The Hunt for HitlerŐs Warship

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Regnery Publishing, Apr 8, 2013 - History - 416 pages
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Winston Churchill called it "the Beast." It was said to be unsinkable. More than thirty military operations failed to destroy it. Eliminating the Tirpitz, Hitler's mightiest warship, a 52,000-ton behemoth, became an Allied obsession.

In The Hunt for Hitler's Warship, Patrick Bishop tells the epic story of the men who would not rest until the Tirpitz lay at the bottom of the sea. In November of 1944, with the threat to Russian supply lines increasing and Allied forces needing reinforcements in the Pacific, a raid as audacious as any Royal Air Force operation of the war was launched, under the command of one of Britain's greatest but least-known war heroes, Wing Commander Willie Tait.

Patrick Bishop draws on decades of experience as a foreign war correspondent to paint a vivid picture of this historic clash of the Royal Air Force's Davids versus Hitler's Goliath of naval engineering. Readers will not be able to put down this account of one of World War II's most dramatic showdowns.

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This is the story of the battleship Tirpitz, mightiest vessel in the German Navy during World War 2, and of the many and varied attempts by the Allies to sink her in the fjords of Norway. I found the ... Read full review

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A very readable account of the amazing ingenuity and courage (over the top, in some cases) of the British airmen and sailors who were determined to destroy the Tirpitz. Read full review


Chapter 1 The Belly of the Beast
Chapter 2 Wilhelmshaven Saturday April 1 1939
Chapter 3 Swordfish
Chapter 4 Trondheim
Chapter 5 A Wonderful Chance
Chapter 6 A Somewhat Desperate Venture
Chapter 7 Smoke and Fog
Chapter 8 Provoking Nemesis
Chapter 13 Madmen
Chapter 14 The Great Adventure
Chapter 15 A Bloody Great Bang
Chapter 16 North Cape
Chapter 17 Tungsten
Chapter 18 The Third Man
Chapter 19 My God Mac Theyve Had It Today

Chapter 9 A HeartShaking Decision
Chapter 10 A HaPorth of Tar
Chapter 11 The Iron Castle
Chapter 12 Enter the Lion

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About the author (2013)

Patrick Bishop has emerged in the last decade as one of Britain’s best-regarded military historians with his books Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, which cast a new light on the men who flew in the Battle of Britain and the Strategic Air Campaign.

He has also led the field in contemporary accounts of the experiences of British troops fighting in southern Afghanistan. His 3 Para told the story of the initial break-in battle in Helmand in 2006 and won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award. He joined the Paras on their return to southern Afghanistan in 2008 and produced a sequel, Ground Truth.

His writing is underpinned by first-hand knowledge of warfare gained during a long career as a foreign correspondent. He has followed British soldiers on almost all their deployments of the last thirty years from the Falklands to Afghanistan.

He is also the author of two novels, A Good War and Follow Me Home, which has been described as ‘the first great novel of the Afghan war.’(Major Chris Hunter).

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