World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SEAS: Men against the Wind

It was something formidable and swift, like the sudden smashing of a vial of wrath. It seemed to explode all round the ship with an overpowering concussion and a rush of great waters. . . .

—Typhoon, by Joseph Conrad.

One typhoon had blown itself out off Okinawa, but a secondary storm of much greater violence was born from the original disturbance. It swung rapidly northeast toward the cruising U.S. Third Fleet. It was early June, only six months after Admiral William F. Halsey had lost three destroyers in a typhoon off the Philippines (TIME,...

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