how many times now, has our story opened with that word
A new day
A long night has passed, a long night of hidden terrors and dangers, enemies stalking you in the dark.
Now, now, at least, thinks Nishimura, I can at least see them
men are tired pre dawn, men who have stood at guns,, at boilers, on the bridge, below, for the night. But it takes but one sentence to wash the fatigue away
"Enemy in sight!:
Heavy cruiser Myoko leads the way, her bows leaping, plowing through the swell, waves creaming, breaking, rushing over her focastle, behind her, close , Mikuma, Agano, the ugly tatsuta, 3 destroyers.
he seas are grey, the sky close, dark, heavy with rain.
On the horizon, low, the port of Ambon, yet a shadow. The enemy, small, indiscrete spots, smoke rising in columns, as ships struggle to get away
The wind is cold upon Nishimura's face,
he raises his glasses, 12000, 13000 yards?.....a cruiser, 5 destroyers, peeling towards him.....
But sweeping down from port, a great curtain of rain.........
"Port 15!, prepare for action, starboard!"
The enemy line ripples with fire, bright flashes in the grey light, and then, coldly, abruptly, the rain pounds down.
""Blind as a bat sir!"
And so they shoulc be too.........
Nishimura looks about his bridge, at the men who follow him. They will not flinch, HE, will not flinch.
The heavy cruisers guns are swung to starboard, they have little elevation......
The rain pours down,. in the silence, in the wet, they plungs on
""Standby men........this will be nasty"
The rain, as abruptly as it begins, ends......
2000 yards away, parralel, guns pointing at them, CL Montepellier, the destroyers
And hell breaks lose