Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

by Patrick Bishop

Harpercollins (uk) | October 8, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Not yet rated | write a review

The Tirpitz was Hitler''s greatest weapon. The largest battleship in Europe, ''the Beast'' as Churchill called it was reputed to be unsinkable. Lurking off Norway, it threatened vital convoys to Russia, tied up key British resources and -- despite firing its guns only once -- cast an almost supernatural shadow over the war effort. Nothing in the Allied armoury could compete. So profound was the ship''s psychological effect that, in 1942, rumour of its presence scattered an Allied convoy, leaving undefended 35 merchantmen, 24 of which were sunk.

The fear ''the Beast'' inspired would stoke an Allied obsession: to sink the Tirpitz, at any cost. Many men, over many years, would attempt what came to seem almost impossible. In total 13 major operations were launched. Midget submarines planted explosives beneath her hull, with no lasting damage. Bold attacks by Fairey Barracudas dive-bombers had little effect. It was not until 1944 that a daring raid by the RAF, under the command of one of the heroes of the Dambusters raid, finally destroyed this potent symbol of Hitler''s ambition.

Willie Tait had flown with Leonard Cheshire and Guy Gibson during the destruction of the Ruhr dams. However the third Dambuster consistently shunned the spotlight and his story till now has never been told.

With exclusive access to Tait''s personal papers, best-selling historian Patrick Bishop brings to life one of the most daring missions of the Second World War in the words of the extraordinary men and women whose courage and single-minded dedication would strike a vital blow against the Nazis and hasten Allied victory.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 3.64 × 2.37 × 0.55 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007431198

ISBN - 13: 9780007431199

Found in: History

save 71%

  • In stock online

$5.99  ea

Online Price

$19.99 List Price

or, Used from $7.63

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

by Patrick Bishop

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 3.64 × 2.37 × 0.55 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007431198

ISBN - 13: 9780007431199

From the Publisher

The Tirpitz was Hitler''s greatest weapon. The largest battleship in Europe, ''the Beast'' as Churchill called it was reputed to be unsinkable. Lurking off Norway, it threatened vital convoys to Russia, tied up key British resources and -- despite firing its guns only once -- cast an almost supernatural shadow over the war effort. Nothing in the Allied armoury could compete. So profound was the ship''s psychological effect that, in 1942, rumour of its presence scattered an Allied convoy, leaving undefended 35 merchantmen, 24 of which were sunk.

The fear ''the Beast'' inspired would stoke an Allied obsession: to sink the Tirpitz, at any cost. Many men, over many years, would attempt what came to seem almost impossible. In total 13 major operations were launched. Midget submarines planted explosives beneath her hull, with no lasting damage. Bold attacks by Fairey Barracudas dive-bombers had little effect. It was not until 1944 that a daring raid by the RAF, under the command of one of the heroes of the Dambusters raid, finally destroyed this potent symbol of Hitler''s ambition.

Willie Tait had flown with Leonard Cheshire and Guy Gibson during the destruction of the Ruhr dams. However the third Dambuster consistently shunned the spotlight and his story till now has never been told.

With exclusive access to Tait''s personal papers, best-selling historian Patrick Bishop brings to life one of the most daring missions of the Second World War in the words of the extraordinary men and women whose courage and single-minded dedication would strike a vital blow against the Nazis and hasten Allied victory.

About the Author

Patrick Bishop is a senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and author of The Irish Empire and, with Eamonn Mallie, the acclaimed book The Provisional IRA.

Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart