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Tim Brady Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa (Paperback)
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Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa (Paperback)

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The largest amphibious invasion force ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean set sail from Virginia in November 1942 with the aim of capturing Casablanca and a crucial airfield northeast of the city. Unfortunately, the airfield was located a dozen miles up a twisting Morrocan river, too shallow for any ship in the entire Allied fleet. As the invasion neared, the War Department turned up a suitable ship: the Contessa. This unremarkable freighter with a diverse crew became the focus of the opening salvo of World War II. Too late to join the massive convoy sailing for Africa, the Contessa set out on her own through the U-boat-infested waters of the Atlantic to the shores of Morocco and the twelve-mile voyage up the well-defended Sebou River, carrying hundreds of tons of explosives. Twelve Desperate Miles is a surprising and entertaining account of one of the great untold stories of the war.

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The largest amphibious invasion force ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean set sail from Virginia in November 1942 with the aim of capturing Casablanca and a crucial airfield northeast of the city. Unfortunately, the airfield was located a dozen miles up a twisting Morrocan river, too shallow for any ship in the entire Allied fleet. As the invasion neared, the War Department turned up a suitable ship: the Contessa. This unremarkable freighter with a diverse crew became the focus of the opening salvo of World War II. Too late to join the massive convoy sailing for Africa, the Contessa set out on her own through the U-boat-infested waters of the Atlantic to the shores of Morocco and the twelve-mile voyage up the well-defended Sebou River, carrying hundreds of tons of explosives. Twelve Desperate Miles is a surprising and entertaining account of one of the great untold stories of the war.

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