Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler's Mightiest Warship by Patrick Bishop

Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler's Mightiest…

byPatrick Bishop

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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 worked a senior correspondent for theDaily Telegraph. He is the author ofThe Irish Empire; the acclaimed bookThe Provisional IRAwith Eamonn Mallie; the bestsellingFighter Boys; and most recentlyBomber Boys. He lives in London.

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Title:Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler's Mightiest…Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.11 inPublished:December 10, 2012Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:000731924X

ISBN - 13:9780007319244

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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" - SUNDAY 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" - 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