By Don Kladstrup, Petie Kladstrup

The striking untold tale of France’s brave, shrewdpermanent vinters who secure and rescued the country’s so much valuable commodity from German plunder in the course of international warfare II.

"To be a Frenchman capability to struggle to your state and its wine."
–Claude Terrail, proprietor, eating place los angeles travel d’Argent

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and presently the German military started a crusade of pillaging one of many resources the French carry Most worthy: their wine. Like others within the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, however the story in their amazing efforts has remained principally unknown–until now. this can be the exciting and harrowing tale of the French wine manufacturers who undertook creative, bold measures to save lots of their loved plants and bottles because the Germans closed in on them. Wine and struggle illuminates a compelling, little-known bankruptcy of background, and stands as a tribute to awesome people who waged a conflict that, in a truly possible way, stored the spirit of France.

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Ships of the World Magazine) 55 USS Sims in May 1940. Completed in 1938, she was the lead ship of her class, which was often used for carrier-screening duties early in the war. Main armament was five 5in. guns and 12 21in. torpedo tubes. During the battle, she was caught alone and quickly overwhelmed by Japanese dive-bombers. (US Naval Historical Center) USS Neosho refueling Yorktown on May 1. Neosho was bombed by Japanese carrier aircraft on May 7 and was finally scuttled on May 11. Throughout the battle, Fletcher devoted considerable attention to maintaining proper fuel levels for his forces.

If those carriers were lost or damaged, they would be unable to participate in Yamamoto’s decisive Midway operation. In fact, the two carriers of Carrier Division 5 constituted the decisive edge the IJN’s carrier force held over the US Navy’s carrier force. Thus, in essence, Yamamoto was making his decisive Midway operation hostage to the outcome of the subsidiary MO Operation. THE AMERICAN PLAN The IJN operated a number of seaplane tenders that had no counterpart in the US Navy. Ten fast merchant ships were converted before the war to carry as many as 12 seaplanes, which could be launched with an onboard catapult and recovered by use of the ship’s cranes.

4. 1118hrs: VB-3 starts dive from 12,000ft, just as Shoho completes her second full circle. Attacked by an A5M on the way down, the squadron commander, LCDR Hamilton, scores a 1,000-pound bomb hit just forward of the elevator. One additional hit is scored further forward. Massive fires break out on Shoho’s hangar deck fed by fueled aircraft. No Dauntlesses are lost. 5. 1115–1119hrs: VT-2 descends from 4,000ft to 100ft to release torpedoes. Shoho sights aircraft off starboard quarter and turns to starboard to avoid.

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