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Germany's Last Mission to Japan: (Paperback)

The Sinister Voyage of "U-234"

Military > Greenhill Books > Greenhill: 20th Century WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front

By Joseph Mark Scalia
Greenhill Books
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781861761460
Published: 1st July 2003
Last Released: 8th January 2010



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In March 1945 the German submarine U-234 sailed for Japan with a top-secret cargo of advanced weapons and electronics in the Nazis' last attempt to share technology with their ally. Also aboard were a select group of officials and experts whose knowledge was, if anything, even more valuable. However the war ended while the submarine was still en route, and she surrendered to the Americans. After extensive research in US, European and Japanese archives, Joseph Scalia tells the full story of Germany's last mission to Japan. He evaluates the significance of the cargo carried, which included an entire Me 262 jet fighter and 560 kilograms of uranium oxide, thought to be connected to a possible Axis atomic bomb programme, but he argues that the passengers aboard were of even greater value, including as they did an air-defence expert, a top naval construction engineer, a radar expert and an aircraft designer who later became a key figure in the post-war American fast jet programme.

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WWII: Final voyage of German Submarine U-234

25th March 1945

German submarine U-234 was a Type XB U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her first and only mission into enemy territory consisted of the attempted delivery of uranium and other German advanced weapons technology to the Empire of Japan. After learning of Germany's unconditional surrender, the submarine surrendered to the United States on 14 May 1945.

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