Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II

Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II

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by Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell
     
 

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In the waning days of World War II, a little-known battle took place under the frozen seas off the coast of Norway . . . and changed the course of the war.
 
In February of 1944, Germany and Japan devised a desperate plan to escape defeat. The Germans would send Japan a submarine—boat U-864—packed with their most advanced

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In the waning days of World War II, a little-known battle took place under the frozen seas off the coast of Norway . . . and changed the course of the war.
 
In February of 1944, Germany and Japan devised a desperate plan to escape defeat. The Germans would send Japan a submarine—boat U-864—packed with their most advanced rocket and jet aircraft technology. Japan could then reestablish air superiority in the Pacific, drawing the attention of Allied forces long enough for Germany to regroup.
 
Meanwhile, British code breakers, working with the Norwegian underground, had discovered the plan. But even though they were unable to stop the submarine from embarking, the British submarine HMS Venturer was waiting for it at sea. In a cat-and-mouse battle beneath the waves, they hunted one another, each waiting to strike. The Venturer won the game, becoming the only submarine in history to sink another sub in underwater combat.
 
This is the dramatic, action-packed account of one of the greatest unsung victories in military history, and of a historical moment in the annals of naval warfare.

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Publishers Weekly
On February 9, 1945, the German U-boat 864 sank in the North Sea off the western coast of Norway. The undersea battle of U-864 and the British Navy’s HMS Venturer is the only recorded instance of one submarine stalking and sinking another while both were submerged. In 1944, with the Allies closing in, Hitler’s desperate stratagem was “sidetracking the Americans by racheting up the pressure in the Pacific,” sending German engineers, parts, and blueprints to Japan in order to jump-start production there of Germany’s advanced secret weapons. One of the items onboard was mercury, used in explosive detonators. Yet surveillance by the Norwegian underground resistance movement of coast watchers and dockyard spies sealed U-864’s fate. Today, leakage of toxic mercury from the sunken sub off Norway’s coast is an environmental threat. With suspense surfacing amid the military intrigue, this latest by Preisler and former submariner Sewell (co-authors of All Hands Down: the True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion) reads like a tense thriller, but the authors also keep a steady course on the human aspect of their tale as they reconstruct the events behind this little-known WWII incident and its aftermath. Photos, map. Agent: req (July 3)
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Code Name Caesar weaves together a wide-ranging series of incidents to paint an in-depth picture of submarine warfare in the frigid north Atlantic and its role in the secret transfer of technology between Germany and Japan during World War II . . . Highly recommended for anyone interested in World War II, or submarine warfare in general.”—Jim DeFelice, bestselling author of Omar Bradley: General at War and Rangers at Dieppe
 
“Reads like a tense thriller . . . the authors also keep a steady course on the human aspect of their tale as they reconstruct the events behind this little known WWII incident and its aftermath.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“For the history buff who’s read it all . . .” —New York Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101568903
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
294,920
File size:
466 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Code Name Caesar weaves together a wide-ranging series of incidents to paint an in-depth picture of submarine warfare in the frigid north Atlantic and its role in the secret transfer of technology between Germany and Japan during World War II . . . Highly recommended for anyone interested in World War II, or submarine warfare in general.”—Jim DeFelice, bestselling author of Omar Bradley: General at War and Rangers at Dieppe
 
“Reads like a tense thriller . . . the authors also keep a steady course on the human aspect of their tale as they reconstruct the events behind this little known WWII incident and its aftermath.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“For the history buff who’s read it all . . .” —New York Post

Meet the Author

Jerome Preisler is the author of over twenty books including the New York Times bestselling series, Tom Clancy’s Power Plays. He lives in New York.

Kenneth Sewell is a former submariner and the co-author of Red Star Rogue: The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine’s Nuclear Strike Attempt on the U.S.



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Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
billmarsano More than 1 year ago
How Not To Write a War Story. By Bill Marsano. Here’s the Deal: late in WWII the Nazis plan to send the submarine U-864 to Japan. She is packed with critical war material, personnel and info on Hitler’s ‘wonder weapons.’ The idea is to help the Japanese hold out longer, thus reducing American  pressure on Germany. Bletchley Park code-breakers tip off the RAF, whose bombing raid fails, so the Royal Navy positions the submarine  HMS Venturer to intercept. So why is this book so dull? One reason is the scrupulous honesty of the authors: they freely admit that Venturer’s commander knows only that he’s being sent where he might find a suitable target. He has absolutely no idea of the importance  of his mission, so there is absolutely no suspense involved. There is no ‘hunt’ as such; Venturer is just loitering in the hope a target will happen by, and the whole business occupies a mere two dozen pages. So here is How Not to Write a War Story: 1, if using a title like Code Name Caesar, then Code Name Caesar, or Operation Caesar or even plain old Caesar should appear somewhere at least once in  the text, not just on the title page. And you should give its meaning: Was it the Nazi’s name for their exchange program with Japan, or just  U-864’s individual sortie? Was it the Allies’ name for their attack? 2. Be accurate. Recognize that Nazi banners were red; only the swastikas were black. The Nazis had no such things as a ‘7.16mm’ torpedo. Schleswig-Holstein is not west of Scandinavia. If range to  target is 2500 yards on one page it should not be 2500 FEET on another. U-boats had diesel engines, not steam turbines. D-Day 1944  was June 6th, not 5th. Royal Navy subs did not ‘harangue’ German vessels. Venturer’s deck gun was loaded through the breech, not  breach. Lancaster bombers did not mount radial engines or superchargers. Recognize that although it is possible to turn a long magazine article into a short book, it’s not necessarily a good idea. Lists of names irrelevant to the action and of food consumed by crews  come under what Elmore Leonard called ‘the parts that readers tend to skip.’ Do not waste pages on an irrelevant and unsuccessful air raid, or the irrelevant but successful raid on Germany’s dams, or the whole history of the Bletchley Park Operation. In short, do not pad the  manuscript (even the Chapter Notes are padded with literary excelsior, some of it hilarious). Do not write MUST HAVE or PROBABLY  FELT to excuse your speculations about anyon’s unknown emotional state. Aim for more than a pedestrian level of writing, and so spare  your reader the snap decisions, the highly coveted shore leave, the long shots, the tempting of fate, and the crack squadrons. Please. And then DO put in the stuff that can put the reader into the picture: diagrams of the attack and of the two submarines involved would be a good place to start. Better photos, too. Otherwise you will have written the dullest war story I can remember.—Bill Marsano is a long-time  editor and writer, and a World War II buff into the bargain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago