By Stephen Harding
Might 1945. Hitler is useless, and the 3rd Reich little greater than smoking rubble. No GI desires to be the final guy killed in motion opposed to the Nazis. yet for cigar-chewing, rough-talking, hard-drinking, hard-charging Captain Jack Lee and his males, there's another undertaking: rescue fourteen trendy French prisoners held in an SS-guarded fortress excessive within the Austrian Alps. It’s a deadly venture, yet Lee has support from a adorned German Wehrmacht officer and his males, who voluntarily sign up for the fight.
Based on own memoirs, writer interviews, and authentic American, German, and French histories, The final Battle is the approximately incredible tale of the main unbelievable conflict of global battle II—a story of not likely allies, bravery, cowardice, and determined strive against among implacable enemies.
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0800hrs 12 Ki-36s from the 45th Sentai, escorted by nine Ki-27s from the 10th Independent Chutai led by Captain Takatsuki Akira, attacked Kai Tak airport. All five of the token RAF aircraft stationed at Kai Tak were quickly damaged or destroyed, as were numerous light trainers and civilian cargo planes. In the harbour, Pan Am’s visiting Sikorsky S-42B flying boat the ‘Hong Kong Clipper’ was bombed, set on fire and sunk. Japanese aircraft also attacked Shamshuipo Camp where the Winnipeg Grenadiers were based.
C. R. Templer (K) 36th Bty – 4 x 6in. guns – Maj. W. N. J. Pitt 12th Costal Regt. HKSRA – Lt. Col. R. J. L. 2in. guns – Maj. E. W. S. in guns – Maj. A. O. G. Mills 965th Defence Bty HKSRA (of 16th Regt. RA but attached to 12th Regt. HKSRA) – Maj. B. T. C. Forrester (C) No. 1 Troop – 8 x 18-pdrs (B) No. 7in. QF guns (G) No. 3 AT Troop – 6 x 2-pdr AT guns (M) 5th AA Regt HKSRA – Lt. Col. F. D. 7in. AA and 3in. guns – Maj. W. A. C. H. Morgan 18th AA Bty – 8 x 40mm Bofors and 6 x Lewis Guns – Maj. C.
The right force was to strike to the west, making a large hook curving right to clear the Castle Peak Road and strike at the vital point around the left flank of the Gin Drinkers Line around Laichikok Peninsula, while the centre force was to exploit the centre of the line, and the left force was to cross Tidal Cove (Tolo Harbour) heading towards Kai Tak Airport and eastwards towards Devil Peak, a major battery position. The aim was to destroy the British on the mainland and force Hong Kong to surrender by intense bombardment.