By Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell
40 years in the past, in could 1968, the submarine USS Scorpion sank in mysterious situations with a lack of ninety-nine lives. The tragedy happened in the course of the top of the chilly warfare among the USA and the Soviet Union, and it via merely weeks the sinking of a Soviet sub close to Hawaii. Now in All palms Down, drawing on hundreds and hundreds of hours of interviews, many with specific assets within the naval and intelligence groups, in addition to lately declassified usa and Soviet intelligence records, Kenneth Sewell and Jerome Preisler clarify what rather occurred to Scorpion.
In January 1968, a U.S. intelligence send, USS Pueblo, was once seized by way of North Korea. between different goods, the North Koreans confiscated a invaluable cryptographic unit that used to be able to decoding the Navy's top-secret codes. Unknown to the army, a traitor named John Walker had began delivering the Navy's codes to the KGB. as soon as the KGB bought the crypto unit from the North Koreans, the Russians have been capable of learn hugely categorized naval communications.
In March, a Soviet sub, K-129, mysteriously sank close to Hawaii, thousands of miles from its basic station within the Pacific. Soviet naval leaders mistakenly believed U.S. submarine was once guilty for the loss, they usually deliberate revenge. A capture was once set: a number of Soviet vessels have been amassed within the Atlantic, appearing suspiciously. it'd be just a topic of time earlier than a U.S. sub was once despatched to enquire. That sub used to be Scorpion. utilizing the top-secret codes and the interpreting laptop, the Soviets may well intercept and decode communique among the army and Scorpion, the ultimate point in accomplishing the deliberate attack.
All arms Down exhibits how the Soviet plan used to be performed and explains why the reality of the assault has been formally denied for 40 years. Sewell and Preisler debunk a number of authentic reasons for the tragedy and produce to existence the non-public tales of a few of the boys who have been misplaced while Scorpion went to the ground. This real tale, eventually informed after exhaustive examine, is extra intriguing than any novel.
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All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion by Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell