Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

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Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

by Patrick Bishop

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

Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

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, 9.25 × 6.03 × 1.4 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

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I think this one is a 4.5 Stars Everyone is familiar with the Bismark but not so much with her sister the Tirpitz. This ship did not have many opportunities to venture out and wreak havoc on the Allied shipping effort in sustaining England and Russia at war. This story tells about the massive effort to sink her while she was hidden away in the fjords of Norway. The author did some serious background talking to survivors or their families from both sides and gives a complete account on the Battleship named Tirpitz. If you love a good read about WWll and Naval history, grab this.
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Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents And Dambusters

by Patrick Bishop

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.25 × 6.03 × 1.4 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007431198

ISBN - 13: 9780007431199

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