By Bruce Henderson
This epic tale opens on the hour the best new release went to warfare on December 7, 1941, and follows 4 U.S. army ships and their crews within the Pacific until eventually their day of reckoning 3 years later with a much varied enemy: a perilous storm. In December 1944, whereas helping common MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey ignored the legislation of Storms, putting the potent U.S. 3rd Fleet in harm's approach. Drawing on vast interviews with approximately each dwelling survivor and rescuer, in addition to many households of misplaced sailors, transcripts and different documents from naval courts of inquiry, ships' logs, own letters, and diaries, Bruce Henderson reveals a number of the story's truest heroes showing selflessness, braveness, or even defiance.
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The close-quarter fighting around the sanatorium continued until nightfall, when the British counter-attack was called off. This meant that as darkness fell neither side remained in full control of ‘Hospital Hill’. -JO NPSUBSPGUIFUI%JWJTJPO CFJOHTFUVQJOBDPOWFOJFOU PQFOTQBDFPOUIFOPSUI FBTUFSOGSJOHFPG4BMFSOP 5IF#SJUJTINBEFWFSZHPPE VTFPGUIFJSBSUJMMFSZBOE NPSUBSBTTFUTEVSJOHUIFCBUUMF A mile and a half to the west the remaining two battalions of Brig. Stott’s 139th Brigade were deployed on ‘White House Hill’, their refuge the day before from the assault by Kampfgruppe Stroh.
Gen. McCreery hoped to capture Salerno the following morning, and to complete the seizure of Montecorvino airfield and Battipaglia. For their part the Germans were busy too. Generalfeldmarschall Kesselring ordered Gen. von Vietinghhoff to contest the landings, and so in turn he ordered Gen. Balck to assume control of the German forces to the north of the Allied beachhead, leaving Gen. Herr to deal with the Americans, while simultaneously slowing Gen. Montgomery’s approach from the south. The longer Montgomery could be delayed the more time the Germans would have to smash the Salerno beachhead.
Casualties were heavy, but by 0530hrs the battalion was off the beach and skirting their way around the western end of the German defences. By then the best part of four British battalions were firing at ‘Lilienthal’ and ‘Moltke’, and gradually the enemy fire slackened. Having held the British up for three hours, and now short of ammunition, the German defenders withdrew to the east to avoid being encircled. By 0700hrs the 128th Brigade had secured the strongpoints and was preparing to move north and east, towards Salerno and Highway 18.
Down to the Sea by Bruce Henderson