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Target Tirpitz is gripping WW2 storytelling at its best and a return to the RAF territory of Patrick Bishop s bestselling Bomber Boys and Fighter Boys.
The Tirpitz, Hitler s greatest weapon, was reputed to be unsinkable and the battleship inflamed an Allied obsession: to destroy her at any cost.
More than thirty daring operations were launched against the 52,000 ton monster. Royal Navy midget submarines carried out an attack of extraordinary skill and courage against her when she lay deep in a Norwegian fjord in an operation that won VCs for two participants.
No permanent damage was done and the Fleet Air Arm was forced to launch full scale attacks through the summer of 1944 to try and finish her off. But still the Tirpitz remained a significant threat to Allied operations.
It was not until November 1944 that a brilliant operation by RAF Lancaster Bombers, under the command of one of Britain's greatest but least-known war heroes finally killed off Hitler s last battleship.
Full of colour, insight and drama, Target Tirpitz is an unputdownable account of one of the great epics of the Second World War.
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This is a great wartime story, gung-ho in its praise of the men who finally sank Tirpitz, yet compassionate towards her courageous crew. Already a bestselling war historian with his books on the RAF, Target Tirpitz proves that Bishop has sea legs, and this book should add another fleet of fans to his existing army of admirers.
The story of the successive British efforts to destroy [the Tirpitz] is remarkable indeed, and Bishop deploys all his splendid narrative gifts to do it justice. Max Hastings, Sunday Times
Spellbinding...While he is adept at explaining the strategic picture it is in his intense description of set-pieces and of the heroic dedication of their human participants that Bishop excels. Daily Express
Patrick Bishop wisely concentrates his splendid narrative on the many ingenious and extremely hazardous British attempts to destroy [the Tirpitz]...Bishop does this tale extraordinary justice...Elegantly written and exhaustively researched, Target Tirpitz is a fitting memorial to all those who perished in this relatively unknown chapter of naval warfare. Daily Telegraph
The story of the successive British efforts to destroy (the Tirpitz) is remarkable indeed, and Bishop deploys all his splendid narrative gifts to do it justice Sunday Times--Sunday Times About the Author:
Patrick Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Fighter Boys , Bomber Boys , 3 Para and Ground Truth . Previously, he was a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, reporting from conflicts all over the world.
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Book Description HarperPress, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: Good. All of our books without an ISBN number (normally pre-1970 in date) are described individually in detail. Books with an ISBN number (this one included) are all offered for sale in a reasonable condition or better: some may be in very good, near fine, or fine condition. If the condition is critical to your decision to purchase, then please contact us and we will let you know our view of its condition. If the book is extremely heavy, we will need to contact you before completion of purchase to advise you of extra postage costs. Seller Inventory # 26924
Book Description Harper., London., 2012. Cloth. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. xxvi, 390pp, photos, diagrams, maps, sources, notes. The trail and destruction of Germany's mightiest warship. Clean and tight in an unclipped wrapper. 1kg Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 008132
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Book Description HarperPress, 2012. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition, First Impression. Dust jacket complete, unclipped. Original cloth boards with bright gilt titling on spine. No ownership marks. Illustrations, photograph, maps. 416 pages clean and tight. A gripping account of the epic hunt for Hitler s most terrifying battleship the legendary Tirpitz and the brave men who risked their lives to attack and destroy this most potent symbol of the Nazi s fearsome war machine. Tirpitz was the pride of Hitler s navy. To Churchill, she was the Beast , a menace to Britain s supply lines and a threat to the convoys sustaining Stalin s armies. Tirpitz was said to be unsinkable, impregnable no other target attracted so much attention. In total 36 major Allied operations were launched against her, including desperately risky missions by human torpedoes and midget submarines and near-suicidal bombing raids. Yet Tirpitz stayed afloat. It was not until November 1944 that she was finally destroyed by RAF Lancaster Bombers flown by 617 Squadron the Dambusters in a gruelling mission that tested the very limits of human endurance. The man who led the raid Willie Tait was one of the most remarkable figures of the war, flying missions almost continuously right from the start. Until now his deeds have been virtually unknown. With exclusive co-operation from Tait s family, Patrick Bishop reveals the extraordinary achievement of a man who shunned the spotlight but whose name will be renowned for generations to come. The book is a magnificent, accessibly written wartime adventure, perfect for fans of Ben Macintyre s Agent Zigzag or Operation Mincemeat . Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 144337
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