The Great Escape
Soon after, Grand Admiral Dönitz was speaking with a man mostly everyone thought of being dead.
Grand Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was not dead at all, but it was still ready to serve his Country even if in exile, even if now formally under the command of the German Kriegsmarine. Dönitz promised him that German and Japanese troops would enter Tokyo again, even if it meant crossing the whole Soviet Union.2300 May 25th 1945
20 Sensuikantai, 23. Kaigun, Gulf of Cintra
Vice Admiral Kato had to survive a shocking encounter with an American fleet that sunk his submarine, 20 Sensuikantai, before they could disengage.
No one could exactly know how on Earth Kato was still alive as his Submarine flotilla, where he was in, had been destroyed by US depth charges.0400 May 26th 1945
IJN Katsuragi, 2nd Destroyer Fleet, Gulf of Cadiz
Ozawa and his amazingly slow fleet encountered a small US fleet as he was in the proximity of Portuguese shores. And it worried Ozawa a lot, as it contained a Carrier.
Luckily for Ozawa, night and rain greatly diminshed the risk of a lethal impact, and Ozawa sailed for another day, closer to freedom as he was closer to Bordeaux.0800 May 27th 1945
LXXVI. Panzerkorps, Murmansk, Finland
After six days of combat, some of the most precious Soviet Armored divisions were slowly encountering their ultimate fate of becoming prisoners of the Third Reich.
The Soviets would regret their choice of neglecting a Transport fleet.0900 May 28th 1945
IJN Katsuragi, 2nd Destroyer Fleet, Coast of Porto
This time, it was enough for Ozawa. It was the fourth time that the very same American fleet was taunting him with their Battleships by running back and forth his fleet. This time his battered Carrier Task Force, if a Carrier Task Force consisting of a Carrier, a Destroyer and a Submarine flotilla could be given this name, would teach a lesson of to his arrogant enemies.
American sailors faced the wrath of Ozawa at the sight of a surreal scenario: the Battleship USS Indiana being attacked and sunk by a handful of aircraft without oil coming from a barely afloat Carrier, the IJN Katsuragi. What a humiliation for the US sailors that had to assist, impotent, at the loss of a Battleship to an enemy that was defeated already: Japan.0100 May 29th 1945
XIV. Panzerkorps, Kola, Finland
Harpe liked marching East.
Not the same could be said for the Soviet forces. Now, East meant 'White Sea' to them. The switching from 'White' to 'Red' was to be achieved soon if Soviet forces would not surrender in time to Harpe.
They did, after more than one day of desperate resistance.