Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II

Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II

by John Geoghegan
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Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II by John Geoghegan

The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of their time
In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raid—this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarines—the Sen-toku or I-400 class—which were, by far, the largest and among the most deadly subs of World War II.  Incredibly, the subs were designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like US aircraft. The bombers, called Seiran (which translates as “storm from a clear sky”), were tucked in a huge, water tight hanger on the sub’s deck. The subs mission was to travel more than half way around the world, surface on the US coast, and launch their deadly air attack. This entire operation was unknown to US intelligence, despite having broken the Japanese naval code. And the amazing thing is how close the Japanese came to pulling off their mission.

Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Operation Storm tells the harrowing story of the Sen Toku, their desperate push into Allied waters, and the dramatic chase of this juggernaut sub by the US navy.  Author John Geoghegan’s first person accounts from the last surviving members of both the I-401 crew and the US boarding party that captured her create a highly intimate portrait of this fascinating, and until now forgotten story of war in the Pacific. 

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ISBN-13: 9780307464804
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

John Geoghegan has written extensively about aviation history, underwater exploration and marine engineering for the New York Times Science Section, Smithsonian Air & Space, WIRED, Popular Science, Aviation History, Military Heritage, Flight Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine.

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Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the writing itself is clear but uninspired, the information presented is fascinating on many levels, from strategic to tactical to personal. Starting with a chapter on the post-surrender confrontation between the secret Japanese sub and an American sub , the following chapters fill in the background leading to this point. Technology, military politics, and human decisions are brought together until the reader is back at the intense moment of the two subs' meeting. While not critical to an understanding of WWII, a certain richness of detail is added.
surfpro More than 1 year ago
I heard an interview with this author on NPR and it perked my interest in the book. I got it and read it nearly cover to cover. Fascinating read and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a unique bit of WW II history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and informative book about the uses of Japanese submarines during the war. One gets an understanding of the code of honor submariners lived by, strategies for victory, use of subs as aircraft carriers, and supply ships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could read it over and over agin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Operation Storm is a terrific read from cover to cover. Mr. Geoghegan did the research and made this little known piece of history riveting! A must have for all the history/WWII buffs on your Chistmas list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew that the Japanese Imperial Navy had developed specialized submarines before and during WWII. This book is an eye-opener as to how enterprising they were as far as submarine warfare was concerned. It is interesting to note that the Allies had pretty much given up on the ideas of very specialized boats. That is, until after the war when the United States modified some late WWII submarines for the Regulus Missile Program. I'd like to see more of the correlation between the large 'aircraft carrier' subs of the Japanese and the early US missile boats. Overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago