been exercised about how he could engage and defeat General Kimura Heitar – commander of the Burma Area Army – in open battle once the Chindwin had been breached. His fundamental desire was to destroy the Japanese army in Burma. Capturing territory was incidental, and would follow on naturally from the former. ’ Slim’s eyes had long been focused on the vast Shwebo Plain on the west bank of the Irrawaddy as ideal terrain for the battle he sought, a battle of manoeuvre in which his artillery, armour and air support would have a devastating effect on the Japanese and where the Japanese would would be forced to fight with their backs to the Irrawaddy.

By 6pm on 3 March Meiktila fell. During 4 and 5 March even the most fanatical points of resistance were brushed aside as surrounding villages were cleared and the main airfield secured. Kimura was shocked, as Slim knew he would be, by the sudden and unexpected loss of Meiktila. He at once sought to crush 17th Indian Division and recapture the town, and for three weeks from mid-March the Japanese Air Vice Marshal S. F. Vincent, Air Officer Commander of No. 221 Group RAF (centre), watches Hawker Hurricanes take off from Sadaung, Burma, on a strafing operation during the advance on Mandalay, with Slim (right), and Group Captain D.

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