By John Peterson

within the autumn of 1944 the second one international battle used to be coming to an finish. within the Atlantic the U-boats were crushed again via a major programme of Allied shipbuildings mixed with tactical, technological and intelligence advancements. The chance to Allied delivery had reduced. however it had no longer disappeared, and a lone U-boat on its first energetic patrol slipped into the North Channel; in precisely a couple of days 5 ships lay damaged at the seabed together with the Empire historical past, one of many greatest Allied ships misplaced within the complete conflict. additionally misplaced used to be a rescue send attacked whereas she was once attempting to rescue survivors from the Empire background, the Jacksonville, an American tanker crusing out of latest York, and a RN corvette despatched to seek the U-boat down. lots of these misplaced burned to dying within the sea. In a bit over every week U-482 sank 5 ships from 3 diverse convoys. In 'Darkest ahead of sunrise' John Peterson provides the tale for the 1st time of the way U-482 controlled to slide undetected into the busy transport 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 boys concerned, together with the aristocratic U-boat commander von Matushka, who prior witnessed the Bismarck sink HMS Hood.

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