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Operation Rising Sun By David W Jourdan

Operation Rising Sun by David W Jourdan

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David W. Jourdan recovers the sunken history of the Japanese cargo-carrying submarine I-52, exploring air-sea-undersea warfare and Japanese technology during World War II.

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Operation Rising Sun: The Sinking of Japan's Secret Submarine I-52 by David W Jourdan

World War II gave rise to tales of epic battles, sagas of heroism, bravery, and cowardice. The sinking of Japanese submarine I-52 is one such tale. Author David W. Jourdan recovers this sunken history and explores how Allied codebreaking, the victory over the Axis's desperate mission for much-needed resources, and a modern-day treasure hunt contributed to the contemporary understanding of resource manipulation, air-sea-undersea warfare, and Japanese technology during World War II. In the final year of the war, Germany and Japan were increasingly starved of resources that they needed to continue the conflict. Because of this, the sinking of the Japanese cargo-carrying submarine I-52 played a crucial role in the tipping of Allied-Axis power. The submarine was conducting the last mission of a desperate program called Yanagi, aiming to transport vital war supplies, technology, and human expertise between the Axis confederates, before it was caught and destroyed in a combined air, sea, and undersea battle. Its mission, cargo, and movements were known to the Allies by codebreaking efforts, and its sinking denied Germany sorely needed rubber, metals, chemicals, medicines, industrial designs, weapons technology, and know-how. Incidental to the hundreds of tons of military supplies was a shipment of gold. The subsequent interest of modern-day treasure hunters has given ocean explorers, like Jourdan, the chance to uncover the details of such a unique historical event. The research that was stimulated by this effort led to the discovery of one-of-a-kind recordings of American Avenger torpedo bomber attacks on an enemy submarine. One of the first joint American-Russian research expeditions, the search for the wreck of I-52 and its discovery on the seafloor, nearly intact over three miles deep, accompany the historical account of the submarine with a tale of teamwork, detective work, and mariners' battle with the sea.

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"Extremely well researched, well documented, and well illustrated, this fast-paced tale of aircraft carrier and submarine operations, codebreaking, undersea research, maritime leadership, and perseverance against almost insurmountable odds will appeal to both novices and experts with an interest in the history and technology of naval aviation, submarines, early antisubmarine warfare techniques and weapons, and underwater search and recovery."--Rear Adm. Thomas A. Mercer, USN (Ret.), former commanding officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)--Rear Adm. Thomas A Mercer (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"In Operation Rising Sun David Jourdan brings the fascinating saga of I-52's mission alive, three-quarters of a century after her fatal plunge."--Vice Adm. George W. Emery, USN (Ret.), former commander of U.S. and Allied Submarine Commands, Atlantic--Vice Adm. George W. Emery (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"The sinking of the Japanese submarine I-52 was a unique event in World War II that provides the only surviving audio recording of a successful aerial antisubmarine attack. David Jourdan's dramatic chronicle includes elements of undersea, surface, and aerial warfare along with histories of wartime commerce and codebreaking that caused the battle to be joined. . . . A terrific read and a wonderful account of a little-known but vitally important episode in naval history!"--Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), former supreme allied commander at NATO--Adm. James Stavridis (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)

About David W Jourdan

David W. Jourdan Jourdan is the cofounder and president of Nauticos, a company devoted to the exploration of the deep sea. Jourdan and his Natuicos team managed operations for the Discovery Channel during the live broadcast from the wreck of the Titanic and are responsible for the discovery of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, sunk at the World War II Battle of Midway, and the Japanese World War II submarine I-52 in the Atlantic. Jourdan has written and spoken extensively on underwater navigation, oceanographic survey, remote sensing, ocean exploration, and ocean renewable energy applications and has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Today Show. He is the author of The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart (Ocellus, 2010) and Never Forgotten: The Search and Discovery of Israel's Lost Submarine DAKAR (Naval, 2009).

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Operation Rising Sun: The Sinking of Japan's Secret Submarine I-52 by David W Jourdan
University of Nebraska Press
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