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 through the top of the chilly conflict among the us and the Soviet Union, and it by means of basically weeks the sinking of a Soviet sub close to Hawaii. Now in All palms Down, drawing on thousands of hours of interviews, many with unique assets within the naval and intelligence groups, in addition to lately declassified usa and Soviet intelligence records, Kenneth Sewell and Jerome Preisler clarify what fairly occurred to Scorpion.
In January 1968, a U.S. intelligence send, USS Pueblo, used to be seized via North Korea. between different goods, the North Koreans confiscated a necessary cryptographic unit that was once able to decoding the Navy's top-secret codes. Unknown to the army, a traitor named John Walker had all started providing the Navy's codes to the KGB. as soon as the KGB received the crypto unit from the North Koreans, the Russians have been capable of learn hugely labeled naval communications.
In March, a Soviet sub, K-129, mysteriously sank close to Hawaii, hundreds of thousands of miles from its basic station within the Pacific. Soviet naval leaders mistakenly believed U.S. submarine was once guilty for the loss, and so they deliberate revenge. A capture was once set: numerous Soviet vessels have been amassed within the Atlantic, performing suspiciously. it'd be just a subject of time sooner than a U.S. sub used to be despatched to enquire. That sub was once Scorpion. utilizing the top-secret codes and the interpreting desktop, the Soviets may intercept and decode verbal exchange among the military and Scorpion, the ultimate point in undertaking the deliberate attack.
All arms Down exhibits how the Soviet plan was once accomplished and explains why the reality of the assault has been formally denied for 40 years. Sewell and Preisler debunk a variety of legitimate causes for the tragedy and produce to existence the non-public tales of a few of the lads who have been misplaced whilst Scorpion went to the ground. This actual tale, eventually advised after exhaustive study, is extra interesting 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